BURBANK, Calif. - March 6, 2018 (Investorideas.com Newswire) KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, has added special environmental programming to its spring lineup with EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS, a Wednesday night series featuring acclaimed "green" documentary films that premiere under KCET and Link TV's EARTH FOCUS banner. The lineup offers four environmental films focused on the ecological responsibility that is shared worldwide. The schedule kicks off with "Gringo Trails" which raises questions about the environmental impact of tourism and is followed by the award-winning "Bluefin" which chronicles the over-fishing of tuna. Also, CNN Hero Jock Brandis focuses on solutions for underprivileged, remote villages around the world in "Replan It" while a Kenyan farmer suddenly finds himself a climate activist on the world's stage in "Thank You for the Rain." The EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS strand of topical documentary films launches on Wed., April 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410) and in Southern California on KCET at 9 p.m. PT.
Just in time for Earth Day, the documentary offering is part of EARTH FOCUS, the longest-running environmental news magazine on U.S. television providing regional and national audiences with urgent local and global environmental coverage that spotlights issues, impact and possible solutions from a variety of unique perspectives. The new season of EARTH FOCUS will premiere in April focusing on the global concerns of adaptation, exploring how environmental changes are forcing all living creatures to adapt in order to survive.
The April lineup for EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS is as follows (subject to change):
"Gringo Trails" – Wed., April 4 on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410) at 9 p.m. ET/PT and on KCET in Southern California at 9 p.m. PT
This documentary raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time: tourism. Spanning South America, Africa and Asia, the tourist pathway known as the "gringo trail" has facilitated both life-altering adventures and the despoiling of many once virgin environments. The film follows stories along the trail to reveal the complex relationships between colliding cultures: host countries hungry for financial security and the tourists who provide it in their quest for authentic experiences. Available for streaming online at kcet.org/earthfocuspresents and linktv.org/earthfocuspresents for one week following the broadcast. (2013)
"Bluefin" – Wed., April 11 at 9 p.m. PT on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410) at 9 p.m. ET/PT and on KCET in Southern California at 9 p.m. PT
Set in the tuna capital of the world, North Lake, Prince Edward Island, Canada, director John Hopkins explores the baffling mystery of why the normally wary bluefin tuna no longer fears humans and how this plays into its endangered species status. At up to two thousand pounds, the warm-blooded giant with gills is at a risk for extinction. Available for streaming online at kcet.org/earthfocuspresents and linktv.org/earthfocuspresents for one week following the broadcast. (2016)
"Replan It" – Wed., April 18 on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410) at 9 p.m. ET/PT and on KCET in Southern California at 9 p.m. PT
From documentary filmmaker Rob Hill and CNN Hero Jock Brandis comes a ground-breaking documentary that follows a team of inventors to underprivileged, remote villages to help improve lives across the globe. Using the mantra of building sustainability through open source innovation, Jock and the team visit communities in desperate need of resources like clean water, sanitation and health care. Once there, they determine that specific community's needs and create innovative but simple solutions that will bear the most impact. Available for streaming online at kcet.org/earthfocuspresents and linktv.org/earthfocuspresents. (2015)
"Thank You for the Rain" – Wed., April 25 on Link TV nationwide (DirecTV 375 and DISH network 9410) at 9 p.m. ET/PT and on KCET in Southern California at 9 p.m. PT
Over the last five years Kisilu, a smallholder farmer in Kenya has filmed the life of his family, village and the impact of climate change by floods, droughts and storms, but also the more human costs – his kids are sent home from school when he can't pay the fees. Men are moving to towns in search for jobs, and family tensions rise. Kisilu takes this message of hope to the UN Climate Talks, in Paris, COP21. Available for streaming online at kcet.org/earthfocuspresents and linktv.org/earthfocuspresents for one week following the broadcast. (2017)
Each broadcast will be augmented by original content published on KCETLink's EARTH FOCUS web site, on related topics ranging from environmental justice to climate activism and green gentrification.
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ABOUT KCETLINK MEDIA GROUP
KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV and Roku platforms.
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