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New Television; Storm and Stress


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New Television
Storm and Stress
Series Description

"New Television" began as a local pilot production of WNET (New York) in 1986. In 1987, WGBH signed on as co-producer, and the shows were aired in Boston and New York. In 1988 and 1989, KCET (Los Angeles) and WETA (D.C.) became producers in association. In 1991, PBS picked up "New Television," and it was broadcast nationally. The following year, the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, replaced WNET, WETA, and KCET as co-producer with WGBH. In 1993, WGBH ceased to be a co-producer for the series, and the "home base" moved to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) in Hartford, CT.

"New Television" commissioned, produced, and acquired programming. In its early years, "New Television" broadcast works commissioned by The Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. Increasingly, experimental films as well as video works were broadcast as a part of this series. Many of the later episodes of "New Television" contain works that play with and deconstruct the documentary genre. Series release date: 1986

Program Description

The work presents images of extreme weather conditions and scientific attempts to monitor them, in a collage format. The inclusion of testing footage from research laboratories gives “Storm and Stress” the suggestion of a documentary. As the succession of images unfolds, the viewer is exposed to violent rainstorms, with much thunder and lightning; tornadoes; a raging fire; and stormy conditions at sea. Each of these weather conditions is set off by images showing human interaction with them. Scientists attempt to recreate and measure thunder and lightning inside a sterile building; a group of individuals driving in a car follow a nearby tornado and measure its force; firefighters attempt to stop a blaze; and men in a boat measure waves. Some of this imagery is shot in a handheld, point-of-view style, as in the case of the tornado chasers and the men on the boat. The sound score consists almost solely of the natural sounds of the footage -- the discussion of the persons depicted and the sounds of the weather itself.



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Broadcast program

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Film and Television
Chicago: “New Television; Storm and Stress,” 11/26/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9B5492E8E50C46338A4E411748B460B0.
MLA: “New Television; Storm and Stress.” 11/26/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9B5492E8E50C46338A4E411748B460B0>.
APA: New Television; Storm and Stress. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9B5492E8E50C46338A4E411748B460B0
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