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(Neb)-Previews Of New Documentaries In Chadron And Hot Springs

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/05/2019 09:45 AM
CHADRON -  Two new documentaries get preview showings in our area today, one in Chadron and the other in Hot Springs.

       In Chadron, it's a live screening of a new docu-series from Nebraska Loves Public School - The Mind Inside - which explores mental health in public schools.

     It's free in the Chadron State College Student Center with the doors opening at 11:30, the half-hour film getting started at noon, and community conversation afterwards that includes participants form the film and a panel of mental health professionals.

       The Mind Inside was filmed in part in the Chadron Public Schools, which is co-hosting today's screening of the first episode along with Nebraska Loves Public Schools and News Channel Nebraska.

      The episode lays the foundation for the series, establishing what life looks like in public schools today and how mental health issues impact the classroom.

     In Hot Springs, South Dakota Public Television offering a free shortened half-hour version of its newest documentary, "Vanished South Dakota: Towns of Yesterday, " at 2:00 in the Hot Springs Theater.

    The full 55-minute documentary includes ghost or near-ghost towns from across South Dakota, but the Hot Springs showing has only those in the Blacks Hills region including Ardmore, Smithwick, Cascade, and Oral

       Producer Staphanie Rissler, a 25-year of SD Public Broadcasting, will be on hand to share highlights of her interviews in the Black Hills, especially those in Fall River County, while local rancher and former County Commissioner Glen Reaser will talk about the early days of Smithwick.

      Rissler and her team began working on the documentary last summer, visitng 65 locations where towns once existed or are nearly vanished. Footage of almost all of them is included, although not all have their stories told. "Vanished South Dakota" is set to air on SDPB in August.


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