Nine-Month Long Anthology Series of Independent Film Begins October 24 With Season Premiere THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET
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SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Independent Lens announced today that Terrence Howard, Academy Award(R) nominee for his performance in Hustle & Flow, will be the host of the 2006-2007 season. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this fall, the critically acclaimed PBS series will kick off with THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET on Tuesday, October 24th at 9 PM (check local listings).
"As the Series Producer of Independent Lens, I am so pleased to announce this year's host as Terrence Howard. Every season we have had an extraordinary actor as our host, including Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle and Susan Sarandon. Terrence Howard is a truly exciting addition to this wonderful list of actors who support Independent Lens," said Lois Vossen. "Terrence Howard lights up the screen with his incredible talent as an actor and trained musician. He has demonstrated his commitment to the craft of acting and especially to the unique endeavors of independent filmmaking. He is the perfect host of the new Independent Lens season and we are honored to be working with him."
"I am so thrilled to be the host of Independent Lens this season. I'm a passionate believer in the power of independent filmmaking to take us to places we never thought we'd see, and to connect us to people we would likely never know," said Howard. "In this season alone, our filmmakers take us from Ethiopia to Cuba to small-town USA, with portraits of people as diverse as the jazz genius Billy Strayhorn, the people behind the Enron scandal, and a man who saves a flock of wild parrots -- even teenage beauty queens who skin muskrats for their talent competition. I hope everyone will join us for the amazing season ahead."
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SESAME STREET explores the drama, challenges and complexities behind producing international versions of the world's most- watched children's television program. Produced and directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan with Participant Productions (Good Night and Good Luck, An Inconvenient Truth).
Other films this season will include WILD PARROTS OF TELEGRAPH HILL, ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and HIP HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes.
Source: Independent Television Service