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A film that recreates Joe Hutto's moving tale of raising wild turkey hatchlings in Florida's Flatwoods. What started as an informal science experiment became a very personal, very emotional journey that ended up changing his life in ways he could never have imagined. The DVD and Blu-ray release coincides with the premiere of the program on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 on PBS. Hutto's illustrated book about his experience, "Illumination in the Flatwoods," will also be re-released by The Lyons Press to coincide with the broadcast.
JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING,
PBS DISTRIBUTION PROVIDES AN UNPRECEDENTED LOOK AT ONE MAN'S DETERMINATION
TO "TALK TURKEY" IN
Nature: My Life as a Turkey
Available on DVD and Blu-ray November 22nd
Arlington, VA - November 11, 2011 - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing Nature: My Life as a Turkey on DVD and Blu-ray, a film that recreates Joe Hutto's moving tale of raising wild turkey hatchlings in Florida's Flatwoods. What started as an informal science experiment became a very personal, very emotional journey that ended up changing his life in ways he could never have imagined. The DVD and Blu-ray release coincides with the premiere of the program on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 on PBS. Hutto's illustrated book about his experience, "Illumination in the Flatwoods," will also be re-released by The Lyons Press to coincide with the broadcast, and the DVD release on November 22, 2011. The program has a running time of 60 Minutes. The DVD has a suggested retail price of $19.99 and the Blu-ray has a suggested retail price of $24.99.
When Hutto arrived home one day to find a bowl filled with wild turkey eggs on his doorstep, he went out immediately to obtain an incubator. It had long been Hutto's hope to learn about the secret world of wild turkeys by having young turkey chicks imprint on him. He began speaking with them even before they hatched, and bonded with them as they emerged from their shells. Then, day after day, he lived as a turkey mother, taking on the fulltime job of raising 16 turkey chicks.
There was little he could teach them that they did not already know, but he showed them the lay of the land and protected them from harm as best he could. It seemed they had much more to teach him. The level of awareness and sensitivity of his young family to the world around them simply transcended anything he had experienced before. He learned their individual idiosyncrasies and voices, and became especially fond of two he named Sweet Pea and Turkey Boy.
But eventually, things changed. His children grew up, and Hutto had to let them go off on their own. It was harder than he ever imagined.
Nature: My Life as a Turkey is a production of Passion Pictures, THIRTEEN and the BBC in association with WNET New York Public Media. Produced by David Allen.
Celebrating its 30th season, Nature is a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET for PBS. Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Nature pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry. The series has been consistently among the most-watched primetime series on public television. Nature has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities, and environmental organizations including 10 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club. In October 2010, the series won the Christopher Parsons Outstanding Achievement Award, one of the wildlife film industry's highest honors. Major corporate support for Nature is provided by Canon U.S.A., Inc. Additional support is provided by the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, Susan Malloy and the Sun Hill Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the nation's public television stations. For more information, visit pbs.org/nature.
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PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally. Jointly owned by PBS (Arlington, VA) and WGBH (Boston, MA), PBS Distribution extends the reach of public television programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.
PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns's films (Prohibition, The National Parks, The War, Baseball, Jazz), documentaries from award-winning series NOVA (The Elegant Universe, Origins), FRONTLINE (God in America, Bush's War, Growing Up Online), and American Experience (Freedom Riders, We Shall Remain), dramas from Masterpiece (Downton Abbey, Jane Eyre, Inspector Lewis), films from independent producers (Easy Yoga for Arthritis, The Buddha, The Story of India, Carrier, Journey into Buddhism, I.O.U.S.A.), and popular children's programming from Dinosaur Train, Super Why!, WordGirl, Cyberchase, Martha Speaks, and Arthur. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution pursues wholesale/retail sales, consumer and educational sales through PBS- branded catalogs and online shops, and international broadcast and video sales. PBS distribution is also a leader in offering programming through digital platforms including the internet, mobile, and web-connected television.
Nature: My Life as a Turkey
Street Date: November 22, 2011
Run Time: 60 Minutes
SRP: DVD, $19.99 and Blu-ray, $24.99
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
Posted by: News Editor - November 14, 2011, 8:38 am - PR
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