PBS Arts from Seattle: Pearl Jam Twenty on WXXI-TV

PBS Arts from Seattle: Pearl Jam Twenty on WXXI-TV

Sun, 10/23/2011 - 2:00pm

Pictured: Pearl Jam (l to r): Matt Cameron, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Stone Gossard.

Credit: Courtesy of Danny Clinch

In honor of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary, award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe creates a definitive portrait of the seminal band. 

Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty, from the award-winning American Masters is the second installation of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, a multi-platform event, featuring nine programs with a range of artists and performances from around the country, inviting every American into the world of music, theater, dance, art and cultural history. PBS Arts from Seattle: Pearl Jam Twenty airs Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Carved from more than 1,200 hours of rarely and never-before-seen footage, plus 24 hours of recently shot interview and live footage, American Masters: Pearl Jam Twenty is the definitive portrait of Pearl Jam as told by award-winning director and music journalist Cameron Crowe. The film’s broadcast premiere coincides with Pearl Jam’s yearlong celebration of its 20th anniversary. PBS member station KCTS Seattle has also created a mini-documentary about today’s Seattle arts scene to air during the broadcast.

As part of its anniversary celebration, Pearl Jam started off the year with the release of a new live compilation album, Live on Ten Legs, followed by the expanded reissues of Vs. and Vitalogy in March. Things kicked into high gear in September with the Anniversary Weekend Concert on Labor Day weekend, followed by the release of this film by Cameron Crowe. It is accompanied by a  book and soundtrack album. For the latest Pearl Jam happenings, visit www.pearljam.com.



Pearl Jam Local Broadcast Date/Time

I am perplexed and highly disappointed that you did NOT program the Pearl Jam documentary like most PBS Stations are doing, such as tonight (Friday) or tomorrow evening, when people are looking for something like this to enjoy after a long work week, and perhaps even throw a viewing party in their homes w/others as a social event.

Instead, you are showing it on Sunday afternoon when people are either watching NFL games, raking leaves, running errands, taking an afternoon nap, or w/family on a fall outing etc.

I first read the preview on the broadcast debut of this Cameron Crowe documentary in the NY City media,and told numerous friends about it as well. I rushed home from a long work week to see it @9pm tonight on Channel 21. I had a gut feeling that the WXXI programmers might be tone deaf (no pun intended), to its broadcast placement. Sure enough, my fear was realized as I turned on the tube to see another bland news talk show, instead of an entertaining, exciting television debut on a Friday night, about a band that is the gold standard in the history of the punk / grunge rock genre.

You guys just reminded me why I refuse to donate my money to the local PBS Station, which continues to be a clueless, elitist, out of touch affiliate of a National Network that is the polar opposite of its local counterpart.

Shame on you.

Steve Newcomb
Pittsford, NY

Pearl Jam Local Broadcast Date/Time

WXXI has had a long standing commitment to News and Public Affairs on Friday nights. We also recognize that there is a wealth of Arts opportunities happening right here in Rochester on a Friday night.  We chose Sunday as the home for the Arts Fest to honor our commitment to News and Public Affairs on Friday nights, and to give our community the best opportunity to see the Arts Fest.  We know that many folks are out and about on Friday nights enjoying the arts locally, and not in front of the TV.  Please note that this is a 9 week festival including a wide range of acts:
It opened with Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore on the 16th, other episodes planned include:
the Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp, Bill T. Jones: A Good Man, and The Blue Ridge Mountains: Give Me the Banjo.

Please feel free to record future episodes and play them back at your leisure.

~Irene Fink
TV Program Director
WXXI Public Broadcasting