Lehigh Valley Public Media Hosts Series of Virtual Screenings

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Thanks to the County of Northampton’s Hotel Tax Program’s funding, PBS39 will run screenings monthly through December


Bethlehem, PA – August 4, 2020 -Lehigh Valley Public Media, home to PBS39 and WLVR News, has virtual screenings with live Q&A sessions set to begin in August and run through December. All films shown will be locally produced, with a goal to keep the community inspired and engaged while at home. A list of preliminary screenings and details are below.

Note: guest panelists are subject to changed based on availability

Film:The Story of Musikfest

About: Join us for a virtual screening followed by an interactive Q&A session featuring key players in the Musikfest story. This PBS39 documentary gives a history of this international festival from its inception through the summer 2019 celebration. We are excited to work with ArtsQuest to bring you this documentary and discussion.

Special Guests:

  • Kassie Hilgert, President and CEO of ArtsQuest
  • Jeff Parks, Founder and former President of Musikfest
  • Paul Fistner, one of the original organizers of Musikfest

When: Wednesday, August 19, 7 p.m.

Film: Bethlehem Steel, The People Who Built America

About: Bethlehem Steel. You’ll find it in the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, the stately U.S. Supreme Court building, New York City’s legendary skyline and the vivid memories of thousands of steelworkers. Bethlehem Steel, The People Who Built America chronicles more than 140 years of this once colossal company’s rich history as seen through the eyes of those who made steel.

Special Guests:

  • Hank Barnette, former CEO of Bethlehem Steel
  • Don Cunningham, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Andria Zaia, Curator of Collections at the National Museum of Industrial History
  • Kara Mohsinger, President and CEO at the National Museum of Industrial History

When: Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.

Film:Forged In Steel

About: The original Bethlehem Steel Football Club was one of the most dominant teams in the history of the sport. This “super team” acted as a catalyst to establish soccer as a major sport in America. Forged in Steel tells the untold story of this team through the eyes of historians, soccer enthusiasts and super fans. Join us for this screening and discussion. Guests are still being confirmed.

Special Guests Include:

  • Curt Mosel, Chief Operating Officer at ArtsQuest

Additional guests to be announced

When: Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m.

Film:Hidden Seed: Bethlehem’s Forgotten Utopia

About: Dive into the hidden history of Bethlehem’s birth and the impact Moravians had on shaping the city. Hidden Seed shines light on our forebears’ lessons and the treasures that grow from our roots.

Special Guests:

  • Bill George, Playwright and Co-founder of Touchstone Theatre

Additional guests to be announced

When: Wednesday, November 11, 7 p.m.

Film:Lehigh University Vespers Concert

About: This screening of Lehigh University’s Vesper’s concert is presented by the Lehigh University Choral Arts in historic Packer Memorial Chapel.The Christmas Vespers are an annual tradition at Lehigh; December 2019 marked the 150th year of this tradition that gives the gift of outstanding holiday classics and arrangements to the community.

When: Wednesday, December 9, 7 p.m.

Registration links for these screenings will be updated as dates approach. Please visit PBS39.org/Screenings for more or contact victorias@wlvt.org.

This program is being funded in part with funding received through the County of Northampton’s Hotel Tax Program.


About Lehigh Valley Public Media™
Lehigh Valley Public Media is home to PBS39, WLVR News, and various community initiatives. We are the regional leader in the publicly funded, non-profit media space and serve a vibrant and growing economic region through a dedication to local, unbiased journalism, primary and secondary education, workforce development and health and wellness. PBS39 broadcasts four additional channels of content: PBS39 Extra, WORLD, Create TV and France 24. Lehigh Valley Public Media is licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation. For more information, visit PBS39.org.

Information provided to TVL by:
Victoria Scialfa
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Lehigh Valley Public Media