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WETA Movie Night: Saturday April 12

This Saturday at 9:30pm, tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the 1958 classic The Big Country. Following the feature film, catch the documentary Brother's Hypnotic at 12:30am. Keep the movie excitement going on Monday at 10pm with The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Read on for more information on the movies.

WETA Movie: The Big Country (1958) airs Saturday April 12 at 9:30pm
A New Englander arrives in the Old West where he becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranch families over a valuable patch of land, each looking for an easy supply of water. Starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, and Burl Ives.

Independent Lens: Brother’s Hypnotic airs Sunday April 13 at 12:30am

The eight young men who make up the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are all sons of Phil Cohran, a legendary Chicago trumpeter who turned his back on commercial music to pursue astral jazz and a passionately Afrocentric lifestyle. Cohran’s sons make transcendent music that ties currents from jazz and funk to soul and hip-hop. This film follows the octet as far away as Ireland as they tour and work to carve out their own renown around the world.

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali airs Monday April 14 at 10pm
Explore the extraordinary and complex life of  legendary athlete Muhammad Ali outside the boxing ring. Some of Ali's life events in this documentary are joining the Nation of Islam, changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, refusing to serve in the Vietnam War, protesting racial inequality, and delving into global humanitarian work. Learn more about the legend Ali, an inspiring figure.


 

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New WETA TV26 Documentary | Arlington National Cemetery

As the Washington, DC flagship PBS station, WETA TV26 has a long tradition of celebrating the people and history of this region through local programming. The newest WETA TV26 production is Arlington National Cemetery, a one hour documentary exploring the history, mission, and daily operations of this final resting place for more than 400,000 Americans. To create this show, WETA interviewed more than a dozen cemetery staff, military personnel, and family members of the fallen, filmed 8 funeral services for Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy service members, and filmed the cemetery during four major National Holidays, amounting to about 60 hours of footage. This new program premieres Wednesday February 5, 2014 at 8pm and will show you Arlington National Cemetery as you’ve never seen it before. Click here for more air dates. Scroll down to watch a preview of the show.

 

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New Doc Martin Season 6 | Documentaries on WETA TV26

Saturday February 1, 2014 tune into WETA TV26 & HD for the premiere of Doc Martin season 6 and two documentaries!

Doc Martin “Sickness and Health” 9:30-10:18pm
There is plenty of amusing excitement brewing in Portwenn! You will not want to miss a second of the new season of Doc Martin! The acclaimed series enters its 6th season, following the misfortunes and mishaps of Dr. Martin Ellingham, a smart yet socially challenged physician whose defining quality is his ability to alienate nearly anyone in his residing town of Portwenn. In the season 6 premiere, “Sickness and Health,” Portwenn is lively with Doc and his long time lover Louisa’s wedding on the horizon. Will they finally tie the knot, or will the villagers have to put the confetti back in the box again? Watch a preview!

Doc Martin "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" 10:18pm-11pm
Following the season premiere, stick around and enjoy another episode of your favorite doctor! Witness the fallout from the events of the season’s first episode in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” In this praiseworthy continuation, Martin and Louisa host a disastrous dinner party, leading to a whirlwind of chaos that finally comes to a screeching halt when the new nanny walks out.

After Doc Martin, stick around for two gripping Independent Lens productions!

Independent Lens: The State of Arizona at 11pm

In 2010, the Arizona Senate passed controversial immigration law SB1070, also known as the “papers please” law, sparking a national dilemma. Supporters viewed it as a necessary act of law enforcement while opponents argued the law would inevitably lead to racial profiling. Now, Independent Lens: The State of Arizona explores the stories of Arizonans residing on all sides of this conflict-ridden topic and paints a vivid picture of a state and its citizens testing the boundaries of their country’s democratic principles. This enlightening documentary features interviews with activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, and ranchers mixed with footage of impassioned protest rallies and television news broadcasts. Now, Arizona’s enforcement policy is reshaping the conversation surrounding immigration reform in the United States. With a multitude of other states contemplating a similar approach, The State of Arizona asks Americans to reflect on who they are, who they want to be, and in which direction they want to take their country. Watch a preview!

Independent Lens: The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights at 12:30am

Whitney Young, Jr. does not have a national holiday bearing his name. There are few alive today who know his name, and those who do know of the man, know much less his accomplishments. Now, discover the true story of the inside man who flattened the barriers restricting African Americans and became a key player at the core of the civil rights movement. The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights explores the uniqueness of one of the most significant black leaders in history. Through his valuable positions as a successful businessperson, government worker, and advisor to three different presidents, Young opened the doors of opportunity for African Americans from the inside. This powerful documentary follows the unsung hero as he balances his time between Harlem streets and prestigious company boardrooms, working towards historical social change. Experience the critical events of the civil rights era through the eyes of a man working within the institution, but outside the limelight, to ensure a future of equality. Watch a preview!
 

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Free Movies in DC: January 18

This Saturday, January 18, join WETA TV26 & HD for two wonderful films: Ten Little Indians at 9:30pm and At Berkeley at 11pm.

WETA Movie: Ten Little Indians (1965) at 9:30pm
This Agatha Christie remake tells the story of 10 strangers invited to an isolated house high on a mountaintop. When they all gather, the guests hear an eerie message from their host claiming that each one of them has caused the death of an innocent person. One by one, someone begins to kill them all. As the number of survivors decreases, the guests become more suspicious of each other, but must work together to uncover the killer’s true identity.
Watch a Ten Little Indians trailer!

Independent Lens: At Berkeley at 11pm
In the film, At Berkeley, legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman goes back to school to explore the culture at the University of California at Berkeley. The wide-ranging film shows the major aspects of university life, including the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence and public profile. It also examines the economic, racial, and social diversity of the school’s student body in the face of drastic budgetary cuts imposed by the State of California. Without narration or interviews, the film takes viewers from faculty meetings to classrooms, from financial aid seminars to research labs. Wiseman’s method of filming in a unique college setting invites viewers to experience the diverse aspects of campus life through the eyes of students, faculty, administrators, alumni, the City of Berkeley, the State of California, and the federal government. Gain the full human experience At Berkeley and explore the social, political, and economical issues surrounding the university in this Independent Lens production.
Watch a trailer for At Berkeley!

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The Original House of Cards on WETA TV26, HD, UK

The popular 2013 Netflix drama House of Cards was first a novel written in 1989 by Michael Dobbs, a former Chief of Staff for the British Conservative Party, and then a multi-award-winning British television mini series by the same name in 1990.

WETA TV26 is proud to announce the premiere of The Original House of Cards, Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 8pm!

With the resignation of Margaret Thatcher, the current head of the British Conservative Party, House of Cards antihero Francis Urquhart goes on an unethical and manipulative rampage to become the new leader of the governing party then, in turn, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Politics, drama, deceit, and thrill drive this fantastic story and you can watch all four episodes on WETA TV26 & HD every Wednesday at 8pm! House of Cards will also air on WETA UK.

 

 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies January 4

This Saturday night, January 4, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and relive a groundbreaking historical event, visit a world-class Japanese sushi restaurant, and journey to an alien planet…without leaving your couch!

Aliens (1986) at 9:30pm
Venture into an unknown world in James Cameron's Director's Cut of the sequel to 1979’s Alien! Fifty-seven years after the events of Alien, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) awakens from cryogenic sleep and returns to the foreign planet where she first had a deadly encounter with a terrifying alien. During her prolonged sleep, humans colonized the alien planet, but when transmissions from the colony suddenly stop, Ripley earns an opportunity to team up with a group of marines to descend on the planet and investigate the alien presence. As the hazardous mission unfolds, will Ripley have to relive her worst nightmare? Watch the trailer here!

Independent Lens: How to Survive a Plague at 12am
In 1987, America was six years into the dark days of the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that government officials and health organizations were still ignoring. The battle against the outbreak transformed with the emergence of the activist group ACT UP in Greenwich Village, New York. Largely made up of HIV-positive individuals, ACT UP joined forces with TAG (Treatment Action Group) to raise awareness of the disease through a series of dramatic protests. Through the personal stories of some of ACT UP and TAG’s leading participants and never-before-seen archival footage, How to Survive a Plague explores the joy and horror of the era and the heroic battles that finally made AIDS survival possible. Watch trailer here!

Independent Lens: Jiro Dreams of Sushi at 1:30am
Sushi aficionados around the globe consider 85 year-old Jiro Ono to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. A man who claims to literally dream of sushi, Jiro is the owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Sushi lovers make reservations months ahead of time, travel from across the globe, and spend top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. He has dedicated most of his life to mastering the art of sushi creation, but even at his age, Jiro still works from sunrise to beyond sunset tasting every piece of fish, meticulously training his employees, and finessing the presentation of each sushi creation. A chronicle of Jiro’s life as an unparalleled sushi master and a loving yet complicated father, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a graceful meditation on hard work, family, and the art of perfection. Watch the trailer here!
 

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New American Masters | Marvin Hamlisch

American Masters: Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love 
Friday December 27 at 9:00 pm on WETA TV26 and WETA HD

The acclaimed series American Masters presents a 90-minute film biography exploring the prolific life and career of the late, great composer Marvin Hamlisch. Composer, conductor, genius; Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. A musical prodigy accepted to Juilliard at age six, Hamlisch defied classical expectations to create his own music, dedicating his talents to musical theatre and pop music composition. By age 31, he achieved unparalleled success with a string of hits he wrote for films, Broadway music compositions, and popular music pieces such as “The Way We Were” and “Nobody Does it Better.” In the first film biography about Hamlisch, award-winning filmmaker and Broadway producer Dori Berinstein paints a deeply personal portrait of one of the greatest artists of our time. Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love chronicles the life of the legend up to his sudden death, examining his personal hardships, amazing success, and renowned compassion.

 

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Free Movies in DC: December 21

Celebrate the first day of winter with a marathon of movies on WETA TV26 & HD! From 9:30pm-3am stay glued to your local DC PBS station as we present East of Eden (1955) and three Independent Lens documentaries.

East of Eden (1955)
Watch December 21 at 9:30pm
(also airs December 22 at 11:30am)
Starring '50s heart throb James Dean as the troubled son of a farmer, his problems grow with a brutal sibling rivalry. Although his brother sends the farm into near bankruptcy, Dean's character will do anything to save his family's farm. A love triangle, medical tradgedy, and classic '50s drama makes this movie a must-watch. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Playwright: From Page to Stage
Watch December 21 at 11:30pm

This cinema vérité documentary delves into the development of two stage plays. Viewers will see how creative teams are assembled and how they collaborate with one another. Experience the intense detail that goes into everything from the rigorous rehearsal process to achieving one of theater's ultimate goals which is the arrival on a Broadway stage in New York City. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Beauty is Embarrassing
Watch December 22 at 12:30am

Part biography, part live performance, this documentary tells the story of the unique visual artist and raconteur Wayne White. Tracing White’s career from an underground cartoonist in New York’s East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer, and voice-over actor on Pee-wee’s Playhouse for which he won three Emmy awards, this film follows Wayne’s success designing and animating for other children’s shows and music videos through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Watch December 22 at 2am

This documentary explores the United States' long-term fascination with comic book superheroes and raises questions about the possibilities and contradictions of heroines within the genre. The film goes behind the scenes with comic writers and artists, and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male-dominated superhero genre.  Watch a preview here!
 

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Free Movies in DC | WETA TV26 Movies November 23

On Saturday November 23, tune into WETA TV26 and WETA HD and enjoy a night packed full of entertaining movies. The night begins at 9:30pm with the WETA Movie presentation of the Oscar-winning epic, The Last Emperor. At 12:00am, take an inside look at the world of Native American relay-horse races with Independent Lens: Indian Relay. Then at 1:00am, watch as an extraordinary Girl Scout troop works to unite five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in Independent Lens: Troop 1500.

WETA Movie: The Last Emperor at 9:30pm
Winner of nine Oscars, including Best Picture, The Last Emperor focuses on the dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China. Presented in an interesting nonlinear style, the biography chronicles Pu Yi’s ascension to the throne at age 3 and the effects of this sudden rise to power on his subsequent childhood. Through flashbacks and flash-forwards, witness Pu Yi’s reign as the leader of China, his time spent as a prisoner in the Forbidden City, and his final years working as a peasant gardener. Discover the fascinating and tragic riches-to-rags story of the last of the great rulers of China in the critically acclaimed epic, The Last Emperor. Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Indian Relay at 12:00am
Indian Relay presents a compelling look at one of the most competitive, dangerous, and exhilarating forms of horse racing in the world today. Set against the broad panoramic landscape of the high plains, the film chronicles a season of Indian relay-horse races; a popular sport in Native American communities across the Rocky Mountain West. The film follows teams from three different tribes from Idaho and Montana as they battle from the dark, cold winter, to the deadly heat of summer. Though rivals on the track, the young racers bond over their love of sport, pride in their Native traditions, and a common cause: Offering hope to their families and communities. See what it takes to survive in this high-speed, daring world of horse racing with Indian Relay! Watch a preview here!

Independent Lens: Troop 1500 at 1:00am
The documentary Troop 1500 examines a unique Girl Scout troop that is part of a program aimed at encouraging incarcerated parents to maintain close relationships with their children. The film explores the struggles of five daughters growing up without their mothers while trying to balance the responsibilities of every day life. Conversely, the film presents the perspective of the mothers, struggling to repair the broken relationships with their daughters while serving lengthy jail sentences in Gatesville, Texas’ Hilltop Prison. Watch as Troop 1500 unites these five daughters with their imprisoned mothers in this heart wrenching documentary. Watch a preview here!
 

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JFK Anniversary Shows in November on WETA TV26

WETA TV26 recognizes the 50th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy throughout the month of November. Join WETA in remembering the life and death of an American leader and icon through powerful programming.

 

American Experience: JFK
Monday November 11 at 9:00pm and Tuesday November 12 at 9:00pm
This two-part biography examines the life of John F. Kennedy, from his time as the forgotten second son of a multimillionaire, to his becoming the youngest elected president in U.S. history. Featuring interviews with Kennedy family members and renowned historians, this new four-hour retrospective presents a fresh outlook on JFK’s presidential strengths and weaknesses, as well as new insights into his personal life and status as one of the most adored leaders of our nation’s history. Watch a preview here!

NOVA: Cold Case JFK
Wednesday November 13 at 9:00pm

The assassination of John F. Kennedy has spawned mysterious rumors of conspiracies and evidence-tampering for decades. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators solve the President’s murder? For the first time since the original inquiry by the FBI, NOVA and a team of forensic experts employ advanced new technology, including laser scanning, ballistics tests, and a 3D digital reconstruction of the president's skull, in an attempt to solve the murder of the century. Watch a preview here!

Secrets of the Dead: JFK: One PM Central Standard Time
Wednesday November 13 at 10:00pm

Secrets of the Dead chronicles the JFK assassination from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death, at one PM central standard time. Narrated by George Clooney, the special features rarely seen archives of President John F. Kennedy and Walter Cronkite, an interview with Bill Clinton, and moving recollections from the producers, writers and reporters who were present on that tragic day. Watch a preview here!

JFK: Breaking the News
Tuesday November 19 at 9:00pm

JFK: Breaking the News presents an exclusive look at how reporters and journalists working in Dallas in 1963 responded to the assassination of the President. Looking back over 40 years, television and print journalists recall their stories and memories of reporting the murder of President Kennedy, analyzing how it changed the country and led to the notable rise of television as a primary source for breaking news coverage.

Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?
Tuesday November 19 at 10:00pm

Frontline presents an exclusive three-hour investigative biography that offers a new perspective on the Kennedy assassination by exploring the life of the gunman accused of murdering the President. This examination of Oswald’s life features expert analysis from a number of reporters and expert consultants, hundreds of witnesses, and those who have closely studied and observed him. "Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" chronicles Oswald’s life through rare documents, photos, and video and audio recordings and traces his movements in the weeks leading up to the assassination.

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