New Local PBS Documentary “Charlottesville” Premieres at Virginia Film Festival, on TV in November | Community Idea Stations


New Local PBS Documentary “Charlottesville” Premieres at Virginia Film Festival, on TV in November

Nov. 3 - Virginia Film Festival Premiere, 4 p.m. at the Paramount Theater

Nov. 20 - Local TV Premiere, 9 p.m. on WCVE/WHTJ and WVPT PBS


Richmond, Va. - The Community Idea Stations’ new documentary “Charlottesville” explores the events that led to the tragedies of Aug. 11 and 12, 2017, and grapples with the difficult question of how such acts could have occurred in modern America.

“Charlottesville”  is the latest film in a long-standing partnership between Community Idea Stations and Univ. of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“This isn’t just a film about a terrible event in one small college town,” says Larry Sabato, Founder and Director of the Univ. of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “What happened in Charlottesville in August 2017 is a national disgrace, and the nation as a whole needs to confront a cancer growing on our Republic. The film ‘Charlottesville’ shows us what can happen anywhere in America if we don’t confront this era’s menacing malignancy of racial and religious hatred.”

Through the use of first-hand accounts, “Charlottesville” offers local insight and perspective on the events that garnered national and international attention, prompting us to ask questions about who we are as a people, what we can learn from this experience, and how we can come together as a country.

Director Paul Roberts says including stories from people who were actually at the event was of the utmost importance.

“Early in the filmmaking process, it was decided to seek people to interview who were at ground zero -- at the UVA torch rally, at the street fights in and around Emancipation Park, at the car attack on Fourth and Water Streets,” says Roberts. “Some interviewees were not present during these events, but were asked to participate because of their unique knowledge of the situation.”

Community Idea Stations’ Vice President and General Manager of Television John Felton says they decided to tackle this story because it took place in their backyard.

“Due to the local origination of the Charlottesville protest and subsequent violence centering around the event, we felt it was our obligation to tell this story from a local perspective,” says Felton.

He adds partnering with the Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics was important for telling this story.

“While the Community Idea Stations has the expertise and track record for producing award-winning national public television documentaries, the UVA Center for Politics provides the academic background and research to support these films,” says Felton. “Standing alone, neither partner would have been able to create the Charlottesville documentary.”

“Charlottesville” premieres at Virginia Film Festival Nov. 3, followed by a speech by Martin Luther King III and discussion moderated by Larry Sabato of the Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics.

Watch the local premiere of “Charlottesville” Nov. 20 at 9 p.m. on WCVE PBS, WVPT PBS, and WHTJ PBS.


About the Community Idea Stations:

The Community Idea Stations is the largest locally owned and operated public media company in the region, each week reaching more than 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.

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Lisa Tait
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