Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo documents how this North Dakota visual artist and Minot State University art professor combines an expressionistic style with literal and interpretive investigations of many facets of Western American life.
Piehl’s acrylic on canvas work is often large in scale and is appreciated across North America as well as in his native state. Among his many honors and awards is a 2008 Enduring Visions Award for his creativity, connection to community, and impressive body of work presented by the Bush Foundation, a private foundation serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Producer: Bob Dambach Editor: Ann Hall Anderson Principle Videographer: Ryan Sailer Executive Producer: Bob Dambach Production funding provided by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the members of Prairie Public.
Energy is inextricable linked to water. With the greater need for energy, the demand for water will continue to increase. How can we balance the need for water in energy with water for crops, households, and factories? How can we make do with the water we have? This 30-minute documentary describes the connection between water and energy and documents how cities and utilities across the western United States are collaborating, conserving, and utilizing new technology to squeeze more use out of every precious drop of water.
“Water: The Lifeblood of Energy” is a production of Prairie Public Broadcasting in collaboration with the Northern Great Plains Water Consortium, led by the University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center. Executive Producers Bethany Kurz and Bob Dambach; Producers/Writers Charlene Crocker and Daniel Daly; Production Manager Barbara Gravel; Animation Tim Eissenger of 3D Graphics; Narrator Joyce Eisenbraun.
This thirty-minute documentary is a searing chronicle of a forgotten genocide and a lost people, whose ” .. misery screams to the heavens.” The lost people are the ethnic German minority living in Soviet Ukraine, who wrote their American relatives about the starvation, forced labor, and execution that were almost daily fare in Soviet Ukraine during 1928-1938.
Wetland loss is a major environmental problem on the prairies, and this loss is impacting water quality and flooding, which was widespread across much of the prairies during the spring and summer of 2011. “Wetlands: The Drain Game,” a 30-minute documentary, sheds light on those issues, explores economic impacts, and examines how wetland drainage affects all residents of the prairie region. Most importantly, the documentary looks at what is needed to protect these important ecosystems.
Ducks Unlimited Canada and Prairie Public Broadcasting collaborated on “Wetlands: The Drain Game” to help create awareness around the issue of wetlands drainage. Producer Bob Dambach; Associate Producer Karli Reimer; Editor Ryan Sailer.
When They Were Kings: The NDSU-UND Rivalry is a remarkable documentary that chronicles, through interviews and file footage highlights, the two great rivalries between the schools in their Division II days. The football rivalry raged between 1981 and 2003, and the women’s basketball rivalry played out during the 1990s when NDSU and UND combined to win eight out of nine national titles. The 90-minute documentary features interviews with all the key coaches and players and is an exciting tribute to the men and women who made the rivalry special.
Producer: Matt Olien Editor: Heidi Nelson Narrator: Mike Morken Special thanks for video to WDAY TV: Mark Prather, General Manager; Stacey Anderson, Sports Director WDAZ TV: Pat Sweeney, Sports Director KXJB TV Amy Ruley, NDSU Production Manager: Barbara Gravel Executive Producer: Bob Dambach
With little more than 100 frost free days, and clay-ladden prairie soils, the passionate gardeners of Winnipeg manage to grow outstanding gardens. On DVD, “Winnipeg in Bloom” is the story of these gardens of love and hope.
Nurtured like beloved children to produce what nature had never intended. Joyful, colourful, abundant, natural landscapes that succeed in creating a little Eden in each yard. Each new year, they emerge like artists ready to recreate a fresh canvas of delight and exultation. They paint with form and colour, turning rubble piles into sanctuaries.
World War II veterans are extraordinary—their bravery inspires us, and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. On DVD for the first time, “WWII Prairie Memories” is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experiences that defined this generation of heroes.
This DVD includes three 30-minute documentary tributes originally aired on Prairie Public on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.