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Press Release - Public Film Premiere Coming Up at the North Dakota Heritage Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2014
Contact: Erik Holland, Education Curator
701.328.2792

Public Film Premiere Coming Up at the North Dakota Heritage Center

BISMARCK, ND—The free public premiere of the film Conversations on the Bench, a Bruce Wendt Film Production hosted by English and humanities instructor Brian Palecek, will be Sept. 21, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Russell Reid Auditorium at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Following the film viewing will be a conversation with Wendt and Palecek.

Conversations on the Bench is a compilation of one-on-one conversations between Palecek and a community member from December 2010 and December 2013 on an isolated bench in Bismarck. Palecek engaged partners in conversations on the first day of a new season, a solstice, or equinox. The conversations document not only a variety of subjects but also changes in the seasonal cycle.

Opening with The Solstice Song, an original composition by Kris Kitko of Bismarck, conversants including Dr. Herb Wilson, Wakinyan Hardin, Jonathan Bry, Janelle Masters, Damir Bacanic, Jim Kambeitz, and Jessica Hegland discuss with Palecek personal and community events.

Additional programs in Palecek’s conversation series will be at 2 pm. in the Russell Reid Auditorium of the North Dakota Heritage Center on Dec. 21, 2014, March 22, 2015 and June 21, 2015. Sponsors for this series include the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota Humanities Council, and Cinema 100.

Conversations on the Bench is part of the Sensational Sundays series sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Sensational Sundays, free public programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota are a buffet for the mind, often in partnership with outside organizational sponsors. They come in a variety of presentation formats including lectures, concerts, movies and tours delivering a wide array of engaging, educational, historic and cultural information and current research available in public.

For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792 or eholland@nd.gov.

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