NET 360 Film ‘Under the Milky Way’ Part of 2019 PBS Online Film Festival

News Release Date: 
July 3, 2019

For Immediate Release

NET 360 Film ‘Under the Milky Way’ Part of 2019 PBS Online Film Festival

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 3, 2019) – Created by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, the 360 video “Under the Milky Way” has been selected as one of 25 short films to be featured in the 2019 PBS Online Film Festival.

PBS 2019 Online Film Festival

This is the second consecutive year an NET production was chosen to be part of the festival. “Total Eclipse of the Heartland” was featured in 2018 and was the first 360 video ever included.

Beginning Monday, July 15, viewers can watch the films, vote and share their favorites. The PBS Online Film Festival has attracted more than 7 million video streams during its first seven years. Visit netNebraska.org/filmfestival to vote for your favorite 2019 films.

As a result of light pollution, nearly 80 percent of Americans can’t see the Milky Way galaxy from their homes at night. NET’s “Under the Milky” follows a group of people who leave the bright lights of the city and travel to “dark skies territory” in Nebraska’s Sandhills in an effort to reconnect with nature’s nocturnal majesty.

NET’s 360 videos tell stories from different perspectives. Produced using a collection of cameras with multiple wide-angle lenses, the separate footage is merged or “stitched” together to create one spherical, high resolution piece. Often called immersive video, 360 video puts the viewer in the middle of the action and lets them choose where to look.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, the minority consortia, ITVS and POV.

To watch other 360 videos by NET, visit netNebraska.org/360.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.