Moments ago, I received below forwarded message from Terri Debono, the film maker of the PBS documentary, "My Name is Belle." Contrary to what people think, the filmmakers do not get paid for the broadcasts. They are asked to pay $30,000 to have the films promoted on PBS stations. Our budget was small, but we were very lucky to have strong support from Gayle Loeber, director of planning in Columbia, South Carolina.
MY NAME IS BELLE has done pretty well on public television – 2 stations in 13 states or about 17% of the markets. It’s a little gem of a story that programmers may have forgotten about in the overload of program offers. We think it should be doing better and want to promote it in Our Dozen Great Half Hour Programs list. We’re asking for permission to post a five minute clip from the program on our website and youtube to make it more accessible for programmers. Thanks again.
Director of Programming
The film is based on the picture book I wrote and illustrated, "Hannah is My Name." It is my family's story about the long wait to achieve citizenship.
My current project is a graphic novel, "Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale," to be published by WW Norton and Company in 2010. Click above link to see Youtube video of a page-in-progress.
Causes Belle Yang Supports
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