LOS ANGELES (LA Times)–With local PBS affiliate KCET-TV refusing to air his documentary [The Armenian Genocide]–filmmaker Andrew Goldberg has decided to rent out Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre to show the film in continuous free screenings on April 17–the same day it will air on most of the major PBS affiliates throughout the country.
"We will continue to screen the film that day and night as long as we have the theater," Goldberg said Wednesday.
The filmmaker–who is paying for much of the $10,000 tab out of his own pocket–noted that "the largest market of Armenia’s outside Armenia is in Los Angeles."
Goldberg’s one-hour documentary focuses on the Ottoman Empire’s role in the Armenian genocide during and right after World War I.
The film also focuses on ongoing denial in the modern republic of Turkey–successor of the Ottoman Empire.
The documentary has already created some controversy–in part because PBS commissioned a 25-minute panel discussion to run afterward–which featured two genocide deniers.
A group called the Armenian Tidorts launched an online petition against the panel program and several members of Congress complained to PBS. They argued that the network would never follow a documentary about the genocide of Jews during World War II with a panel discussion featuring holocaust deniers.
KCET said it would not run either the documentary or the panel follow-up.
Bohdan Zachary–the station’s executive director of programming–said it would instead air a French documentary about the Armenian genocide–which the station felt offered a more comprehensive examination of the issue.