The public is invited to preview the new documentary series "The Vietnam War — A Film" at a free screening Sunday, Sept. 10, at the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Studios, 7733 Perkins Road in Baton Rouge.
The 10-part, 18-hour film series by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is "an immersive 360-degree narrative, telling the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film," the series synopsis says.
Preview-goers can enjoy an early dinner provided by DEMCO at 4 p.m. The screening is at 5 p.m. Seat reservations are available by emailing email@example.com or by calling (225) 767-4274 or (800) 272-8161, ext. 4204.
In support of the new series, LPB has launched "The Vietnam War — Louisiana Remembers." The network invites veterans to its studios to record their Vietnam experience. Recordings may be scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays by calling (225) 767-4204. Those histories can also be shared with LPB on its website at lpb.org/vietnam. Videos, photographs or written stories are suggested.
While at LPB, veterans, families and friends can sign a large-scale movable map of the war theater in honor or memory of military service. Lamar Advertising donated the map. These stories will be posted online at www.ladigitalmedia.org as part of the state’s Louisiana Digital Media Archive.
The network will host a second "Vietnam" screening on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Alexandria Veterans Administration Health Care System Auditorium, 2495 Shreveport Highway, Pineville. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. with the screening at 6:30 p.m. The event is underwritten by the Louisiana Forestry Association. The network will also be recording oral histories from Vietnam veterans and others affected by the war from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that same day in the Serenity Room, Building 7.
"The Vietnam War — A Film" premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, on WLPB (cable Channel 12).