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New Television; Hall's Crossing

Part of New Television Workshop.

"Hall's Crossing" refers to a place in the American West where natural rhythms collide with scenic cruisers and tour buses. "Hall's Crossing" is an electronic "see America," set in a place where natural vistas and cultural myths overlap, a place where the canyon meets the road. Scenes of the Grand Canyon portray both the beauty of the area and its invasion by tourists. The tourists attempt to capture the imagery through the medium of photography. At one point a narrator, Dr. Giselda Benda, speaks a foreign language. The electronic and vocal score was composed by Meredith Monk. The work was broadcast as a segment of episode 609 (1990), and episode 301 (1993), of "New Television." Approximate date: 1990

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New Television

Hall's Crossing

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

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Darmek, Dennis
Film and Television
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “New Television; Hall's Crossing,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed February 18, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A0F0D36EFF87486ABEE2EE7757A30F92.
MLA: “New Television; Hall's Crossing.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. February 18, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A0F0D36EFF87486ABEE2EE7757A30F92>.
APA: New Television; Hall's Crossing. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A0F0D36EFF87486ABEE2EE7757A30F92
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