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PR American Masters: Margaret Mitchell- American Rebel on DVD May 15

PBS Distribution

Margaret Mitchell (11/8/1900 - 8/16/1949), author of Gone With the Wind, which won a Pulitzer Prize award and was made into a timeless Oscar(R)-winning film, was ahead of her time. She challenged the social order and made a cultural impact with her book that still resonates today. Learn more about this novelist in the new DVD that will be available beginning May 15, 2012. The DVD has a running time of 60 minutes and an SRP of $24.99. DVD special features include an interview with author Pat Conroy; Pulitzer Prize night, 1937; and a look back at the Gone With the Wind premiere in Atlanta.

EXPLORE THE STORY OF THE WRITER BEHIND "GONE WITH THE WIND" IN American Masters: Margaret Mitchell- American Rebel

2012 Marks the 75th Anniversary of Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize Win for "Gone With the Wind"
Available on DVD from PBS Distribution on May 15th


Arlington, Va. - April 16, 2012 - PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing American Masters: Margaret Mitchell- American Rebel on DVD. Margaret Mitchell (11/8/1900 - 8/16/1949), author of "Gone With the Wind," which won a Pulitzer Prize award and was made into a timeless Oscar(R)-winning film, was ahead of her time. She challenged the social order and made a cultural impact with her book that still resonates today. Learn more about this novelist in the new DVD that will be available beginning May 15, 2012. The DVD has a running time of 60 minutes and an SRP of $24.99. DVD special features include an interview with author Pat Conroy; Pulitzer Prize night, 1937; and a look back at the "Gone With the Wind" premiere in Atlanta.

Program Synopsis
Margaret Mitchell- American Rebel engages leading historians, biographers and personal friends to reveal a complex woman who experienced profound identity shifts during her life and struggled with the two great issues of her day: the changing role of women and the liberation of African Americans. A charismatic force until a tragic accident led to her death at age 48, Mitchell rebelled against the stifling social restrictions placed on women: as an unconventional tomboy, a defiant debutante, a brazen flapper, one of Georgia's first female newspaper reporters, and, later, as a philanthropist who risked her life to fund African-American education. Emmy(R)-winning executive producer/writer Pamela Roberts uses reenactments based on Mitchell's personal letters and journals to show how her upbringing and romantic relationships influenced the creation of "Gone With the Wind." The film also explores Scarlett and Rhett's place as two of the world's greatest lovers and the public's initial reception to the book and David O. Selznick's 1939 epic film - from racial lightning rod to model for survival. 2012 marks the 75th anniversary of Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize win for the only book published during her lifetime. "Gone With the Wind's" lasting popularity seems permanently etched in the American cultural landscape.

In 2011, American Masters earned its eighth Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Primetime Nonfiction Series in 11 years. Now in its 26th season, the series is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York's public television stations, and operator of NJTV. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local documentaries and other programs to the New York community.

Margaret Mitchell- American Rebel is a GPB production in association with THIRTEEN's American Masters for WNET. Pamela Roberts is executive producer and writer. Kathy White is director of reenactments. Charlene Fisk is co-producer and editor. Kevan Ward is director of photography.

American Masters is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for American Masters is provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Rolf and Elizabeth Rosenthal, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Jack Rudin, Vital Projects Fund, The Andre and Elizabeth Kertesz Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation, and public television viewers.

About WNET
New York's WNET is America's flagship public media outlet, bringing quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. The parent company of public television stations THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children's programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Noah Comprende and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state's unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and the new online newsmagazine MetroFocus.

About PBS Distribution
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.

American Masters: Margaret Mitchell- American Rebel
Street Date: May 15, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: 60 Minutes
SRP: $24.99
Format: DVD
Special Features: - Interview with author Pat Conroy
- A look back at the "Gone With the Wind" premiere in Atlanta
- Pulitzer Prize night, 1937

PBS Distribution

Posted by: News Editor - April 28, 2012, 10:29 am - PR
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