Our American Family: The Furutas available May 2015
The latest Our American Family documentary, The Futuras, will be available to public television stations in time for May’s Asian American Heritage Month. By all indications, this powerful installment in the Our American Family series will be our most viewed to date. Here’s a synopsis:
Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family of Wintersburg, CA established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated and family separated in the wake of WWII. Following years in an Arizona relocation camp, their indomitable spirit prevails as they return home and band together to pursue the American dream a second time.
Our American Family – The Barreras is Off and Running!
Our American Family – The Barreras fed to stations on October 31, and already has 26 airings on the books, from Kentucky to Michigan to California.
This compelling story takes us from the darkness of a coal mine in New Mexico to vibrant beauty under the California sun, providing a compelling narrative of unwavering commitment to family.
You can help Our American Family broadcast in your area by contacting your local public television station and asking the station to include the documentaries in their programming schedule.
Thank you Our American Family fans!
Our American Family fans, we’re excited to let you know that our first documentary, The Youngs, (released to PBS affiliates Oct 2012) has now been aired 397 times in 80 markets, and The Smiths has aired 229 times in 57 markets since its release just over three months ago. Thank you very much for your support! Next up this spring – The Barreras of New Mexico, followed by the Furuta family of Los Angeles!
Keynoting at the Association of Personal Historians Annual Conference
Our American Family founder and executive producer Steve Young will deliver a keynote address Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the annual conference of the Association of Personal Historians in Washington, D. C. APH is an underwriter of Our American Family: The Smiths. We value our partnership with APH, as their organization’s mission overlaps almost entirely with that of the Our American Family project.
Steve will share how his journey to capture his father’s family story has grown into a multi-documentary project for public television. He will discuss project methodology from initial contact with a family to the completed film, as well as the process of working within the public television system.
Introducing Our American Family: The Smiths
Hello Our American Family Viewers!
We’re pleased and excited to announce the release of our latest Our American Family documentary, featuring the Willie and Rena Smith family of Goldthwaite, Texas. The Smiths are one of many families who applied to be a part of the Our American Family project, and we know you’ll fall in love with Bob, Lou, Mae and Arthur as they tell you their everyday family’s extraordinary story.
Our American Family: The Smiths will become available for broadcast on public television stations beginning in late September 2013. Please reach out to your local station and ask them to consider airing this special program!
VIEW TRAILER for OUR AMERICAN FAMILY: THE SMITHS
Coming full circle
We’re heading back to where it all began! Our American Family:The Youngs will be rebroadcast across the state of Mississippi on Thursday, April 25 at 8:30PM. We invite all of our Mississippi friends to tune in to Mississippi Public Broadcasting for a look back at our heritage and upon whose shoulders we stand.
Our American Family Update
Our American Family – The Youngs has now been picked up for broadcast in New York City and Los Angeles – the #1 and #2 public television markets in the nation. To date, our debut episode has been scheduled for broadcast 160 times, with cumulative national carriage of 36% thus far.
The second family story is currently in production – stay tuned for a formal announcement as we introduce you to this family. We deeply appreciate your support, as Our American Family has grown completely from the grass roots – just as it should be doing. Thank you for preserving your family stories from a simpler time while you still can.
An amazing first three months
As we move into 2013, Our American Family – The Youngs has had quite the ride. Since our public television syndication debut this past October, the show has been shown 146 times throughout the country, garnering 25% carriage (coverage)! And new pick-ups continue to happen … stay tuned for a big pick-up announcement in the coming weeks!
Thank you to all of you who have enjoyed the program and helped us get the word out. We look forward to bringing you more Our American Family stories later this year.