Pressing Play on the 2014 Homestead Film Festival
National Park ServiceNews Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 20, 2013
Jesse Bolli 402-223-3514
Pressing Play on the 2014 Homestead Film Festival!
Get ready to take in an exciting selection of fun and powerful movies at this year's Homestead Film Festival at Homestead National Monument of America! Films will be shown in the Education Center at2 p.m.on Saturdays and all but one Sunday in January and February, 2014. How would modern families fare living like homesteaders of old? How did the Dust Bowl impact the Nation? What did the Civil War look like on the contentious Kansas-Missouri border? How has the vast plains landscape transformed over time? Who does the Lorax speak for?! Find out the answers to these questions in this year's films.
The Festival will kick off with "Frontier House," a PBS reality series following three modern families that have been sent to live like 1880s homesteaders in Montana. They encounter challenge after challenge and have to scramble to survive this rugged flashback of a lifestyle. Could you do it? The six total episodes have been divided across three weekends in January; begin by seeing episodes 1 and 2 on each day of the first weekend, January 4-5.
"We have an impressive line-up this year, giving audiences insights into the complex, dynamic worlds of history and nature, all while having fun at the movies," stated Superintendent Mark Engler.
There is no cost or ticket necessary to attend the Film Festival, so bring the whole family and enjoy the show! The 2014 Film Festival schedule is:
Frontier House: Episodes both 1 & 2- Saturday and Sunday, January 4 & 5
Frontier House: Episodes both 3 & 4 - Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12
Frontier House: Episodes both 5 & 6 - Saturday andSunday, January 18 & 19
Dust Bowl by Ken Burns - Saturday andSunday, January 25 & 26
Dust Bowl by Ken Burns - Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2
Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild - Saturday andSunday, February 8 & 9
Road to Valhalla: Special Premiere - Saturday, February 15
Dr. Seuss's The Lorax - Saturday and Sunday, February 22 & 23
Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2014. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (HomesteadNM).
Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/
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Did You Know?
To "Prove up" a homestead, the owner was required to make improvements including building a home, breaking the soil, and planting a crop for 5 years.