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ARTBOUND MAKES ITS TELEVISION DEBUT ON KCET'S 'OPEN CALL' SERIES AUGUST 16 AT 9 PM

ARTBOUND MAKES ITS TELEVISION DEBUT ON KCET'S 'OPEN CALL' SERIES AUGUST

16 AT 9 PM

Innovative transmedia series showcasing arts and culture of Southern and

Central California allows viewers to vote for the online content that 
they love to air on TV.

Burbank, CA - August 8, 2012 - KCET, the nation's largest

independent public television station, is proud to present the television

premiere of its groundbreaking transmedia series,
Artbound, on KCET's original series Open Call, airing August 16

at
9 p.m. which explores Southern

California's multifaceted art scene and diverse cultural landscape.

Since its launch in May, 20 experienced writers, curators

advisors and critics, each bringing a unique cultural and artistic vantage

point from across the Southland, have contributed more than 150 online columns

to the initiative.

These

long-form, multimedia articles were rated by readers and vetted by the Artbound editorial team
every week. The articles that received the most

votes were produced into weekly short online videos. The inaugural Artbound television show will feature

the best of these extraordinary videos chosen by fans online to date, and marks

the first time in KCET history that viewers were able

to curate the content they watch on television. Each month until November, a

new Artbound program will air on

KCET.

Some

of the videos presented on air include:

"¢"Jack Rabbit Homestead" by Kim Stringfellow, which

highlights remote desert communities in San

Bernardino
county;

"¢The Date Farmers" by Drew Tewksbury, which tells the

story of an eclectic group of artists in the Coachella Valley and their

influence on Chicano pop art;

"¢"California Hot Tubbing: An Oral History of the

Steam Egg" by Robby Herbst, which spotlights a communal steam bath in the shape

of an egg in downtown Los Angeles; and

"¢"A Year in the Life: Manuel Paul López's '1984'" by

Amy Sanchez, an animated short, that delves into López's encyclopedic knowledge

of modern and contemporary literature and border-child vernacular sensibility.

To celebrate Artbound's

on air debut, KCET will host a screening at The Downtown Independent in Los

Angeles.
   

Artbound is funded by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the

Department of Cultural Affairs City Of Los Angeles Viewers on the go can

connect with Artbound on Facebook (facebook.com/KCETartbound) and Twitter

(@kcetartbound). Juan Devis, KCET's Director of Production and Program

Development is the executive producer for the series. Seasoned multimedia

journalist, Drew Tewksbury serves as Artbound's

managing editor and producer. Artbound is produced in collaboration with

B-Curious Production helmed by Bruce Dickson.

ABOUT OPEN

CALL

Open Call, hosted by internationally

acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer Suzanna Guzm
àn, showcases the work of top Southern California arts

and culture organizations and schools. The weekly series features a wide

variety of productions from intriguing profiles of artists and their

organizations to full-length performances in music, dance, visual arts and the

spoken word filmed live in theaters and cultural venues around the region.
KCET's Open

Call
will also capture young, emerging talent as they study, create and

perform exciting, cutting-edge work
at top schools across The Southland.

ABOUT KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role

in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California.

KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the

finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently

produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal

Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time weekly television news program that

examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year

history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news

and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions,

its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and

community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported

community institution. For additional information about KCET productions,

web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit

kcet.org.

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