Urban Rez Explores the Modern-Day Effects of the Relocation Program

An American Public Television Offering,

Available on October 27, 2013, for Feed
Lincoln, Neb.: The Voluntary Relocation Program, spanning from 1952-1973, was the greatest voluntary upheaval of Native Americans during the 20th century. Urban Rez explores the lasting legacy of the relocation policies that encouraged Native Americans to leave their homelands and relocate to urban areas across the country.

Urban Rez’s unique approach to this historical reflection of the Voluntary Relocation Program is interspersed with modern-day analysis which makes clear that the program that started over 60 years ago still has an effect in today’s world. Hosted by actor, musician, and Oglala Lakota member Moses Brings Plenty, this insightful film shines light on a seldom told chapter in American history.

From award-winning producer Lisa D. Olken and director Larry T. Pourier (Lakota), the film features personal stories from multiple tribal perspectives with both urban- and reservation-based views. Olken, Pourier, and the Urban Rez crew traveled to reservations and urban areas to chronicle these stories that are very different in nature from the stereotypical American Indian narrative of land loss, poverty, and scant resources.

“These are stories of tumultuous lives filled with both opportunity and disappointment and that of identities lost and reclaimed,” commented Olken.

Interviewees speak about the wonderful opportunities provided to them such as the work-education programs but also of the challenges of maintaining their tribal traditions, speaking their language, isolation, racism, and being separated from family and friends.

Urban Rez, which received major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Vision Maker Media, is an offering of the American Public Television (APT). The hour-long program will be available to public television stations nationwide on Sunday, October 27, 2013, for feed with rights beginning on November 1, 2013. For broadcast information in your area, please visit www.visionmakermedia.org/watch. Later this fall, Vision Maker Media will also be offering classroom resources at no cost to accompany the film which can be downloaded from www.visionmakermedia.org/education.
About Rocky Mountain PBS
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Rocky Mountain PBS celebrates its 57th anniversary on-air this year. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station. It is now Colorado’s only statewide network, with stations in Denver (KRMA), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ), Grand Junction (KRMJ), and Durango (KRMU).To learn more, visit www.rmpbs.org.

About Vision Maker Media
Vision Maker Media shares Native stories with the world that represent the cultures, experiences, and values of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Founded in 1977, Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) which receives major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, nurtures creativity for development of new projects, partnerships, and funding. Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality Native American and Pacific Islander educational and home videos. All aspects of our programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media–to be the next generation of storytellers. Located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we offer student employment and internships. For more information, visit www.visionmakermedia.org.

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. In 2010, APT distributed nearly 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, including For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, A Ripple of Hope, Rick Steves’ Europe, Newsline, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, America’s Test Kitchen from Cook’s Illustrated, Lidia’s Italy, P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home, Murdoch Mysteries, Doc Martin, Rosemary & Thyme, The Rat Pack: Live and Swingin’, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful! and John Denver: The Wildlife Concert. APT also licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. In 2006, APT launched Create®–the TV channel featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming. APT is also a partner in the WORLD™ channel expansion project including its web presence at WORLDchannel.org. For more information about APT’s programs and services, visit APTonline.org. For more information on Create, visit CreateTV.com.

Additional Information Regarding Urban Rez:

Feed Date/NOLA: APT  |  Sunday, October 27, 2013
URBR 000 HD-Base Revision 001 @ 12:00-13:00 ET
Run time: 1/60
Credits:
A film by Lisa D. Olken for Rocky Mountain PBS. Urban Rez is a co-production of Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc. and Vision Maker Media.
Funding for Urban Rez:
Major funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and Vision Maker Media. Additional funding provided by Edna Stuver Webster and Colorado Creative Industries.
Film Pages:
APT: http://www.aptonline.org/catalog.nsf/vLinkTitle/URBAN+REZ
Rocky Mountain PBS: http://www.rmpbs.org/urbanrez
Vision Maker Media: http://www.visionmakermedia.org/films/urban-rez
Distributed by:

Vision Maker Media
1800 N. 33rd Street; Lincoln, NE 68503
shopvisionmaker.org | 1-877-868-2250

Own on DVD:

Educational Version: http://visionmaker.semkhor.com/product.asp?s=visionmaker&pf_id=UREZ-13-E&dept_id=23444

Home Version: Available Friday, November 1, 2013, from www.shopvisionmaker.org.
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