TUCSON, AZ – August 18, 2016 – American Public Television (APT) announced that it will distribute Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West to at least 78 stations nationally in top DMAs including Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Austin, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, Philadelphia and New York. American Public Television is a leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations. Depending on individual station schedules, the documentary may start airing as early as October 2016.
Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West is a collaborative project between Arizona Public Media (AZPM), the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). Award-winning filmmaker Cody Sheehy reveals new technologies and challenges old ideas through interwoven stories that connect the Colorado snowpack to the bright lights of Las Vegas; presents the challenges facing and competition between the desert cities of Arizona, California and Nevada and potential solutions being developed in Israel and China. The film first premiered on PBS 6 in Tucson in April 2016.
Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West is the documentary component of a multi-media effort to engage people of all ages in water sustainability with the goal of making everyone in Arizona a water expert. More information is available at beyondthemirage.org
Cody Sheehy, Producer/Director
Cody Sheehy, is an Emmy® award winning filmmaker responsible for the creative vision of the overall Beyond the Mirage project. Sheehy has successfully produced documentaries all over the world, from the steppes of Mongolia, the Australian outback, to the jungles of Costa Rica. His films, which have focused on natural resources, the environment and the people who are connected to them, have aired on PBS affiliate stations across the United States. His unique ability to tell this story stems from his long passion for science. He holds a Masters of Science in Range Ecology, is a published author in scientific journals and has worked closely with academics from around the world for more than a decade.
John Booth, Executive Producer
With a 30+ year career in broadcast journalism, John Booth has worked in all aspects of production, including videography, editing, directing and producing. His body of work includes national PBS programs such as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, Frontline and Nova. Booth has also produced and written documentary programs including: Sinking the Lusitania; Occupied Japan and episodes of The Great Lodges of the National Parks and Great American Railway Journeys. Booth’s work has earned him multiple awards including Tellys, CINEs, a Chicago International Film Silver Hugo Award, several regional Emmys® and two NHK Japan Prizes.
American Public Television (APT) has been a leading syndicator of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations since 1961. For more than 10 years, APT has annually distributed one-third or more of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles in the U.S. Among its 300 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. AfroPop, America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Rick Steves’ Europe, Front and Center, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Midsomer Murders, Lidia’s Kitchen, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home join numerous documentaries and performance programs popular with public television viewers. aptonline.org
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