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Press Release - Free Film and Conversation Coming Up at the North Dakota Heritage Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2014
Contact: Erik Holland, Education Curator

Free Film and Conversation Coming Up at the North Dakota Heritage Center

BISMARCK, ND—The public is invited to attend a free locally produced film. Conversations on the Bench, a Bruce Wendt Film Production hosted by English and humanities instructor Brian Palecek, will be Sunday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. in the Russell Reid Auditorium at the North Dakota Heritage Center. Following the film will be a conversation with Wendt and Palecek.

Conversations on the Bench is a compilation of one-on-one conversations between Palecek and a community member from December 2010 and December 2013 on an isolated bench in Bismarck. Palecek engaged partners in conversations on the first day of a new season, a solstice, or equinox. The conversations document a variety of subjects and changes in the seasonal cycle.

Opening with The Solstice Song, an original composition by Kris Kitko of Bismarck, local conversants including Dr. Herb Wilson, Wakinyan Hardin, Jonathan Bry, Janelle Masters, Damir Bacanic, Jim Kambeitz, and Jessica Hegland discuss with Palecek personal and community events. Sponsors for this event include the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota Humanities Council, and Cinema 100.

Conversations on the Bench is part of the Sensational Sundays series sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Sensational Sundays, free public programs, are a buffet for the mind often in partnership with outside organizational sponsors. They come in a variety of presentation formats including lectures, concerts, movies and tours delivering an array of engaging, educational, historic, and cultural information.

For more information contact Erik Holland, curator of education, at 701.328.2792 or

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