'Total Eclipse of the Heartland' in Online Film Fest

News Release Date: 
June 28, 2018

For Immediate Release
Online Film Fest Includes ‘Total Eclipse of the Heartland’

LINCOLN, Neb. (June 28, 2018) –   The 360 video “Total Eclipse of the Heartland” has been selected to be one of 25 films in the PBS Online Film Festival July 16-27. NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, produced the immersive 360 video, stitching together footage captured at Carhenge in Alliance, Rowe Sanctuary in Gibbon, Haymarket Park in Lincoln and Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, as Nebraska sat squarely in the path of totality last August. This is the first 360 video accepted into the festival.

More than 500,000 people traveled to Nebraska to view totality and this video captures crowd reactions from across the state, including science educator Bill Nye talking to the largest Nebraska crowd which gathered at Homestead National Monument.

To watch all 25 films, viewers should visit pbs.org/filmfestival or Facebook.com/PBSFilmFest Monday, July 16-Friday, July 27. At the conclusion of the festival, two winners will be selected. There will be a jury prize based on the voting of eight jurors and a peoples’ choice award based on voting via the website or Facebook. Viewers will be able to vote once every 24 hours.

“360 video is a great new medium for filmmakers to tell stories because the technology heightens the focus on experience,” said Mark Leonard, NET general manager.

Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations and ITVS and POV and has attracted more than six million video streams. Starting July 16, viewers can once again watch, vote and share their favorites as the festival offers collaborations from a wide variety of public television producers.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Mary Jane Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is Nebraska's 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.