News about “Life on the Line” broadcast and screenings

Dear Supporters, Partners, and Friends of Life on the Line,
We are pleased to be emailing with a Spring update, following a busy few months since the film’s completion and World Premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Fest in January. We have some exciting news to share.
PBS Broadcast
SignatureImage_LifeontheLine_HorizontalFirst and foremost: broadcast! PBS Plus will be delivering Life on the Line to national PBS for broadcast in September as part of Latino Heritage Month, with a premiere date of September 8th, to be followed by several more broadcasts over the next two years. Stay tuned as our PBS broadcast time/station in your city as the television premiere date nears. We are also thrilled to be working with KAET Phoenix as our presenting station, and honored to have such a solid regional partnership in place as we bring Kimberly’s story to a national audience.
Interactive Project: Life Lines
We are pleased to announce the release of the first few stories of “Life Lines,” an interactive youth portrait series that takes place across the four border states: California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Last weekend we partnered with Las Latinitas in El Paso to do a youth workshop at the intersection of Mexico and New Mexico / Texas. These stories will be added to the collections soon. Check out the first youth stories >
Festivals & Regional Premieres
  • After our Southern California premiere in February, we screened the film in April at the Arizona International Film Festival as our Southwest premiere. The film was extremely well-received by our Tucson supporters and friends.
  • Life on the Line was honored to be the winner of Best Environmental Film at the Mexico International Film Festival.
  • San Francisco friends, keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement about a San Francisco premiere as part of the SF Doc Fest at the Roxie Theater in June. Los Angeles folks, stay tuned!
Community Screenings & Special Events
The past few months have been busy with community screenings and events in partnership with several organizations, including screenings at Chapman University with the Law School and a discussion of immigration law and reform; a faith-based screening at the University of Southern California with the Office of Religious Life; a Boston screening with Breakthrough Greater Boston and their students, who shared their own immigration stories; and a screening set up by Congressman Raul Grijalva’s office in Tucson, to 350 students at Desert View High School. Everywhere we’ve been, young people in particular are really responding to the film. Our best review so far came from an eight-year-old girl who said “this movie is like my life,” before she shared her own story with us.
Recent news about immigration reform
Just as Life on the Line comes out into the world, many important figures are talking about immigration reform like never before. On Friday, The Huffington Post reported that Vice President Joe Biden recently said, “We have to act to bring 11 million people out of the shadows and put them on a path to citizenship. These people are already Americans.” See also excellent ongoing coverage from The New York Times andColorLines, an online publication from RaceForward that we utilized frequently in our research for the film.
Jen (L), Sally (R)Thank you so much for your interest in and support of our work. If you have ideas about organizations, schools, or other venues that you think could use Life on the Line, we’re all ears. You can also forward this email to a friend if you think they’d be interested.
— Jen and Sally