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New Partnership with Patagonia Films Results in New Fall Season of Link TV and KCET's Acclaimed Environmental Documentary Series EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS

Eleven films from Patagonia Films make broadcast world premieres and comprise new season exploring environmental conservancy at local and global levels premiering September 1.
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(Pictured from left to right: Images from EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS “Harvesting Liberty,” “Vjosa Forever” and “Fish People.” Images courtesy of Patagonia Films.) Download

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Chelsea Grosbeck
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Los Angeles, Calif. – Aug. 3, 2021 – Link TV, the national independent non-commercial satellite television network, and KCET, Southern California's home for award-winning original public media programming, today announced a new season of the acclaimed documentary series EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS in partnership with Patagonia Films, a division of Patagonia, Inc. dedicated to making films on behalf of our home planet. Typically airing during Earth Month in April, this special fall edition of EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS is the result of a collaboration with Patagonia Films to debut the broadcast world premieres of eleven films in seven curated episodes. Each of the investigative films expose audiences to today’s most pressing environmental issues that span from pollution of our waterways to environmental injustices and unsustainable agriculture practices. EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS premieres nationwide on Wed., Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Link TV (DIRECTV 375 and DISH Network 9410) and in Southern California on Sun., Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET. with fourteen day streaming for both programs at linktv.org and kcet.org.

Tied to the award-winning environmental series EARTH FOCUS which features investigative reports about our changing environment and how it affects people around the world, EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS is now in its fifth season and is a curated series of documentaries spotlighting environmental challenges and solutions. These five new episodes showcase intimate documentaries from Patagonia Films that offer fresh perspectives on critical global and local issues. The films range from a Southern California environmental justice youth group’s fight against urban oil and gas drilling to the story of obsolete dams on healthy river ecosystems in Europe’s largest river. This season’s nine curated documentaries explore the complexities of modern conservation around the world.

The thirteen new episodes of EARTH FOCUS PRESENTS will air as follows (*schedule subject to change):

“Artifishal”/“Vjosa Forever”
Wed., Sept. 1 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

Artifishal’ explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction as fish hatcheries and farms threaten the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. “Vjosa Forever” chronicles the ongoing struggle to secure the future of Europe’s largest wild river from political uncertainty and opportunistic greed to the hope of creating a National Park.

“Blue Heart”/“Harvesting Liberty”
Wed., Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

Blue Heart” documents the battle for the largest undammed river in Europe, Albania’s Vjosa, the effort to save an endangered lynx in Macedonia, and the region’s women who are spearheading a protest to protect their community’s drinking water. Discover the dedicated work and vision of Michael Lewis and Rebecca Burgess in “Harvesting Liberty” as they work to reestablish meaningful connections in their communities through agriculture.

“Fish People”
Wed., Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

Personal stories reveal a unique cast of characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea. Featuring Kimi Werner, Eddie Donnellan, Dave Rastovich, Matahi Drollet, Ray Collins and Lynne Cox.

“Takayna”/“Lessons from Jeju”
Wed., Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

Northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last tracts of old-growth rainforest in the world and “Takayna” chronicles how the rainforest is at the mercy of destructive extraction industries. Join Kimi Werner on her journey in “Lessons from Jeju” where she learns about motherhood, culture, diving and providing from South Korea’s first working mothers whose culture dates back centuries.

“Treeline”/“It’s All Home Water: A Northern Light”
Wed., Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

“Treeline” follows a group of skiers, snowboarders, scientists and healers to the birch forests of Japan, the red cedars of British Columbia and the bristlecones of Nevada, as they explore an ancient story written in rings. Patagonia ambassador Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate paddles through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in “It’s All Home Water: A Northern Light” against the backdrop of a proposed toxic copper mine on the park’s boundary.

“DamNation”
Wed., Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

“DamNation” explores the evolution of the national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that the future is bound to the life and health of wild rivers.

“District 15”/”One Word Salwamem”/”Tule Elk: The Killing of Native Species”
Wed., Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on Link TV and Sun., Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. on KCET

Learn about the hope and tenacity of young activists of Wilmington, California in “District 15” as they push the Los Angeles City Council to prohibit new and existing oil and gas drilling operations within 2,500 feet of homes, schools and hospitals.

Join the conversation on social media using #EarthFocusPresents.

About Link TV

Founded in 1999, Link TV is an independent viewer-supported media organization dedicated to providing programs that engage and inform its audiences with unique perspectives, and empower them to become involved in the world. Reaching more than 31 million U.S. satellite households nationally (DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410), Link TV connects American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations at the forefront of social change and the vibrant cultures of an increasingly global community. Select programming from Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, YouTube and Roku platforms. For additional information about Link TV productions, web-exclusive content and program schedules, please visit linktv.org.

About KCET

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 54-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community platforms and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. Select original programming from KCET is also available for streaming on Apple TV, Samsung devices, YouTube, Amazon and Roku platforms. For more information please visit kcet.org/apps. KCET is a content channel of the Public Media Group of Southern California.

About Patagonia

We’re in business to save our home planet. Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified B Corporation, the company is recognized internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism — and its contributions of more than $145 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.

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