Groundbreaking New Series and Documentaries Take Viewers
on a Global Exploration of News and Culture
San Francisco, Calif. - Jan. 14, 2014 - Link TV, the nationally syndicated satellite television network and global content provider, announced a slate of new programs for the New Year, providing viewers with an impressive global lineup of informative series and documentaries. In addition, DOC-DEBUT, a dynamic series that offers American audiences bold perspectives on world events and culture, as seen through the eyes of individuals across the globe, returns to Link TV each Saturday night, beginning Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Link TV is available via satellite on DIRECTV 375 and DISH Network channel 9410. For more information, visit linktv.org.
e2 - Jan. 23, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT
Narrated by Brad Pitt, e2 is a dynamic 18-episode critically acclaimed series about the pioneers and innovators in the field of sustainable architecture, and how their work is producing solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges. The series features compelling stories from around the globe, including Beijing, Nova Scotia, Ladakh and New York.
*Highest Pass - Jan. 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
A modern Indian yogi and guru conduct a voyage with seven riders from the jungles of Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, into the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. With a broad range of skills and personalities, the team navigates the difficult terrain, pursuing the highest passes of India and those within themselves.
Chinese Restaurants - Jan. 31, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Launching on Chinese New Year, this series tells the story of the Chinese Diaspora through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. In this 13-part series, Canadian filmmaker Cheuk Kwan takes us on a tour of restaurants around the world, bringing us into the lives of extraordinary families as they share moving stories of struggle, courage, displacement and belonging, and what it means to be "Chinese" today.
*North of the Sun - Feb. 1, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
This award-winning documentary follows Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum for nine months in the cold Norwegian winter in an isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of northern Norway. Facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean, they built a cabin out of driftwood and other cast-off materials that washed up on shore, and ate expired food the stores would otherwise have thrown away. The men also brought an unlikely cold-weather accessory - their surfboards. Perhaps the biggest motivation for the arctic adventure, the remote bay holds a well-kept secret: some of the world's finest surfing waves. English subtitles.
*Punk Syndrome - Feb. 8, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
This film follows a Finnish punk rock band whose members all are learning disabled and shows the band members using punk music as an outlet to their frustration with everyday things. Last year, the film won the Audience Award in the SXGlobal category at the SXSW Festival in Austin. English subtitles.
Can Eating Insects Save the World? - Feb. 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET
This BBC documentary follows food writer Stefan Gates, as he immerses himself in the extraordinary world of hardcore insect eating in a bid to conquer his lingering revulsion of bugs and discover if they really could save the planet.
With 80,000 lbs. of insects to every human, perhaps insects could offer a real solution to the global food crisis - where billions go hungry every day whilst the meat consumption of the rich draws vast amounts of grain out of the global food chain.
*Ballroom Dancer - Feb. 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Through a unique access to a legendary dancer, Slavik Kryklyvyy, this film takes you deep inside a world at a very personal level. The former world champion is making his comeback with his younger partner and girlfriend Anna Melnikova - a comeback that turns out to be much more painful than he expected. The real competitive world of ballroom dancing, however, is as cruel as it is beautiful. English subtitles.
*Downeast - Feb. 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Set during an era of U.S. post-industrialization in which numerous factories have been exported, Downeast focuses on a Boston businessman's plan to reopen a local plant in rural Maine as a lobster-packing facility, and rescue the community from the unemployment line.
Link TV's DOC-DEBUT is made possible with a grant from the Millicent and Eugene Bell Foundation.
About Link TV
Link TV is a viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, distributed nationally via satellite on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 - reaching more than 33 million US households. Link TV is a service of KCETLink, the national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media. Select Link TV programming also airs on 220 cable outlets, including in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, reaching an additional 22 million homes. Link also streams much of its content online at LinkTV.org. For complete background information, program schedule and Internet streaming, go to LinkTV.org. Follow on Twitter @linktv , and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/linktv. Link TV is a service of KCETLink.