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The Story of California’s State Parks Captured in Award-Winning Film California Forever

New Broadcast Markets Announced California Forever to Premiere on PBS’s World on Oct. 12 and Throughout Nation In Sept. and Oct.

New national broadcast markets have just been announced as

Backcountry Pictures

and KQED present

California Forever

, a two-part PBS television special that tells the story of California’s magnificent state parks. The two one-hour programs remind viewers of the importance of California’s state parks as well as their priceless legacy. California Forever is now also scheduled to air on PBS’s WORLD on Oct. 12, 2012 and throughout the nation in September and October. The special will air in 43 states. For local air dates, check local listings; and for a complete air date schedule, please visit

http://cal4ever.com/2012/07/13/air-dates/

.

Known for telling compelling stories with stunning imagery, California Forever further solidifies Backcountry Pictures’ reputation for producing programs with high-end production values. Oscar(r)-nominated director-writer David Vassar, Backcountry Pictures co-founder and producer Sally Kaplan, and cinematographer Christopher Tufty capture the arresting visuals of California’s state park in two, one-hour documentaries.

“Although there have been challenges with park closures and unreported funding, the current issues will be resolved and fade but the scenic lands and historic sites that state parks protect must never be forgotten,” said David Vassar. “In California Forever, we hope to encourage viewers to explore state parks in their neighborhoods and across California; to remind them of the priceless legacy that parks protect and to honor the individuals and groups who fought to preserve them.”

California Forever: The History of California State Parks highlights the discovery and creation of California’s state parks system and celebrates the individuals and groups whose passion and commitment helped preserve and protect them for future generations. It takes viewers on a scenic, cultural and historical tour of California’s state parks highlighting the people, key events and locales that made California history.

California Forever: Parks for the Future presents the very real challenges that state parks are currently facing in California. Among these are habitat destruction by overuse; protection of native species at the expense of recreation; reclaiming industrial brown fields to create new parks in dense urban areas; establishing historic sites that commemorate people and events from diverse cultures; and park closures.

NOTE: For complete air dates visit

http://cal4ever.com/2012/07/13/air-dates/

. Visit

http://www.PBS.org

for more information.

Backcountry Pictures shooting California Forever on location in Big Basin Redwoods State Park – California’s second state park. Photo by Joeann Edmonds-Mathew – c2011

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