|Intensity TV: Second Press Release|
INTENSITY TV Returns to KQED Public Television 9
With Original New Film Shorts Beginning June 16th
Jack Lemmon Stars in June 16th Short
Popular Series Has Captured Television's Elusive Saturday Night Viewers
Inktomi Remains Exclusive Corporate Funder of Debut Season
San Francisco, California...After positive critical reviews, new and solid viewership, and strong audience reaction, Intensity TV returns with six new episodes over three weekends to satiate viewers with gripping drama and surreal science fiction. Intensity TV -- labeled intense because the films keep you glued to your seat for the entire two-hour block of films -- presents the best independent film shorts from around the world and returns exclusively to KQED Public Television 9 beginning Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m.; the series continues Saturdays, June 23 and 30 at 8 p.m.
The themed episodes include "Intense Sci-Fi: Future Tense," "Intense Drama: Do Animals Weep?," "Intense Drama: Dignity," "Intense Drama: The Criminal Mind," "Intense Drama: On Death and Dying" and "Intense Drama: Family Matters." Many of the films come from alumni of University of California film schools, including those in Davis, Santa Barbara and southern California. In addition, local native Andres Garcia-Price (Berkeley) brings viewers "Dry Spell." Hollywood notable and Academy Award-winner Jack Lemmon stars in "Puppies for Sale" (June 16 at 9 p.m.).
Inspired by such legendary television fare as The Twilight Zone and the Night Gallery series, Intensity TV sparks and saturates audiences with stimulating and thought-provoking stories that leave a lasting impression long after the television screen is turned off. The talented creators behind the films of Intensity TV are a far from homogenous lot, including international filmmakers, Hollywood insiders, film school students and first-time moviemakers. Short films allow filmmakers to experiment with fresh, bold ideas and stretch the traditional confines of style. And since many of the filmmakers featured on Intensity TV are new faces in the film world, they aren't afraid to buck the trends and challenge the rules of conventional filmmaking.
"Intensity TV has been a series that Bay Area lovers of independent film have embraced," said Scott Dwyer, curator of Intensity TV and KQED's director of programming for Public Television 9.
Intensity TV is also inspired by the Age of Internet, and has brought the television debut of many short films that have previously been seen exclusively by audiences on the Web. And as such, Intensity TV has a rich and robust Web site at kqed.org/intensitytv, where Internet surfers will find a Web-only film festival of shorts not included in the broadcast version of the series. The companion site offers film descriptions; filmmaker biographies and contact information; information on how surfers can submit their films for review; and viewer feedback. Web site viewers will also be able to vote for their favorite films to be included in an Intensity TV marathon in August. Nearly 10,000 fans have gone to the Web site to view films and lengthen their Intensity TV experience.
Intensity TV is part of KQED's Independent Initiative, created in 1999, that showcases independent works by filmmakers across the world and fosters collaboration between KQED and the Bay Area's world-renowned independent filmmaking community. Through the Independent Initiative, media sponsorship of Bay Area independent film festivals and local series Independent View and Intensity TV, KQED nurtures and enables the creation and broadcast of independently produced programs.
Funding for Intensity TV is provided by Inktomi and the members of KQED.
KQED operates KQED Public Television 9, the nation's most-watched public television station, and Digital Television 30, Northern California's only public television digital signal; KQED Public Radio 88.5 FM, the most listened-to public radio station in the nation; the KQED Education Network, which brings the impact of KQED to thousands of teachers, students, parents and media professionals through workshops, seminars and resources; and www.kqed.org, which harnesses the power of the Internet to bring KQED to communities across the Web.