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2015 PBS Online Film Festival Features Two Independent Films from Louisiana Public Broadcasting!

The PBS Online Film Festival is online until July 17th.

June 8, 2015 – PBS announced the 25 films that will be part of the fourth annual, Webby Award-nominated PBS Online Film Festival on June 15 - July 17, 2015. Filmmakers Elliot Blunck and Jonathon Wilkins from New Orleans, LA, and Mindy Bledsoe and Rob Senska from Shreveport, LA, are among those featured in this year’s Festival.

Roku® customers will have exclusive early access to the PBS Online Film Festival for one-week via the PBS channel on Roku players and Roku TV™ models. Beginning June 15, the Festival will be available via PBS and station digital platforms including PBS.org, YouTube and PBS social media channels. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite film to win the “People’s Choice” award. For updates on the festival, follow #PBSolff on Twitter.

The two films from Louisiana Public Broadcasting are:

This short film was produced and directed by Elliot Blunck and Jonathon Wilkins, two high school seniors at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans, Louisiana. The pair originally created the film as a project for class in their high school’s film program. Based on the “success” of Disorder and by encouragement of their teachers, Blunck and Wilkins are producing a second short film, which they expect to release later this year.

A couple’s relationship is in jeopardy due to a successful crowd funded venture, as she is selected to participate in a space-travel program where there is no hope of returning to Earth. This film relates the story of her husband’s struggle to deal with the reality of the situation, and their subsequent last days together. The film was created by Mindy Bledsoe and Rob Senska, who are professional filmmakers based in Shreveport.

To vote for “Disorder” or “#TheFutureIsCrowdFunded,” go to http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/home/.

The PBS Online Film Festival showcases powerful and engaging stories from filmmakers across the country. The Festival has become a popular annual online event; last year it attracted more than 350,000 streams and 50,000 votes cast for the winner, as well as a nomination in the 2015 Webby Awards category for Online Film & Video: Variety (Channel).

This year’s line up features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, StoryCorps and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local member stations including Alaska Public Media, CET/ThinkTV (Cincinnati/Dayton), KLRU-TV Austin PBS, KQED (San Francisco), Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Twin Cities Public Television, UNC-TV and Vermont PBS. Promotional partners for the PBS Online Film Festival include Independent Lens and World Channel.

“PBS, and its member stations, prides itself as the home for independent film,” said Ira Rubenstein, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PBS Digital. “With the Online Film Festival, and the early viewing access we’re providing to millions of Roku customers, PBS and its member stations have the opportunity to bring unique, high-quality independent film to a highly engaged, digitally savvy audience.”

Margaret T. Schlaudecker, LPB, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 225-767-4276


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