Friday, March 21, 2014

"Through My Eyes" and "Hit and Run History" Debut on Rhode Island PBS

Beginning March 29, 2014, Rhode Island PBS begins broadcasting new episodes of the two travel series, Through My Eyes (TME) and Hit and Run History (HRH), both grassroots productions of the Cape Cod Community Media Center.

 “In our last series, we followed Ava and Sofie, then ages 7 and 8, as they explored three cities in China,” explains TME director Jen Sexton. The elementary education travel series is specifically designed for classroom use. “Kids, parents, and teachers raved about them, and told us they wanted more.”

TME’s "Skipping School" was nominated for a New England Emmy in 2013. Offered the chance to accompany HRH to South America, the Cape Cod Travel Girls jumped at the chance. “To the City of Fair Winds,” TME’s first episode in the new series on Rhode Island PBS, introduces young viewers to the exciting capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires.

As “Gumshoe Historians,” the scrappy band of Hit and Run History has been following the story of the first American voyage ‘round the world. Less Ken Burns, and more of an adventure travel show, HRH’s exploits have taken them all over the Northeast and across to Cape Verde.

“Our style of storytelling lends itself to short-form serialization,” says HRH creator and host Andrew Buckley. “This is snackable history.”

Emmy-nominated "7,377 Miles from Home" opens HRH’s new series on Rhode Island PBS. In this episode, footage from two days of travel accompanies an interview with Samantha Addison of the Falklands Islands Radio Service, tracking from Cape Cod to New York, Chile and cross-country on East Falkland.

“We lead off with a clear picture of how remote and stark this place really is,” says Buckley.

Episodes are short - less than ten minutes in length – and will be scheduled between longer format programs as space permits throughout the schedule. To build continuity for the audience, Rhode Island PBS will regularly schedule the series on Saturday nights; Through My Eyes will air at 8:50 p.m. and Hit and Run History will air at 9:50 p.m.