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KCETLink's Original Documentary, STAND UP PLANET, Premieres at the 57th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival on April 28

 Documentary Showcases the Universal Power of Comedy

 to Change the

World One Joke at a Time

Stand Up Planet Host Hasan Minhaj along with comedian

Nato Green

will Perform Live Comedy Sets Prior to the Screening

Co-presented by SF Sketchfest

LOS ANGELES, CA - April 14, 2014 - KCETLink, the national

independent public media organization, will the premiere its original

comedy documentary, STAND UP PLANET

at the San Francisco International Film Festival

on April 28.

As a selection in the Festival's Live & Onstage

lineup, which features special guests that provide attendees with an unforgettable live

experience, STAND UP PLANET's host, L.A.-based comic,


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(Arrested Development, MTV's Failosophy) and comedian NatoHYPERLINK "natogreen.com" Green (

The Nato

Sessions, Iron Comic

), will precede the film's presentation with live, politically minded comedy sets at the

Sundance Kabuki Cinemas at 9:15


This event is co-presented by




STAND UP PLANET is equal parts reality TV,

documentary journey and travelogue that brings viewers on a quest to find some

of the best humor coming from far corners of the developing world. The comedy

documentary, along with a companion comedy showcase and transmedia shorts,

follow Minhaj's epic journey of discovery to find the freshest comic voices in

the most unlikely places: Mumbai, India and Johannesburg, South Africa. Along

the way, Minhaj follows the jokes and personal experiences of these

international comics deep into the hard truths of some of the toughest global

poverty issues of our time. Along with a posse of friends, including acclaimed











Minhaj invites comedians from India and South Africa to take part in the

biggest night of their lives - performing in an international comedy showcase

and television show in Hollywood - after a stop to meet three of comedy's

legends: Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner and producer Norman Lear.

"We're so excited to premiere STAND UP PLANET

at the San Francisco International Film Festival later this month," said David

Munro, director and an executive producer, STAND UP PLANET.  "Comedy is a powerful weapon that a new

generation of storytellers is using to spark change all over the world. Comedy

doesn't recognize borders, and nothing is funnier - or more dangerous - than

the truth."


Festival tickets and information visit, festival.sffs.org

The worldwide television premiere of STAND UP PLANET airs on Link TV

and Pivot simultaneously on May 14, 2014 starting at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT. The

KCET (Southern California) broadcast airs at 9 p.m. PT on May 14, 2014.

In addition, STAND UP PLANET's digital campaign - hosted on www.StandUpPlanet.org - provides

viewers with behind-the-scenes content and ways to learn, share information and

take action on global poverty in India and South Africa. The two-part

documentary - STAND UP PLANET and STAND UP PLANET: Comedy Showcase

will also be streamed on www.StandUpPlanet.org

following the television premiere.

STAND UP PLANET is funded by a grant

from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and produced by independent

broadcaster KCETLink in association with Kontent Films. The television elements

were directed by David Munro, and the project's executive producers are Wendy

Hanamura, Caty Borum Chattoo, Paul S. Mason, Craig Minassian, David Munro,

Xandra Castleton, Mark Decena and Teri Heyman. Munro and Castleton are the TV

program's creators. The project's transmedia executive producers and directors

are Caty Borum Chattoo and Wendy Hanamura.

Follow STAND UP PLANET on Twitter at @standupplanettv and on

Facebook at facebook.com/StandUpPlanet. 

Follow the conversations at #StandUpPlanet. To learn more, watch the trailer and visit


About KCETLink

KCETLink is the national independent public transmedia

organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media.  A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its

content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV (375) and DISH

(9410), in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through

various digital delivery systems.  The

combined organization reaches a wide broadcast audience that includes Link TV's

33 million satellite subscribers and KCET's 5.6 million households in Southern

and Central California. KCETLink is committed to

driving public media innovation with smarter ways to access content that

engages all audiences with global storytelling. For

additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content,

programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or


57th San Francisco International Film Festival

The 57th San Francisco International Film Festival runs April 24-May 8 at

the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Castro Theatre and New People Cinema in San

Francisco and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Held each spring for 15

days, the International is an extraordinary showcase of cinematic discovery and

innovation in one of the country's most beautiful cities, featuring 200 films

and live events, 14 juried awards and nearly $40,000 in cash prizes, upwards of

100 participating filmmaker guests and diverse and engaged audiences with more

than 65,000 in attendance.

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