Brown County is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful vistas and colorful autumn foliage. It’s also been home to a number of notable artists. TC Steele’s presence marked the beginning of an arts movement that continues to the present day.
Musicians, artists, tourists and scholars – Brown County hosts an eclectic cast of characters. What brings them together is a love and appreciation of the land, offering an endless palette of light and color.
WTIU’s Hoosier Hospitality: Craft Beer is an hour-long travelogue and informative television documentary that takes you on an arm-chair journey into the world of craft beer and micro-brewing in Indiana.
Meet unique individuals and hear their stories about craft beer and the art of brewing. We’ll take you to unique micro-breweries, clubs, festivals and gatherings of craft beer enthusiasts.
Viewers will get a unique behind-the-scenes tour of three of the larger breweries in Indiana: Broad Ripple Brewpub, Three Floyds Brewing Company, and Upland Brewing Company. Plus, viewers receive a brief look at the history of beer in Indiana, as well as lessons on basic craft beer ingredients, pairing foods and cooking with craft beer, and how to get started making your own craft beer.
Brown County, Indiana has a reputation as an artistic refuge and subject matter dating from the early 1900s. That early artist colony included T.C. Steele, Adolph and Ada Walter Shulz, Will Vawter, Gustave Baumann, and many others.
Brown County Artists: Expanding the Legacy documents the legacy left by these early artists and then visits the studios of several current Brown County artists who are still drawn to the area. These artists demonstrate their skills, share their work and relate their vision and philosophy of art. In the process, they reveal why they, like so many artists before them, are attracted to this hilly woodland of Indiana.
The present-day artists include Fred Rigley, landscape artist; Larry Spears, potter; Charlene Marsh, fiber artist; William Root, sculptor; and William Zimmerman, wildlife artist.
WTIU presents a special airing of the interfaith prayer service held October 23rd, 2007 in Bloomington with His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama. Prayers from various faith traditions—Native American, Sikh, Bahá'i, Unitarian Universalist, Islam, Christian, Hindu, and Jewish—as well as musical selections, are performed. Remarks from His Holiness complete the program.
Artist and writer Judy Chicago works with a group of women students as they struggle with the artistic process, from conception to public presentation.
Artist and writer Judy Chicago—who coined the terms feminist art and feminist pedagogy—had not taught for 25 years when she returned to the classroom at Indiana University as a visiting professor. This program shows her work with a group of women students as they struggle with the artistic process, from conception to public presentation. Along with the students, the filmmaker explores the nature of artistic expression, the character of feminist art, and the commitment needed to forge an independent artistic identity.
Local songwriters share their collection of songs inspired by Scott Russell Sanders’ collection of stories about settling the American frontier.
“There was an element of fate, there was an element of serendipity.” This is how Tim Grimm, folk singer and songwriter, describes his discovery of Wilderness Plots, a book by Indiana author Scott Russell Sanders. The book is a collection of brief tales about the settling of the American frontier. Grimm, together with other musicians began writing songs inspired by Sanders’s stories. What resulted was an innovative venture that blends genres into a complete experience.
WILDERNESS PLOTS: SONGS AND STORIES OF THE PRAIRIE features a selection of these songs in performance and readings by Sanders, all complemented by interviews with the artists and views of the Southern Indiana scenery. The interviews provide background information and offer insight into the artists: their work, their perspectives, their love for music, writing and history.
The idea of the Wilderness Plots songs started with Tim Grimm who was fascinated by the characters described in Sanders’ book. He challenged himself and four fellow Indiana songwriters to write songs that capture the realities, ironies, and aspirations of early pioneer life. Aside from Grimm, WILDERNESS PLOTS features Carrie Newcomer, Krista Detor, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White.
Early pioneer life was more simple than it is today but it was not necessarily easier, and it was frequently violent and beset with danger. Wilderness Plots contains lessons for today and holds appeal for people of all ages. “It’s about dwelling more consciously in the present by learning more deeply about the past,” Sanders said.
The program offers a glimpse into the creative collaboration of these artists. The footage was shot in the historic Mitchell Opera House (built in 1902) and at other scenic and historic sites: a one-room school house, a quarry, an old log home, a rural church, and in the Hoosier forest.
A behind-the-scenes look at the Indiana University Ballet Theater’s forty-third annual presentation of the holiday classic.
Each holiday season, Tchaikovsky's magical The Nutcracker is brought to life in a colorful production by the Ballet Theater of Indiana University's School of Music. Sugarplum Dreams: Staging The Nutcracker Ballet goes behind the scenes of the 43rd annual presentation of this classic, showing the preparation, talent, and sheer effort exerted to bring this production to the stage.
Produced in documentary style, the television program begins with the auditions of children from the pre-college ballet program. It then follows several of them and Indiana University ballet students through dance practice, costume fittings, and musical rehearsal. The program introduces the principal characters of The Nutcracker story and shows work on 300 plus costumes used in the ballet.
As the dancers master their steps and the musicians hone their performances, the costume makers, set designers and builders all work toward meeting their deadlines. The viewer shares a hectic day-in-the-life of dancers and instructors as the performance approaches, while the camera captures the excitement and anticipation as all of the elements come together during dress rehearsal. The program ends backstage in the highly charged atmosphere of The Nutcracker performance.
In 2002, Sugarplum Dreams received a regional Emmy award in the category of Cultural Affairs.
Distinguished former students of violinist Josef Gingold celebrated the master’s 75th birthday by joining the Indiana University student orchestra in a performance of Gingold’s favorite music.
Conductor Paul Biss characterized it as “truly a celebration of the violin” when distinguished former students of violinist Josef Gingold celebrated the master’s 75th birthday by joining the Indiana University student orchestra in a performance of Gingold’s favorite music.
Staged at the Musical Arts Center, the concert featured soloists Miriam Fried and Yuval Yaron, as well as performances by former students who are concertmasters at leading North American orchestras including: Andres Cardenes, Utah Symphony; Herbert Greenberg, Baltimore Symphony; Jacques Israelievitch; Raymond Kobler, San Francisco Symphony; Richard Roberts, Montreal Symphony; and William Preucil, Atlanta Symphony.
WTIU videotaped the performance and added commentary by Professor Gingold, Paul Biss and some of the featured musicians to create this engaging Tribute to a Master.
The featured musical selections include:
* Concerto in D Minor for String Orchestra, Op. 3 No. 11 by Antonio Vivaldi
* Concerto in E Minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64 by Felix Mendelssohn
* Concerto in B Minor for Four Violins and Orchestra, Op. 3 No. 10 by Antonio Vivaldi
* Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, S. 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
* Concerto No. 8 in A Minor, Op.47 by Louis Spohr
This documentary explores the affection Americans have for covered bridges, and includes a look at preservation efforts, history, construction, tourism and why covered bridges are important.
Spanning Time: America's Covered Bridges explores the affection Americans have for covered bridges. The program looks at preservation efforts, history, construction, tourism and why covered bridges are important.
“What's fascinating is how universal the feelings toward covered bridges are,” said producer Gino Brancolini. “Everywhere they have covered bridges, people develop an attachment and affection for their bridge. There are instances we heard discussed where someone wanted to tear out the bridge and put in a steel bridge and others would fight tooth and nail to keep it.”
The program contains interviews with preservationists, engineers, builders, restoration experts, tourists, historians and covered bridge aficionados. Because the bridges are often located on rural roads, the program provides incredible scenery from around the country.
The story of the Indiana town’s distinctive buildings—their special features, their architects, and the community that lives among them.
It may be a town of 36,000 people, but it ranks with five of America's biggest cities when it comes to architecture. Six of its buildings, built between 1942 and 1965, are National Historic Landmarks, and 60 other buildings sustain the Bartholomew County capital seat's reputation as a showcase of modern architecture.
This WTIU Production received a 2002 Regional Emmy Award Nomination.
Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design tells the story of the distinctive buildings—their special features, their architects, and the community that lives among them. The architects themselves, along with friends, family, colleagues, and clients tell the story. Among the featured structures are:
* First Christian Church by Eliel Saarinen
* Irwin Union Bank by Eero Saarinen, with landscape by Dan Kiley;and its addition by Kevin Roche
* Residence of J. Irwin Miller by Eero Saarinen, with landscape by Dan Kiley
* Mabel McDowell School by John Carl Warnecke
* North Christian Church by Eero Saarinen
* First Baptist Church by Harry Weese
The documentary also includes significant government and corporate structures designed by Robert Venturi, Kevin Roche, Paul Kennon, Myron Goldsmith, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Gunnar Birkerts, and other American and international architects.
Columbus residents interviewed on the program include Rene Campbell, J. Irwin Miller, Harry McCawley, Robert Stewart, and Brooke Tuttle. Bartholomew County resident and songwriter Tim Grimm is narrator for the program, and Paul Messing is composer of the original music.
Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design is a production of WTIU, Indiana University in association with Spellbound Productions, Inc.; Terrence Black, producer/director, and Nancy Callaway Fyffe, producer/writer; Steven Krahnke, executive producer.
Production of Columbus, Indiana: Different by Design was made possible by the generous support of The Columbus Area Visitors Center, Columbus Container Inc., and the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation.
Additional funding was provided by The Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, Inc., the Columbus Economic Development Board, and Cummins Inc. Additional support comes from Frank Adams, Jr. & Associates, Johnson Ventures, Inc., Kramer Furniture & Cabinet Maker, and Textillery Weavers, and by an Historic Preservation Education Grant from the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, the Indiana Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Order individual episodes of our weekly magazine program, THE WEEKLY SPECIAL featuring local news, events, and musical guests.
THE WEEKLY SPECIAL is an eclectic local magazine program that looks at issues, events, people and things of interest in our broadcast area. The program looks at what’s creating the buzz in our viewing area each week. If a regional political issue, incident or event is gaining attention, THE WEEKLY SPECIAL provides the background, finds the right people and gathers the latest information. If a special entertainment or artistic event visits the region, THE WEEKLY SPECIAL takes you there. The program even introduces you to fascinating things and people who are all around you but often go unnoticed. THE WEEKLY SPECIAL airs Thursdays at 8pm and Fridays at 6pm on WTIU.
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WTIU’s Wilderness Plots in Concert is a 90-minute television show featuring five of Indiana’s most beloved singers/songwriters performing their songs inspired by the book Wilderness Plots, by Scott Russell Sanders.
Wilderness Plots: Tales About the Settlement of the American Land contains fifty brief tales that trace the settlement of the Ohio Valley between the American Revolution and the Civil War, while meditating on the cost of that transformation to native people, enslaved people, wildlife, and forests. The collection of songs and later theatrical production based on the book were created through the collaborative work of an ongoing songwriting group comprised of Krista Detor, Tim Grimm, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White.
The group took up the challenge, and after a year or so of sharing ideas and hard work, in spring 2007 these five very different singer/songwriters released an album of their songs based on Wilderness Plots. Soon the group created a fully staged show with Scott Russell Sanders as narrator. Popular and critical acclaim has led the group to perform Wilderness Plots many times across the Midwest. In 2008, it also led to a nationally broadcast public television special about the creation of the show, called Wilderness Plots: Songs and Stories of the Prairie.
Because of the creative collaboration of these remarkable artists: Sanders, Detor, Grimm, Newcomer, Roznowski and White, audiences have been introduced to a treasure trove of preachers and profiteers, generals and journalists, hermits and healers, farmers and bone-collectors, loves, liars, layabouts and other high spirited characters – the kinds of people who, in all ages, have made history. Like the riches American folklore, these tales and songs witness to life on a wild, dangerous, and glorious continent and songs witness to life on a wild, dangerous, and glorious continent.
Make Your Own Kind of Music is the best kind of concert film: Great music performed by America’s most celebrated show choir, the 100-member Singing Hoosiers. Combining tradition classics by Cole Porter, the Gershwins and Hoagy Carmichael with pop medleys, and show tunes, Make Your Own Kind of Music is an entertaining hour of song and dance.
In addition to concert footage from the Singing Hoosiers 2011 Spring Concert, directed by Dr. Michael Schwartzkopf, the program goes behind the scenes to rehearsals, auditions, road-trips, and even college classrooms and apartments featuring interviews with student performers and the director.
Inspiring, entertaining and informative, Make Your Own Kind of Music proves that the magic of the live performance is only possible through the commitment, hard work, talent and training of scores of the most dedicated college students on campus.
Saving Places tells the stories of individuals who are engaged in revitalizing, protecting, and preserving our historic places in Indiana. This video documentary tells the stories of four sites from across Indiana: Wilson Bridge near Delphi; The John Jay Center for Learning in Portland; Lyles Station School near Princeton; and the Maple Grove Road Historic District near Bloomington.
There are dozens of important historic places in Indiana that are constantly threatened by sprawl, obsolescence, and lack of official protection. Others are disappearing before our eyes by abandonment, neglect, and deterioration. But we can be encouraged because there are many places in our state where people decided to work together to preserve unique historic sites.
Produced by WTIU in cooperation with Indiana Landmarks, Saving Places tells the stories of individuals who are engaged in revitalizing, protecting, and preserving our historic places in Indiana. This video documentary tells the stories of four sites from across Indiana: Wilson Bridge near Delphi; The John Jay Center for Learning in Portland; Lyles Station School near Princeton; and the Maple Grove Road Historic District near Bloomington.
Today, historic preservation is much more about the future than about the past. Saving our historic landmarks helps us build meaningful communities for the future. It also helps us provide a place for those who come after us in which they will understand and appreciate the special culture of Indiana.
Saving Places focuses on the positives of “community-building” and economic growth that successful preservation can engender. Viewers will see the astounding transformations and find out what inspires people to get involved. What actions were taken? What obstacles were faced or are still being faced? All of the projects required organization, commitment, passion, and energy. While there are similarities—each story is different.