CPT12 Partners with Alamo Drafthouse and DocuWest Film Fest for September 13 Event

Denver (September 8, 2017) – Colorado Public Television (CPT12) has partnered with the Sloan’s Lake location of the Alamo Drafthouse and the DocuWest Film Fest to provide a free screening of exclusive preview clips from the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, THE VIETNAM WAR, on September 13 at 7 pm. A CPT12 original short film and a panel discussion on the topic of PTSD and alternative healing therapies will follow the film feature.

The event precedes the September 17 broadcast premiere of THE VIETNAM WAR, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series that tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides – Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

CPT12 has produced a local short film set to debut at the screening that focuses on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and alternative healing therapies like acupuncture, cranial sacral therapy and healing touch, and trauma-informed yoga. Practitioners of these therapies and veterans who are benefiting from them are featured in the film. Those practitioners, from Comeback Yoga and Healing Warriors, along with representatives from VFW Post 1 and Mindfulness Peace Project, a military psychologist/veteran, and a veteran who has benefited from alternative healing will make up the panel discussion. Michael de Yoanna, award-winning journalist and news director for KUNC public radio in Greeley, Colorado will moderate the panel discussion.

“The partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse and the DocuWest Film Festival is very exciting for us,” said Kim Johnson, President and General Manager of Colorado Public Television. “CPT12’s mission is to convene the Colorado community by connecting people in our community through shared experiences and open conversation. With the Alamo Drafthouse opening their state-of-the-art theater to us, and with DocuWest Film Fest including us in their documentary screenings, we together, are able to present this opportunity to connect around veterans, their stories and how communities can support their healing process.”

Ten years in the making, THE VIETNAM WAR includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era, and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma. 

THE VIETNAM WAR debuts on September 17 on along with story sharing, veterans resources and other community-engagement assets. Streaming will be available through October 3. CPT12 will broadcast the entire series starting in January.