March 9, 2011
That time has come! April, 2011 brings OLMSTED AND AMERICA’S URBAN PARKS (formerly “The Olmsted Legacy”) to a television station near you, via American Public Television. Check your local listings for details, but below, a list.
|Albany-Schenectady||WMHT||April 20, 10 p.m.|
|Albuquerque||KNMD||April 24, 6 p.m.|
|Atlanta||WPBA||April 23, 7 p.m.|
|Baltimore||MPT2||April 21, 11 p.m.|
|Birmingham||WBIQ||April 21, 9 p.m.|
|Charlotte||WTVI||April 20, 11 p.m.|
|UNC-TV||April 28, 10 p.m.|
|Chattanooga||WTCI||April 18, 10:30 p.m.|
|Fort Myers||WGCU||April 20, 10 p.m.|
|Fresno||KVPT||April 19, 9 p.m.|
|Grand Rapids||WGVU||April 24, 4 p.m.|
|April 26, 2 a.m.|
|Greensboro||UNC-TV||April 28, 10 p.m.|
|Greenville-Spartansburg||UNC-TV||April 28, 10 p.m.|
|Jacksonville||WJCT||April 19, 9 p.m.|
|Las Vegas||KLVX||April 20, 10 p.m.|
|Los Angeles||KVCR||April 19, 8 p.m.|
|Miami||WPBT||April 20, 10 p.m.|
|New Orleans||WLAE||April 18, 10 p.m.|
|New York||WNET||April 20, 10 p.m.|
|WLIW||April 22, 2 p.m.|
|Pensacola||WSRE||April 20, 9 p.m.|
|Pittsburgh||MPT2||April 21, 11 p.m.|
|Plattsburgh||Mtn Lake PBS||April 21, 9 p.m.|
|Portland||KOPB||April 29, 10 p.m.|
|KOPB Plus||April 24, 8 p.m.|
|Providence||RIPBS||April 27, 9 p.m.|
|LEARN Ch.||Date TBD|
|Raleigh-Durham||UNC-TV||April 28, 10 p.m.|
|Reno||KNPB||April 19, 9 p.m.|
|Salt Lake City||KUEN||Date TBD|
|San Francisco||KQED||April 24, 2 p.m.|
|South Bend-Elkhart||WNIT||April 20, 10 p.m.|
|Tallahassee||WFSU||April 21, 10 p.m.|
|Tampa||WEDU||April 21, 10 p.m.|
|April 26, 6 p.m.|
|Washington DC||MPT2||April 21, 11 p.m.|
It’s a big week of festivals for Olmsted. First stop in Nevada City, California on Saturday night at the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, and then on to Princeton, NJ for the Princeton Environmental Film Festival on Tuesday, January 18.
THE OLMSTED LEGACY joins films and filmmakers from across the globe, and will screen at 7:00pm at the Princeton Public Library – 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ. Executive Producer Mike Messner (writer of this recent op-ed in the Washington Post: “Sometimes money does grow on trees” ) will discuss the genesis of the idea for the film and his efforts to keep Olmsted’s vision alive today.
Olmsted’s landscapes, I like to believe, are both wild and scenic, despite being surrounded by decidedly un-wild and un-scenic urban landscape. Therefore, I’m thrilled that the film was accepted to this year’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, California.
If you find yourself in California on Saturday evening, east of the Sierra Nevadas, stop by Nevada City! THE OLMSTED LEGACY will be playing at Vet’s Hall. I’ll be there, speaking after the film, and blogging updates!
January 6, 2011
If you missed last week’s premiere, don’t fret. There are still a few more chances to watch THE OLMSTED LEGACY on WHUT. Some of the times are on the early side, but there is always DVR. Watch it in HD if you can!
Saturday, January 8 at 10:00PM
Sunday, January 9 at 2:00AM
Sunday, January 9 at 6:00AM
December 14, 2010
January 2nd, 8:00pm on WHUT in the Washington, DC metro area!
October 26, 2010
Dively Auditorium, First Floor
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Glickman-Miller Hall, Roberta Steinbacher Atrium
Come for the film, stay for a discussion with local landscape architect Jim McKnight, and Tony Coyne, Chairman of the City Planning Commission.
See you tomorrow…
October 19, 2010
The park for San Francisco that Olmsted designed, however, was multi-faceted, featuring a smaller park in the wind-protected valley of the undeveloped Buena Vista Hill (modern day Hayes Valley), and a 4-mile promenade that ran along Market Street, before turning the corner and continuing up Van Ness Avenue to the bay. Olmsted thought the promenade should be lined with dry weather plants, and sunken underground, to protect pedestrians from the harsh east-west winds. City leaders thanked him for his time, paid him his $500 consulting fee, and ultimately decided that the idea was too radical, too far-sighted to be implemented.
Golden Gate Park, the “Central Park” that city leaders were looking for, was designed by William Hammond Hall on an epic stretch of land that Olmsted deemed too windy to be considered.
Join us TONIGHT for a screening of THE OLMSTED LEGACY at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park.
The screening is FREE, and will feature a Q&A with writer/producer Rebecca Messner, and remarks by Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the California State Parks Foundation. Many thanks to the San Francisco Parks Trust for their help with this event!
October 13, 2010
Hosted by our friends at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Friends of the National Zoo!
Come hear a special panel discussion following the film about the future of America’s urban parks, featuring Charles A. Birnbaum (founder and president, The Cultural Landscape Foundation), Faye Harwell (director and partner, Rhodeside & Harwell), Susan Rademacher (parks curator, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy) and TOL interviewee Tupper Thomas (administrator, Prospect Park and president, Prospect Park Alliance)!
And stay for drinks and small bites!
August 30, 2010
Some photos from our screening of THE OLMSTED LEGACY: AMERICA’S URBAN PARKS in Buffalo, NY last Thursday. Many thanks to the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy for not only organizing a beautiful event, but for keeping Olmsted’s legacy truly alive and thriving in Buffalo.
August 19, 2010
Below, a schedule of screenings of THE OLMSTED LEGACY: America’s Urban Parks
August 27 – Buffalo, NY at the Marcy Casino in Olmsted’s Delaware park
September 22 – Boston, MA at the Museum of Fine Arts
September 26 – Baltimore, MD at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum (2pm)
September 28 – Louisville, KY at the Speed Art Museum
October 19 – San Francisco, CA at the deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park
Please check back for more details!
Hope you can join us! And don’t forget to stop by the Dairy, Central Park’s visitor center, to watch “The Olmsted Legacy” at any time!
August 17, 2010
Stop by the Dairy in Central Park to catch The Olmsted Legacy, playing on loop, starting today!
[photo via the Central Park Conservancy]
The Dairy, intended by Calvert Vaux to be built as a refreshment stand for children, was meant to sell fresh milk at low prices, during a time when most of the milk in New York made citizens sick. “Swill milk,” as it was called, was taken from cows who were fed old mash leftover from the beer making process, at a time when the production and sale of milk in New York was not regulated.
Olmsted and Vaux, as a result, hoped to include fresh milk in their park as a kind of alleviating alternative to the other tainted options, and even designed a place for cows to graze and be milked in the vicinity of the Dairy.
The structure, however, underwent a significant transformation during the Tweed administration, and by the time construction was completed, there were no cows to be found. Olmsted’s sheltering vegetation was uprooted, and a carriage lot was constructed for the introduction of a restaurant for middle-class New Yorkers, which is how the space was used until the 1950s, when the building was virtually abandoned.
Today, the Central Park Conservancy’s brilliant restoration of the building now houses the park’s visitor center and gift shop. Still a far cry from Vaux’s original intention, but undeniably more useful for today’s park-goers than a lot full of cows!
The Dairy is open Monday-Sunday, 10am to 5pm, and will be continuously playing The Olmsted Legacy, beginning today. A great way to stay cool in these last days of summer.
August 13, 2010
Fresh off the premiere in Prospect Park, The Olmsted Legacy screened for parks leaders and policy makers in Denver on Wednesday. We were thrilled to be joined by Denver Parks Commissioner Kevin Patterson, Catherine Nagel of the City Parks Alliance, urban parks guru Peter Harnik, and Jonas Olmsted, distant relative of FLO himself, and, as an architect, living torchbearer of the Olmsted legacy.
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful setting. City Park set the stage in Denver not only for the film, but incomparable views of the city’s skyline, and its characteristic Rockies in the distance.
[City Park, Denver]
[Catherine Nagel, Peter Harnik, Rebecca Messner]