Free Public Screening of NET Film 'Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine' April 10

News Release Date: 
March 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

Free Public Screening of NET Film ‘Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine’ April 10

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 18, 2014) -- The public is invited to a free screening of the NET film “Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine” beginning at 7 p.m. April 10 at the  McDonald Belton Theater at Mid-Plains Community College, 601 W. State Farm Rd., South Campus, North Platte.

The event, hosted by the NET Foundations and NebraskaLand National Bank, is free and open to the public. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m.

The film, which has been accepted by PBS for future national airing, explores the work of the late Emery Blagdon, a native of Stapleton, Neb. His unpainted farm shed housed his life work: a healing machine made from found objects. Blagdon was a visionary artist. Now, long after his death, his work is considered an exemplar of the self-taught art genre. Blagdon’s art was nearly lost, but a former Nebraskan now living in New York City saved it from dispersal. This film examines the importance of the art and tells the story of how it was rescued and how its reputation was lifted.

After the screening, a panel composed of NET filmmakers Kelly Rush and Pat Aylward; Roger Neth, a longtime friend of Blagdon’s; and Audrey Kauders, director of the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, will discuss the film with the audience.

Several NET officials will attend the event, including Debbie Hamlett, NET assistant general manager for development and marketing; and Michele Peon-Casanova, director of major and planned giving for NET Foundations.

For planning purposes, RSVP to or call NET Customer Service, 800-634-6788 by April 3. For more information, contact Peon-Casanova at 402-470-6375.


CONTACT: Michele Peon-Casanova, at 402-470-6375 or

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

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