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Film Director Philip Kunhardt To Speak At Miller Center On ‘The American President’

March 21, 2000 -- Philip Kunhardt III, director and producer of the widely anticipated PBS series, "The American President," will speak at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs on Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Kunhardt, along with former Kennedy advisor and historian Richard Neustadt, will discuss how this unique series was made and will sign copies of the companion book.

The first documentary series ever to profile all 41 of America’s chief executives, "The American President" will premiere Sunday, April 9, from 9-11 p.m. on PBS (local station WHTJ in Charlottesville, WCVE in Richmond). The series will run for five consecutive nights, concluding on Thursday, April 13.

The series features an extraordinary group of political, military and media figures to provide voices for the presidents who served before the development of sound recording. The list includes Gen. Colin Powell, Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf, former Sen. Robert Dole, Walter Cronkite, radio personality Don Imus, former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, Sen. John Glenn, James Carville, Andrew Young (as Thomas Jefferson) and the Rev. Billy Graham.

Philip Kunhardt, along with his father, Philip Kunhardt Jr., and brother Peter Kunhardt spent over four years creating "The American President." They used hundreds of photo archives across the country for their footage, including the Meserve Collection of Civil War era photographs, to bring alive the story of the presidents "in their own words," according to Philip Kunhardt Jr.

"The story of the presidency is history on a scale that is both heroic and personal," says producer Philip Kunhardt III. "One of the most interesting things that emerges when you look at them as individuals is that personal flaws are not necessarily a barrier to greatness, and rigorous personal virtue does not necessarily protect against failure."

Philip Kunhardt III's presentation at the Miller Center is free and open to the public. The Miller Center is located at 2201 Old Ivy Road in Charlottesville.

More information about the series and about all 41 American Presidents is available on an educational website developed by Kunhardt Productions, www.americanpresident.org. New York Life is the exclusive underwriter for both the documentary and the website.

Photographs related to the series, as well as a full press kit on the series, are available by calling Margaret Edwards at the Miller Center (804) 924-7889.

Contact: Margaret Edwards, (804) 924-7889

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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