Throughout July and beyond, PBS stations around the country will be broadcasting the national television premiere of Almost There, Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden's award-winning exploration of art, ethics, and aging.
The PBS broadcasts begin this Saturday July 2 at 7pm PT on PBS SoCal in Los Angeles, followed by WHUT in Washington, D.C. at 9pm ET on Monday July 4, New Mexico's KENW at 9pm MT on Tuesday, July 5, and a special broadcast of the feature-length version of the film on Chicago's WTTW at 9pm CT on Thursday, July 7.
Other cities airing the film in July will be Phoenix, Nashville, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Flint, Youngstown, Traverse City, Corpus Christi, and Fairbanks. The film is available to all PBS stations from July 1 via ITVS and NETA. If you'd like the film to air on your PBS station - please tell them! See full listings below and at http://itvs.org/television?film=almost-there.
For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton also is funny and utterly resilient. The film’s remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There has provided enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art.
Almost There was nominated for the 2016 Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award, with its star, Peter Anton, named one of the year's "unforgettable" documentary subjects. The filmworld premiered at DOC NYC 2014 and was an audience favorite at True/False 2015 and in its international premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015. It has been honored with a Special Jury Award at the Sarasota Film Festival for "complex hands-on storytelling" and a Special Jury Award at Indie Memphis for "Visionary Storytelling." It also won the Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award in Geneva, and the Audience Award at EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) in South Korea.
Almost There PBS broadcasts by city and station
- Los Angeles - PBS SoCal - 7pm, July 2
- Washington, D.C. - WHUT - 9pm, July 4
- Albuquerque - KENW - 9pm, July 5
- Chicago - WTTW - 9pm, July 7
- Phoenix - KAETDT2 - 11pm, July 8
- San Fransisco - KCSM - 10pm, July 10
- Cleveland-Akron - Western Reserve Public Media - 9pm, July 11
- Charlotte - South Carolina ETV - 10pm, July 11
- Fairbanks - KUAC - 9pm, July 11
- San Antonio - KLRN - 9pm, July 11
- Youngstown - Fusion - 9pm, July 11
- Grand Rapids - WGVU - 11pm, July 11
- Nashville - NPT - 11pm, July 12
- Flint\Traverse City - CMU - 3:30pm, July 13
- Corpus Christi - KEDT - 11pm, July 13
- Cincinnati - CET - 9pm, July 24
- Phoenix - Eight/KAET - 11pm, August 8
Several stations are also airing encore broadcasts - check http://itvs.org/television?film=almost-there for full listings
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