NET Visits Scottsbluff Sept. 20; presenting ‘Great Plains’ documentary

News Release Date: 
September 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

NET Visits Scottsbluff Sept. 20; presenting ‘Great Plains’ documentary

LINCOLN, Neb. (Sept. 5, 2013) -- The NET Foundations presents a special showing of “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” at 7:30 p.m. MT Friday, Sept. 20, at the historic Midwest Theater, 1707 Broadway St.,  in Scottsbluff. NET Producer Michael Farrell and photographer/producer Michael Forsberg will be on hand to discuss the filming of this production. Also attending will be Mark Leonard, NET’s new general manager, and several representatives of the NET Foundations for Television and Radio.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and a reception begin at 6:30 p.m. prior to the screening. R.S.V.P.s are requested by Sept. 16. Call 1-800-634-6788 or visit to R.S.V.P.

“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” debuted on NET Television in November, 2012. In this documentary, nationally acclaimed photographer Forsberg examines what wildness remains in the Great Plains of North America. Featuring brilliant and stunning imagery, NET Television’s “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” is based on Forsberg’s book of the same name.

PBS is offering the documentary to its local affiliates for broadcast. This is an example of the compelling and interesting work done by NET producers and filmmakers.

Michael Forsberg is a Nebraska native who has focused much of his photography work in North America’s Great Plains. Forsberg’s work has appeared in NEBRASKALand, Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife and Natural History magazines and has been exhibited  worldwide. In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service selected his image of a Nebraska tallgrass prairie as an international postage stamp. In 2004, The Wildlife Society awarded him a conservation education award. His books include  “On Ancient Wings – The Sandhill Cranes of North America,” and “Great Plains – America’s Lingering Wild.”

Forsberg is co-directing a time-lapse project with Farrell, veteran NET producer. The project is a multi-year effort using time-lapse photography to document water use in the Platte River Basin from its headwaters in the Colorado Rockies to its confluence with the Missouri River along Nebraska's eastern border.

Farrell manages special projects for NET Television, Nebraska’s statewide public television network. He is a 43-year veteran of public media, 41 of which have been spent in the production and management of documentaries about the culture, history and environment of Nebraska and the Great Plains.

Leonard joined NET in August 2013. He has been involved in public broadcasting for 32 years and most recently directed Illinois Public Media at the University of Illinois.

Farrell and Forsberg’s earlier collaboration resulted in a deep exploration of the North American Great Plains. Stretching nearly 1 million square miles down the heart of the continent, the Great Plains is a fragile and threatened ecosystem, home to a variety of wildlife and habitats. In “Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild,” Forsberg examines the wildlife and native landscapes that remain, exploring the condition of the plains ecosystem today.

Nebraska segments highlight the Platte River Valley in south central Nebraska where more than 500,000 Sandhill cranes rest and refuel on their spring migration and where a group of land stewards based in Aurora have spent decades restoring prairie.

“Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild” was funded in part by the Nebraska Humanities Council; the Nebraska Environmental Trust; the Nebraska Cultural Endowment; the Nebraska Academy of Sciences; Platte Valley Financial Services Cos. Inc.; Prairie Public Broadcasting; J.A. Woollam Foundation; Margery Nicolson; H. Lee and Carol Gendler Charitable Foundation; The Hawks Foundation; Rembolt Ludtke LLP; Duncan and Janice McGregor; Elizabeth Rubendall Foundation; 21st Century Equipment LLC; Hayes Environmental LLC; and Ron and Judy Parks. The documentary is a co-production of NET Television and Michael Forsberg Photography.

The NET Foundation for Television and the NET Foundation for Radio are statewide nonprofit 501(c) (3) citizen support organizations chartered for excellence in programming as well as support for the mission of NET. The mission of NET is to enrich lives and engage minds by connecting communities and celebrating Nebraska with services that educate, entertain and enlighten. NET connects the entire state as Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations and includes radio, television, news, sports, and educational programming. On Nov. 1, 1954, KUON-TV was activated, becoming the nation’s ninth educational television station and making Nebraska an early pioneer in the broadcast industry.



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RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Hachiya, 402-470-6694, or email at

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