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MPBN announces film release and screenings of ‘A Matter of Duty’ documentary on PTSD epidemic

PORTLAND, BANGOR and LEWISTON, Maine — The Maine Public Broadcasting Network announces the upcoming airing schedule on MPBN Television and community screenings of “A Matter of Duty,” a new MPBN documentary focusing on the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder  in Maine.

 The film explores PTSD through the story of Kennebec County Sheriff Randy Liberty, who served as a command sergeant major and took part in major combat in Fallujah Iraq. Upon his return, Sheriff Liberty struggled with PTSD and received therapy at Togus VA. He was then instrumental in several initiatives to serve veterans, including Maine’s first Veterans Treatment Court in Augusta, and the innovative Veterans unit within the Kennebec County Jail.

 The film’s broadcast premiere will be at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10. Other airings will be at 11 p.m. Nov. 10, 10 p.m. Nov. 14, and 11 a.m. Nov. 16. There will be other times too that have not been scheduled.

“A Matter of Duty” is co-produced by Jennifer Rooks and Charles C. Stuart. Rooks is host and Executive Producer of Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks, and is the winner of two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Stuart has produced documentary films for every major television network, including PBS Frontline. He is a recipient of the George Foster Peabody and Alfred Dupont awards and eight national television EMMYs.

 “This is one of the most powerful stories I have ever worked on,” stated Jen Rooks, in a press release. “The documentary provides viewers with a glimpse into the significant challenges and difficulties facing veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress.”

MPBN is bringing this important documentary to Maine through a series of screenings in the Fall of 2013 and the Spring of 2014. The first screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at USM’s Hannaford Hall; and 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, at  Colby College. These events are free and open to the public, but seating is very limited. Screening information is detailed at MPBN.NET.

The Maine Public Broadcasting Network is Maine’s premier, independent media resource, dedicated to creating exceptional opportunities for the communities it serves to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. MPBN is renowned for creating award-winning programs, as well as airing content from PBS, NPR, and other independent producers. Formed in 1992, MPBN is an independently owned and operated nonprofit organization with office and studio locations in Bangor, Lewiston, and Portland, Maine. For more information, visit www.mpbn.net.

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