Chat Live with Ken Burns and the National Parks Production Team


By now, we all know a thing or two about the upcoming "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."  Coming to PBS in September, the film took over six years to film and produce.  You may not realize, though, that the reach of the National Parks experience goes far beyond the film, including the chance to talk to the filmmakers directly about the National Parks project.

Florentine Films, WETA and PBS Interactive have put together a comprehensive interactive experience that includes a badge collecting widget for Facebook or MySpace to show off the parks you have visited, an online photo hunt on YouTube, and a place to share personal stories on the National Parks website.   

To accompany these online features, PBS Engage will host a trio of live chat events, beginning with Ken Burns on July 10th at 1 pm EDT.  The award winning filmmaker will answer questions about his latest project, his passion for the American landscape and his artistic process.  Later in the summer, join us for a live event with Dayton Duncan, writer and producer of National Parks on August 10th at 2 pm EDT.  Film editor Paul Barnes will answer questions on September 28th at 2pm EDT.  PBS Engage invites you to spread the word to your communities.  All three events are open for questions now at www.pbs.org/chat and participants may vote on their favorite questions to appear during the live session. 

For more information, please feel free to contact me, Lauren Saks, at lssaks@pbs.org.



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