We are proud to announce that our doc­u­men­tary film, BEYOND THE DIVIDE, aired on Minnesota’s Twin Cities pub­lic tele­vi­sion sta­tion (tpt), Chan­nel 2, on Novem­ber 9th in con­junc­tion with the station’s Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram­ming. It will air again on 11/21 at 9:00 pm. Jan Sel­by pro­duced and direct­ed the film and col­lab­o­rat­ed with Bill Kersey, edi­tor (Starfish Throw­ers, Amer­i­can Heart), and singer/songwriter Chris Koza (In Real Time, Rogue Val­ley) who com­posed and per­formed the orig­i­nal sound­track. The tpt broad­cast is the film’s tele­vi­sion pre­miere.

BEYOND THE DIVIDE pre­miered at the Big Sky Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val and gar­nered numer­ous awards at film fes­ti­vals includ­ing Best Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary (Peace on Earth Film Fes­ti­val, Black Hills Film Fes­ti­val) and Best of the Fest at the Sebastopol Doc­u­men­tary Film Fes­ti­val.

From our media release:

Tom Holter, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Pro­gram­ming at Twin Cities Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion, notes, ‘We have a long-stand­ing com­mit­ment to acquire and present the works of Min­neso­ta film­mak­ers as part of the TPT sched­ule, and I think our audi­ence will be inspired by this hope­ful sto­ry. The doc­u­men­tary cap­tures peo­ple dis­cov­er­ing the courage to build bridges with­out sac­ri­fic­ing their val­ues. It’s par­tic­u­lar­ly time­ly as we con­sid­er how to hon­or vet­er­ans for their ser­vice and care for them upon their return home.’

PBS Sto­ries of Ser­vice recent­ly spon­sored a screen­ing of the film at the KPBS GI Film Fes­ti­val in San Diego. Ron Pierce, Senior Direc­tor of Vet­er­an Ini­tia­tives, PBS orig­i­nal­ly saw the film at the GI Film Fes­ti­val in Wash­ing­ton D.C. ‘BEYOND THE DIVIDE is an elo­quent film that speaks to the divide between the vet­er­an and civil­ian com­mu­ni­ties and how this divide can be healed with com­pas­sion and courage. I rec­om­mend it to vet­er­ans and those who have lit­tle con­nec­tion to the vet­er­an com­mu­ni­ty as a way to encour­age heal­ing and under­stand­ing.’ ”

To learn more about BEYOND THE DIVIDE, and to view the trail­er, vis­it http://beyondthedividefilm.com.

Quotes from BEYOND THE DIVIDE

Courage is not con­fined to the bat­tle­field… I salute, not only my fel­low sol­diers and vet­er­ans, but all of you who are will­ing to stand for prin­ci­ple. Who give your heart and soul and ener­gy to a cause you believe in, espe­cial­ly for those who speak the lan­guage of peace.” – Dan Gal­lagher, Viet­nam Vet­er­an

Regard­less of our philo­soph­i­cal per­spec­tive, it’s the vet­er­ans and the fam­i­lies of those vet­er­ans that bear the bur­dens long after our argu­ments about it are done. Those peo­ple are still fight­ing in our name and bear­ing wounds in our name. Those wounds will last a life­time for them.” — Bet­sy Mul­li­gan Dague, Peace Advo­cate

We all want to see a bet­ter world, and we all want to play our part in its cre­ation. Our dif­fer­ences will nev­er be as impor­tant as the things that we have in com­mon.” — Bet­sy Mul­li­gan Dague, Peace Advo­cate

I’m still the same per­son who believes that ser­vice to coun­try is an hon­or­able thing. We’re not talk­ing about four bil­lion fluffy kit­tens, we’re talk­ing about gen­uine peace.” – Dan Gal­lagher, Viet­nam Vet­er­an