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Denver’s own Filmmaker to have Documentary aired on KBDI-12

           DENVER – (August 26, 2009) – A documentary written, directed and produced by Denver’s Hailima Yates will air Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. on KBDI-Channel 12.

            Saints Rising will provide an in-depth and creative perspective on the adversities residents of New Orleans face years after Hurricane Katrina, along with the grassroots movement to rebuild their lives. Interviews with residents and volunteers, as well as children, will give viewers a look into the issues that affect their lives most.

The film was also chosen as an official selection of the San Diego Black Film Festival.

            Yates traveled to New Orleans in March 2007 to be part of the hurricane relief efforts and felt she needed to do something more. When she returned to Denver, she contacted Joe Rogers, assistant producer of Saints Rising, to be part of the project. Together, they flew back and forth from New Orleans four times for a week at a time to complete the project, while still maintaining their full-time jobs.

Yates, a graduate of Arvada High School and Alaska Pacific University, and Rogers, a current student at Metro State, both reside in Denver.

A full schedule of air times for all of the programs can be found at www.KBDI.org.


About KBDI

KBDI has set itself apart with carriage of an unparalleled amount of local public affairs programming. KBDI "community voice" programming engages viewers in community-based discussions of state, national and global issues. KBDI delivers three digital channels: its flagship KBDI broadcast station with a strong mix of local, national and international programming (DT-12.1); The Documentary Channel, featuring the works of independent filmmakers (DT-12.2); and MHz Worldview, a channel providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally minded audience (DT-12.3).


Allison Burger, University of Denver Intern

KBDI-Channel 12 (PBS)

Marcia Simmons, Marketing Director

CO 303-991-5020 (direct); 303-489-4012 (cell)

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