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   from the issue of March 31, 2005

Free Sneak Preview of "Willa Cather: The Road is All" April 9 at Minden Opera House

Minden is one of several sites around the state hosting a sneak preview of a new national documentary on the life of Nebraska writer Willa Cather produced by NET Television (formerly the Nebraska ETV Network). "Willa Cather - The Road is All" will be shown at 7 p.m. on April 9, at the Minden Opera House (322 East Fifth Street, Minden). Co-sponsored by the NET Foundation for Public Television and the Minden Exchange Bank and Trust, the event is free and open to the public.

The 90-minute biography is a co-production of NET Television (with Thirteen/WNET New York) for national broadcast as part of the acclaimed PBS series "American Masters." The program, which will be broadcast on PBS in September 2005, interweaves interviews, rare photographs and scenes from Cather's novels to tell a story of the transforming magic of art.

As a child Cather was taken from her comfortable home in Virginia into the wild Nebraska frontier and the town of Red Cloud, an experience that became the inspiration for some of her greatest novels: "O Pioneers!," "The Song of the Lark," "My Antonia" and the Pulitzer Prize-winning "One of Ours."

NET staffers Joel Geyer and Christine Lesiak produced the show. They and other members of the NET crew spent four seasons filming scenes from Cather's life and from her books. They taped in Red Cloud where Cather grew up; in Lincoln; at the Spring Creek prairie in Denton; in Grand Island at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer; in New York City where she lived for many years; and in Santa Fe and Taos, N.M., for scenes from "Death Comes for the Archbishop."

Half a century after her death, Willa Cather lives on. Her stories inspire movies and operas. Critics plumb her darker novels to find a starkly modern sensibility. With F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain, Willa Cather is one of a handful of authors who define America for the world.



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