Screenings of Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Offered Across Nebraska

News Release Date: 
August 3, 2017

For Immediate Release

Screenings of Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Offered Across Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb (Aug. 3, 2017) – Preview screenings of the highly anticipated new Ken Burns’ documentary “The Vietnam War,” will take place across Nebraska in August and September leading up to its Sept. 17 premiere.

Free and open to the public, screenings will be followed by a discussion with local Vietnam Veterans. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, a political scientist and assistant vice chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a military veteran, will facilitate panel discussions at all locations except for events at the Nebraska History Museum. Marty Ramirez, former Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, will facilitate the screenings at the museum.

These events are presented by NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, to provide outreach and public engagement in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Times, dates and locations include (all times local):

Omaha: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. screening, Aug. 15, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Mammel Hall, more information and RSVP vietnam.unomaha.edu/screening, 402-554-2800

Lincoln: Noon-1 p.m., Aug. 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 6, Nebraska History Museum

7 p.m., Sept. 11, Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center

Falls City: 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. screening and discussion, Aug. 23, Falls City Library and Arts Center

Grand Island: 7 p.m., Aug. 24, The Grand Theatre

Scottsbluff: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 31, Midwest Theater

Fremont: 7 p.m., Sept. 5, Midland University, Eppley Auditorium

Ogallala: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Sept. 7, Prairie Theatre

North Platte: 7 p.m., Sept. 7, North Platte Community College South Campus, McDonald-Belton Theater, limited seating, reserved tickets available at NPCC Welcome Centers (maximum four per person)

Noon, Sept. 15, Prairie Arts Center

Norfolk: 7 p.m., Sept. 12, Johnny Carson Theatre

Hastings: 1:30 p.m., Sept. 17, Super Screen Theatre, Hastings Museum

These NET events are coordinated in partnership with the Daughters of the American Revolution, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission. For more information, visit netNebraska.org/vietnam for updates on these events, plus related materials, photos, videos and more.

In addition, NET will collect stories related to “The Vietnam War” to include on this website. Stories can be sent to mflorenc@netad.unl.edu and should be no more than 500 words accompanied with a photo of the veteran.

“The Vietnam War,” a new 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premieres Sunday, Sept. 17. The first five episodes will air nightly Sept. 17-21, and the final five episodes will air nightly Sept. 24-Sept. 28, all at 7 p.m. CT on NET. South Vietnamese troops fly over the Mekong Delta - THE VIETNAM WAR

In an immersive narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never been told on film. “The Vietnam War” features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides.

Ten years in the making, the series brings the war and the chaotic epoch it encompassed viscerally to life. It includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, including photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, as well as historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies and revelatory audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.

Soldiers on a search and destroy operation - THE VIETNAM WAR Viewers are encouraged to join the conversation via social media by using #VietnamWarPBS.

Funding for “The Vietnam War” is provided by Bank of America; Corporation for Public Broadcasting; PBS; David H. Koch; The Blavatnik Family Foundation; Park Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Pew Charitable Trusts; Ford Foundation Just Films; Rockefeller Brothers Fund; and

Members of The Better Angels Society:

Jonathan & Jeannie Lavine, Diane & Hal Brierley, Amy & David Abrams, John & Catherine Debs, Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, The Montrone Family, Lynda & Stewart Resnick, The Golkin Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Roger & Rosemary Enrico Foundation, Richard S. & Donna L. Strong Foundation, Bonnie & Tom McCloskey, Barbara K. & Cyrus B. Sweet III, The Lavender Butterfly Fund.

“The Vietnam War” is a production of Florentine Films and WETA, Washington, DC. Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. it was written by Geoffrey C. Ward and produced by Sarah Botstein, Lynn Novick and Ken Burns.

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CONTACT: Sandi Karstens, 402-470-6578, skarstens@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations

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