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What We Watch: Holly De Ruyter, WPT History Producer

Holly De Ruyter poses at her desk.History producer Holly De Ruyter is the producer of a documentary about UW Varsity Band director Prof. Mike Leckrone that will air later this year. She also produced Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club, airing 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4. (WPT Passport members can also watch online!)

Read more about Old Fashioned right here on the blog.

Holly is newer to WPT, joining the station last November, but she’s a longtime lover of public television. (Who isn’t?) Here are some of her top public TV picks, along with some reflections on her craft.

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Q&A: Pete Schwaba, Director’s Cut

Pete SchwabaFrom his home base in Marinette, writer, director and comedian Pete Schwaba remains connected to the independent film community as host of Director’s Cutas well as introducing documentaries shown on Independent Lens and POV.

Each year, the Director’s Cut season kicks off with a preview of the Wisconsin Film Festival. Join Schwaba and special guests – festival organizers and filmmakers – 9 p.m. Monday, April 1 on WPT to discuss some of the great offerings in store. Then, come on down to the fest itself from April 4-11, where Schwaba presents the Golden Badger Awards to the best of Wisconsin’s Own films.

Schwaba spoke with us to share some of his favorite indie film picks from past seasons, and what he loves about public TV. Read on!

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Watching Our Presidents on Presidents Day

As the snow falls over much of Wisconsin, many of us are thinking of hunkering down somewhere warm on yet another wintry day. If that is how you find yourself today, we have a great opportunity to pass the time.

Being Presidents Day, there might be no better time to dive into the history of the men who have led our country from the White House. And, there is no better place to do that than with our friends at American Experience.

The documentary series has long been the best outlet for presidential histories – and you can watch many of them and explore exclusive content online now. Just visit American Experience’s Presidents collection and dive in. You’ll be so engrossed in these great stories that you won’t even notice spring arriving before you know it!

Ken Burns' Storytelling Secrets

As viewers of public television, we have all been fortunate to watch some of our country’s most amazing stories unfold through the camera lens of Ken Burns. His style is remarkable, unique and powerful. But, what drives him as a filmmaker to tell the stories in the way he does? Why not ask him directly?

In this short video, Burns describes his passion and process for storytelling — it could be as simple as figuring out how one plus one can equal three. It’s a process everyone who has ever shared a story can learn from, and it lets us know a lot more about Ken Burns as a filmmaker, a master storyteller and a person.