New Anthology Film Series Premiering on PBS Stations in April
03/29/2012

PACIFIC HEARTBEAT is a new series from Pacific Islanders in Communication and PBS Hawaii heading to PBS stations this spring. The five-part anthology series provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific its people, cultures, languages, music and contemporary issues.

Online PR News – 29-March-2012 – Boston, MA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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American Public Television (APT) to distribute PACIFIC HEARTBEAT,
a new anthology series by Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC) and PBS Hawaii
HONOLULU – Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) proudly announces the release of Pacific Heartbeat, a new anthology series that provides viewers a glimpse of the real Pacific—its people, cultures, languages, music, and contemporary issues. Pacific Heartbeat will debut on PBS stations nationwide beginning May 1, 2012 and premier in primetime on WORLD Channel Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM (ET). The May general release will coincide with Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month.

Pacific Heartbeat comes to Public Television in partnership with PBS Hawaii, and is presented and distributed by Boston-based American Public Television. It is an unprecedented collection of critically acclaimed documentaries centered on the Pacific Islander experience. From revealing exposés to rousing musical performances, the five-part series features a diverse array of programs intended to draw viewers into the heart and soul of Pacific Island culture.

“While images of island paradise are familiar to many Americans, less is known about the real stories of the people of the Pacific Islands, the unique lessons that can be found within these cultures and the contemporary challenges they face,” says Ruth Bolan, Executive Director of PIC. “This series showcases a region of the world that has not been visible to a broader North American audience. Pacific Heartbeat will entertain and enlighten viewers and take them to places they have never visited before.”

Pacific Heartbeat includes the following critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries: Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love), in which a legendary Hawaiian composer, inspired by the ancient battle cry of his royal ancestor, collaborates with a brilliant ensemble of musicians to create a multicultural concert masterpiece; Papa Mau: The Wayfinder, which recounts the fundamental role that master navigator Mau Piailug played in reawakening Polynesian pride by teaching Hawaiians the dying art of traditional voyaging without the aid of instruments; There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho, which tells the story of a Pacific Island community that must make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to stay on their beloved island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, as their home is destroyed by climate change; Under a Jarvis Moon, which reveals the untold stories of teenage Hawaiian boys who were sent on a clandestine mission to occupy deserted islands in the middle of the Pacific prior to World War II; Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar, which showcases rousing performances and rare interviews with ‘ukulele and slack key guitar masters abound at the Waimea ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, held annually in Hawaii’s cowboy country.

“For Pacific Islanders, oral storytelling has always been an important part of conveying history to the next generation,” says Leanne Ferrer, Program Director of PIC. “By preserving these stories through the language of film, we preserve our heritage.”

About Pacific Islanders in Communications:
The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding and appreciation of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. Established in Honolulu in 1991 as a national nonprofit media arts corporation, PIC is a member of the National Minority Consortia, which collectively addresses the need for programming that reflects America’s growing ethnic and cultural diversity. Primary funding for PIC and the Consortia is provided through an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Visit www.piccom.org for additional information.

About APT

American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to America’s public television stations since 1961. Since 2004, APT has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles. Among its 300 new program titles per year are prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramatic series, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. For more information, visit APTonline.org.

About the films of Pacific Heartbeat:
Waimea ‘Ukulele & Slack Key Guitar
The Portuguese brought the ‘ukulele to Hawai‘i. The Spanish brought the guitar. Today, masters of both instruments gather in Hawaii’s cowboy country, to teach, inspire, and play ‘til they drop.

Under a Jarvis Moon
Triumph and tragedy ensue when a group of Hawaiian teenaged boys are sent alone to colonize deserted islands the U.S. government in the 1930s and 40s.

Papa Mau: The Wayfinder
A Micronesian navigator holds the key to unlocking secrets of the ancient art of open ocean navigation and leads a group of young Polynesians on the maiden voyage of the Hokule‘a.

Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha (Keep Your Love)
Inspired by the ancient battle cry of his royal ancestor, a legendary Hawaiian composer collaborates with a brilliant ensemble of musicians to create a multicultural concert masterpiece.

There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho
As their land is destroyed by climate change, a Pacific Island community must make the heart-wrenching decision of whether to stay on their beloved island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land.

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