May 18, 2011

Director experiences real Seoul at this year's INPUT

"Four jam packed days, dozens of films, discussions, debates, brutal honesty, humor mixed with painfully serious subject matter, and a delirious evening of Korea’s top musical acts in an eclectic concert in our honor and broadcast live." That's how Judy Erlich, director of the critically acclaimed Most Dangerous Man in America doc, describes the recent pubTV INPUT Festival in Seoul on ITVS's Beyond the Box blog.

"INPUT is all about culture clash and aesthetic variance," Erlich writes. "What works in Denmark may be completely inappropriate in Indonesia. The Islamic young woman sitting next to me literally covered her eyes during the opening event, which included a rather explicit sexual how-to sequence."

Overall, "INPUT had real Seoul."

Be More Award goes to Masterpiece's Rebecca Eaton

ORLANDO — Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton is this year's "Be More" Award recipient. Eaton has increased the icon show's audience by 54 percent over last year, and was named one of Time magazine's 2011 100 most influential people in the world. During the presentation at its national meeting here, PBS President Paula Kerger said Eaton "has committed herself to the highest standards of excellence and artistic expression for public broadcasting and has shepherded in a new generation of loyal viewers.” Previous recipients include docmaker Ken Burns, Sesame Workshop founder Joan Ganz Cooney, newsmen Jim Lehrer and Bill Moyers and children's champion Fred Rogers.

NewsHour's O'Brien to conduct live Space Shuttle interview

PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien will conduct a live interview with Commander Mark Kelly and the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at 6 a.m. Eastern Thursday (May 19). Questions are coming from the public via YouTube, Twitter and Google's Moderator service. So far 2,254 people have submitted 1,839 questions and cast 13,421 votes for which to ask. The interview will run live on the NewsHour's website and YouTube channel. Inquiring minds (well, at least one Current reporter) want to know: Will O'Brien ask, ahem, that infamous question, whether astronauts fool around in space? "Negative," he replies.