A Series of Online Viewing Experiences
Panhandle PBS Presents invites viewers to a virtual room to watch national and local Panhandle PBS content and chat electronically with others and sometimes, the filmmakers themselves! We hope those we serve will enjoy this opportunity to connect with fellow community members, engage in real-time dialogue, learn something new, and stay safe wherever they are.
Panhandle PBS Presents will offer one virtual experience per month through May 2021, with additional content under consideration. Online, interactive platforms will include Zoom and OVEE (Online Viewing and Engagement Experience). Event information will be updated on this page as it becomes available. For more information, please call Panhandle PBS at 806-371-5479.
- Two for the Road Season Finale - November 12, 2020, 7 p.m.
- Savor the Goods: At Home for the Holidays - December 10, 2020, 7 p.m.
- 9to5: The Story of a Movement - January 27, 2021, 6 p.m.
- Mr. Soul! - February 17, 2021, 6 p.m.
- Preview: The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our Song - February 2021
- Coded Bias - March 18, 2021, 6 p.m.
- Preview: Hemingway from Ken Burns - April 2021
- The Donut King - May 2021
The Donut King
The Donut King | Official Trailer
May 19, 2021 at 6 p.m.
Join Panhandle PBS online for a free, interactive screening of The Donut King Wednesday, May 19 from 6-7:30pm. RSVP here (link forthcoming) to take part.
The Donut King is Ted Ngoy’s rags-to-riches story of a refugee escaping Cambodia, arriving in America in 1975, and building an unlikely multimillion-dollar empire baking America’s favorite pastry, the donut. Ngoy sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming refugees and helped them get on their feet by teaching them the ways of the donut business. By 1979, he was living the American Dream - but a great rise often comes with a great fall. The Donut King is a tale of hard knocks, redemption, wealth, survival, risk, and donuts.
The Donut King premieres Monday, May 24 at 9pm as part of Independent Lens on Panhandle PBS. Support for this event is provided by ITVS, PBS and Corporation for Public Broadcasting. For more information call 806-371-5479.
Two for the Road Season Finale
Two for the Road Season Four Trailer
Join the Panhandle’s own Nik and Dusty Green for an online screening of a special one-hour extended version of their new Two for the Road Texas Panhandle episode.
Taking place the same night and time of the episode’s premiere on Panhandle PBS, viewers can watch and chat along while Nik and Dusty share some of their favorite sights, stories, and stops across our beloved Texas Panhandle. The episode includes Caprock Canyons State Park’s stunning natural beauty and an encounter with the Texas state bison herd, a ride across the Panhandle along historic Route 66, and an epic backcountry four-wheeling adventure in Palo Duro Canyon.
Savor the Goods: At Home for the Holidays
With the Holidays looking a little different this year and more at-home cooking during this time, Panhandle PBS is partnering with five Texas Panhandle chefs to present Savor the Goods: At Home for the Holidays. In this online experience, viewers will learn new recipes, preparation techniques, and twists to holiday staples to delight their families with a memorable holiday dinner. Chefs featured:
Rhonda Obenhaus, Amarillo High School culinary arts teacher
Ruthie Landelius, owner/chef at Black Fig Foods
Sam Blackburn, chef at Sodexo
Jessica Higgins, owner/chef at Girasol Cafe and Bakery
Tanner Burnham, executive chef at Northwest Texas Hospital
Dishes will include Smoked Brisket, Mushroom Wellington, Pumpkin Mousse Pie and other side dishes and desserts. Following the online demonstrations, viewers can participate in a live Q&A with the chefs.
The Age of Nature: Online Film Screening and Discussion
The Age of Nature
Explore humanity’s relationship with nature and wildlife.
This screening features the first episode of a new three-part PBS series, The Age of Nature. In "Awakening," viewers will discover how a new awareness of nature is helping to restore ecosystems from Panama to China to Mozambique. We'll see how innovative actions are being taken to repair man-made damage and restore reefs, rivers, animal populations and more.
This screening is a partnership between Panhandle PBS and Amarillo Museum of Art. It is being held in conjunction with the Museum's new series of exhibitions, Precipice, on view through December 31, 2020. The exhibits feature three artists - Mark Messersmith, David Maisel, and Jess Benjamin - exploring the impact of humankind's relationship with nature through paintings, photographs, and sculptural ceramics.
9to5: The Story of a Movement
9to5: The Story of a Movement | Independent Lens | PBS
When Dolly Parton sang "9 to 5," she was doing more than just shining a light on the fate of American working women. Parton was singing the true story of a movement that started with 9to5, a group of Boston secretaries in the early 1970s. Their goals were simple – better pay, more advancement opportunites, and an end to sexual harassment – but their unconventional approach attracted the press and shamed their bosses into change. Featuring interviews with 9to5's founders, as well as actor and activist Jane Fonda, 9to5: The Story of a Movement is the previously untold story of the fight that inspired a hit and changed the American workplace.
9to5: The Story of a Movement premieres on Panhandle PBS Monday, February 1 at 9 p.m. For more information on the film, visit pbs.org/9to5.
Preview: The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song
Join a national online screening and discussion of The Black Church: This is Our Story, This Is Our Song on Thursday, February 11 at 6 p.m. Participants will enjoy a 15 minute preview of the program followed by a live Q&A with special guests, Series Host and Executive Producer Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and PBS Chief Programming Executive Sylvia Bugg.
An intimate series from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song will explore the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, the changing nature of worship spaces, and the men and women who shepherded them from the pulpit, the choir loft and church pews.
The series will air on Panhandle PBS beginning Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. Stories of the impact of local Black churches will also be shared from Panhandle PBS’s Living While Black new content series, premiering in March.
MR. SOUL! trailer | BFI London Film Festival 2018
Before Oprah and Arsenio, there was Mr. SOUL! In 1968, producer Ellis Haizlip developed a new show aimed at Black audiences, one that used the familiar variety-show format to display and celebrate the breadth of Black culture. For five years, the public television show SOUL! highlighted Black literature, music, and politics. Haizlip presided over the show as an unusual, unassuming host who conducted interviews with both an intense interest and laid-back style, attracting notable, eclectic figures to the show, and providing a national platform for previously unheard voices.
The show quickly gained critical praise and public support as one of the first platforms to expand the image of African Americans on television and shift their representation from inner-city poverty and violence to the vibrancy of the Black Arts Movement. MR. SOUL! delves into this critical moment in television history, as well as the man who guided it, highlighting a turning point in representation with an impact that continues to resonate to this day.
Mr. SOUL! airs on Panhandle PBS Monday, February 22 at 9 p.m. and Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. as part of Independent Lens.
Coded Bias | Trailer
When MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that most facial-recognition software does not accurately identify darker-skinned faces and the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms that shape the technology in our lives.
Panhandle PBS will join the national Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of this film with an online link to RSVP forthcoming.
Preview: Hemingway from Ken Burns
Interested in a local conversation about the new Ken Burns and Lynn Novick PBS series on Ernest Hemingway? Join Amarillo Public Library staff with Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University professors as they share their thoughts on the author, his work, and their hopes for the series, along with a “sneak peek” of video segments from HEMINGWAY coming in April to Panhandle PBS.
Following a preview of the film, Stacy Clopton, Public Relations Coordinator with Amarillo Public Library, will moderate a discussion with Dr. E. Christopher Hudson with the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Amarillo College and Dr. Ryan Brooks with the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages at West Texas A&M University.
This free, online event will take place using OVEE - Online Viewing and Engagement Experience - with participants being able to chat online with our guests.
For more information, including Amarillo Public Library activities around the Hemingway series, visit panhandlePBS.org/hemingway or call Panhandle PBS at 806-371-5479. HEMINGWAY airs April 5 - 7 from 7 - 9pm on Panhandle PBS.