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DVS® Guide

Winter 2000
Volume 11, Issue 4

DVS® Highlights
DVSreg; Describes the Presidential Inauguration
While the recent presidential election could best be described as "too close to call" and "unprecedented," Descriptive Video Service® is proud to do its part in making the subsequent inauguration less ambiguous. A team of describers from DVS will provide live description on the SAP channel for PBS's broadcast of the presidential inauguration on January 20, making this historic first inauguration of the millennium accessible to blind and visually impaired Americans.

And the Winners Are...
We are pleased to announce the winners of the raffles held by DVS at the American Council of the Blind Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, and the National Federation of the Blind Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, both of which took place in July 2000. Congratulations to Mike and Jeanette Geno of Port Huron, Michigan, winners of the ACB raffle, and Vivian Huggins of Atlanta, winner of the NFB raffle. Our winners were chosen in a random drawing and received a DVS Home Video® of their choice.

We certainly enjoyed meeting all the attendees who came by the DVS exhibit during the 2000 conventions, and we hope to see you all again next summer!

We'd Like to Acknowledge...
The staff of DVS would like to recognize the generosity of the Washington Council of the Blind in Seattle, Washington, which recently made a $5,000 donation to DVS. It's the support and commitment of organizations such as WCB that enableDVSreg; to continue its important work on behalf of blind and visually impaired audiences. Thank you!

DVS Goes West!
In an effort to make more described theatrical films and home videos available to blind and visually impaired audiences, DVS has opened a new location on the West Coast. Already home to The Caption Center, the Los Angeles office of the Media Access Group at WGBH now includes DVS West, a new, local provider of description services to studios and distributors of films and videos. In addition, the Los Angeles office has expanded its staff and moved into a new, larger space-conveniently located near Hollywood-to better meet the increasing access service needs of the entertainment industry. We're confident that this move will help to increase the number and frequency of described theatrical films and home videos released in the future.

How to Access DVS
In order to receive DVS on television, viewers must have either a television with stereo, a VCR with the Second Audio Program (SAP)-both of which are standard features-or a stand-alone SAP receiver. To access the narrated visual descriptions on a television program or home video, simply activate the SAP feature, which can be located by consulting the equipment manual or by calling the equipment manufacturer. A stand-alone SAP receiver, which functions somewhat like a radio, can be tuned into a channel that broadcasts the description soundtrack. The SAP device may be used in addition to a television or for audio only, and is available either pretuned or adjustable.

SAP receivers may be purchased from Compol, Inc., 1-800-972-0881;
Avocet Instruments, Inc., 1-800-443-0728; and FM Atlas 218-879-7676.

Letter from the Director
Happy holidays to all of you! I hope you and yours are enjoying the busy holiday season. As usual, we're busy here at DVSDVSreg;-describing Ken Burns' mega-series Jazz, preparing for PBS's live description of the presidential inauguration and moving our expanded Los Angeles operation into larger quarters (see accompanying articles in this issue). These and other initiatives help further DVS's ongoing mission: to make television and other visual media more accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. We've made great strides during the past year and are poised for additional growth in 2001, including describing more television programs, movies, Web casts... The list goes on and on, thanks to the support and generosity of all of you.

On behalf of DVS, and the bicoastal staff of the Media Access Group at WGBH,
I wish you all the best for a happy and healthy new year!

Lori Kay, Director
WGBH Media Access Group/Services
Descriptive Video Service

It's a Jazzy January on PBS...
January is Jazz month on PBS, featuring the newest documentary (all 19 hours!) from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. This presentation-which will be fully described-tells the story of the quintessential American art form from its beginnings in the early 1900s to the present day. The series follows the evolution of jazz music-from the gritty streets of New Orleans to Lincoln Gardens on Chicago's Southside, where Louis Armstrong first won fame, from Prohibition-era speakeasies to the wide-open clubs of Kansas City and from the elegant Roseland Ballroom in Times Square, where only whites were allowed to dance, to the more egalitarian Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, where people of all colors mingled. "Jazz is much more than a study of this extraordinary American music...but offers a prism through which so much of American history can be seen," says Burns.

Six years in the making, Jazz features 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music, 2,400 still photographs and more than 2,000 archival film clips, many of which are rare and never before seen. Narrated by actor David Keith, it also features third-person voices provided by Samuel L. Jackson, Delroy Lindo, Derek Jacobi and Harry Connick Jr., among others.

The complete documentary is comprised of ten episodes of varying length, airing at 9pm on the following dates in 2001:

Monday, January 8: Gumbo (Beginnings-1917)
Tuesday, January 9: The Gift (1917-1924)
Wednesday, January 10: Our Language (1924-1928)
Monday, January 15: The True Welcome (1929-1935)
Wednesday, January 17: Swing: Pure Pleasure (1935-1937)
Monday, January 22: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration (1937-1939)
Tuesday, January 23: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)
Wednesday, January 24: Risk (1945-1955)
Monday, January 29: The Adventure (1955-1960)
Wednesday, January 31: A Masterpiece by Midnight (1960-Present)

PBS stations may schedule repeat broadcasts, so check your local PBS listings for dates and times.

PBS Schedule
The following is the DVS broadcast schedule for January through March on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Some public television stations may have different schedules, so be sure to check your local listings.

PBS programs scheduled to air with DVS are subject to change. For updates of the PBS broadcast schedule with DVS, call the DVS Information line, toll-free on your touch-tone phone, 1-800-333-1203. The broadcast schedule is also available on the Internet. E-mail us with your comments at:

Adventures from the Book of Virtues
every Sunday (30 minutes)

American Experience
1/1, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/20, 2/21, 2/26, 3/19, 3/26 (60 minutes). The episodes on 1/1 and 2/12 are 90 minutes. The episodes on 2/19, 2/20, 2/21 and 2/26 are 120 minutes.

every weekday and Sunday (30 minutes)

Between the Lions
every weekday and Sunday (30 minutes)

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre
1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25 (120 minutes). The episodes on 1/14, 1/21 and 1/28 are 60 minutes.

ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection
1/3 (90 minutes)

1/8, 1/9, 1/10, 1/15, 1/17, 1/22, 1/23, 1/24, 1/29, 1/31 (120 minutes).
The episode on 1/8 is 90 minutes.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
every weekday except 3/17-3/31
(30 minutes)

1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/22 (60 minutes). The episodes on 1/11, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1 and 3/22 are 120 minutes.

every Sunday (60 minutes)


1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/27
(60 minutes). There will be two episodes airing back to back on 3/27.

Scientific American Frontiers
1/23, 1/30, 2/6 (60 minutes)

every weekday and Sunday (30 minutes)

Turner Classic Movies
Through a partnership with DVS and the U.S. Department of Education, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) cable channel presents classic movies with description. These films are broadcast with description whenever they appear on the TCM channel. Please check your local listings. To obtain the TCM cable channel, contact your local cable provider. Simply activate the SAP feature on your stereo television or VCR to access the descriptions. Don't miss the DVS Showcase every Sunday night at 6pm. Please keep this list of described TCM programs as the list will not be published in every guide, but look for newly described TCM programs in the DVS Highlights section in future guides. You can also get a complete listing of movies described on the TCM cable channel by calling our DVS Information Line,1-800-333-1203.

DVS Theatrical®
The following is a listing of conventional movie theaters with video description. For specific titles that are described and for speciŪc dates and times the films will be showing, please call the theater nearest you. If your local theater is not listed here, let them know that you would like to see movies with DVS at their theater.

General Cinema Sherman Oaks/Sherman Oaks, Cinema 2
(near Los Angeles)
4500 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks
(818) 986-9660 or (818) 986-3078

General Cinema Parkway Pointe
Cinema 7
3101 Cobb Parkway, S.E.
(770) 937-0730

General Cinema Yorktown/Lombard,
Cinema 7 (near Chicago)
80 Yorktown Center
(630) 495-0012

General Cinema City North
2600 North Western Avenue
(773) 394-1600

General Cinema Owings Mills
Cinema 8
(near Baltimore)
10100 Mill Run Circle
Owings Mills
(443) 394-0060

General Cinema Framingham 14
Cinema 12
22 Flutie Pass
(508) 875-6151

General Cinema Fenway
201 Brookline Avenue
(617) 424-6111

New Jersey
General Cinema Clifton Commons/Clifton
Cinema 1
(near New York City)
405 Route 3 East
(973) 614-0966

New York
General Cinema Bay Plaza Cinemas
Bay Plaza Shopping Center
2210 Barton Avenue
(718) 320-1659

General Cinema Plymouth Meeting
Cinema 9 (near Philadelphia)
500 Germantown Pike
(outside of Plymouth Meeting Mall)
Plymouth Meeting
(610) 397-0780

General Cinema Springfield Mall
(near Washington, DC)
6500 Springfield Mall
(703) 971-4203

Cinerama Theater
(a General Cinema-operated facility)
2100 Fourth Avenue
(206) 441-3080

General Cinema Pacific Place, Cinema 3
600 Pine Street
(206) 652-8908

General Cinema Mayfair Mall
(near Milwaukee)
2500 North Mayfair Road
(414) 777-0467

Large-Format Theater Schedule
The following is the large-format theater movie schedule with video descriptions for January through March. For speciŪc dates and times the films will be showing with description, please call the theater nearest you. If your local large-format theater is not listed in the schedule, let them know that you would like to see movies with DVS at their theater.

Langley Theater, Smithsonian Institution/National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC
(202) 357-1675
Cosmic Voyage, To Fly!, Mission to Mir, Michael Jordan: To the Max

Entergy IMAX® Theater, Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, LA
(504) 581-4629
Dolphins, Mysteries of Egypt, Michael Jordan: To the Max

Mugar OMNI Theater, Museum of Science
Boston, MA
(617) 723-2500
The Magic of Flight, Africa: The Serengeti, Mysteries of Egypt, Shackleton's Antarctic Journey

Wortham IMAX® Theater, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston, TX
(713) 639-4705
No described titles scheduled at this time

Laurence Phipps Theater, Denver Museum of Natural History
Denver, CO
(303) 370-6322
Dolphins, Migrations: The Epic Journey

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX® Theater
Chattanooga, TN
(800) 262-0695
Into the Deep, Mysteries of Egypt

DVS Funders
We extend our sincere thanks to the many corporations, foundations, organizations and viewers who have supported DVS during the past year.

Inaugural Circle
General Motors
George B. Storer Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts
U.S. Department of Education

Additional Supporters
American Council of the Blind of Ohio
American Express Foundation
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation
Eberhard and Pat Ax
J. Walton Bissell Foundation
John Demetralis
Des Moines Chapter, Iowa Council of the United Blind
The Gerber Foundation
Arlene Gordon
The George Gund Foundation
Debra and Paul Hill
Gilbert H. Hood Family Fund
William F. Paul
The Pearle Vision Foundation
Reader's Digest Fund for the Blind
George and Eleanor Shearing
Irving M. Shepard III
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Jo Taliaferro
Washington Council of the Blind
E. Matilda Ziegler Foundation for the Blind

Major funding for Descriptive Video Service is provided by
the U.S. Department of Education. Cooperative agreements:
H026C70004, H026C70005, H026C70007, H327C980003


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