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The story of Ed Edelman brings to life the impact of his contributions

to the Southern California community and beyond.

            COSTA MESA, Calif.(February 3, 2014) – PBS SoCaL will distribute “The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman: An Untold Story of Leadership” to public television stations nationwide. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the documentary tells the dramatic story of a political icon, Ed Edelman, who transformed the fabric of politics, culture, and community in Southern California. 

            Edelman was a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1965 to 1974 and the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors from 1975 to 1994. He began a 30-year crusade in politics when he took on the thankless job of advocating for the homeless, the mentally ill and abused and neglected children. He was one of the first elected officials in the nation to champion civil liberties for gay Americans and to call for reforms within a sheriff’s department rife with abuses. Edelman spearheaded the creation of the Los Angeles County Department of Children Services, the Children’s Courthouse, as well as the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

            Produced by filmmaker Mari Edelman, Ed’s spouse, the film tells the engaging story of politics, power, and civil rights and depicts spirited, uphill political battles, revealing Edelman’s unique ability to succeed in a politically hostile environment through the power of personal relationships and consensus building.  The story is told using vivid archival footage, still images and commentary from luminaries such as former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, historian Kevin Starr, architect Frank Gehry and theater director, Peter Sellars.  

            Author, Janet Fitch, writes, “The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman" is just the sort of film to inspire a new generation to public service, and help strip away some of our own time's cynicism about politics and the possibility of good government.”

            PBS SoCaL is the national presenting station for the documentary and premiered it locally in Los Angeles on January 20th, 2013 and will re-broadcast it on February 6th at 7pm. The film will be distributed to public television stations nationally in February through the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) and will be viewed on participating stations over the next two years. For more information about the film, please visit http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/presents/edelman/ .

            As the flagship PBS station in Southern California, PBS SoCaL works with independent filmmakers to develop and broadcast high-quality programs and series that educate, entertain and enlighten our viewers. “PBS SoCaL Presents” is proud to distribute a number of these completed programs and series to PBS stations nationally each year. For more information about “PBS SoCaL Presents” please go to http://www.pbssocal.org/tv/presents/.

About PBS SoCaL

            PBS SoCaL is PBS for Greater Los Angeles and dedicated to educating, entertaining and enlightening viewers throughout Southern California.  With its three unique broadcast channels, PBS SoCaL HD, PBS SoCaL Plus and PBS SoCaL World, PBS SoCaL provides award-winning programs like Frontline, NewsHour, NOVA, Nature and Masterpiece, as well as local productions including SoCaL Insider with Rick Reiff and LAaRT.  Through community outreach initiatives including PBS SoCaL Education, PBS SoCaL provides local schools access to new media materials that engage students in 21st century learning.  Explore the future of PBS in Southern California at www.pbssocal.org


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