Crane Trust Documentary Premieres Hosted in Lincoln and Grand Island

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The national spotlight will shine its light on one of the world’s most remarkable natural treasures in Nebraska’s very own backyard in 2014, with the release of The Crane Trust, an original Visionaries film hosted by Sam Waterston.

A special premiere presentation of this uplifting story about these rarest of lands along the Platte River and their extraordinary connection to the human spirit will be held Jan. 22 at the Ross Theater in Lincoln.

The doors open for the public at 6:45 p.m., as the premiere event begins at 7 p.m. Afterward, the public is invited to join Visionaries producers, film sponsors and other friends of the Crane Trust at 8:00 p.m. in the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online at or by calling the Nebraska Tourism Commission at 402-471-3796. The premiere event is free and open to the public.

A second premiere event will be held Jan. 23 in Grand Island at the Grand Theatre, 316 West 3rd Street.

The doors open for the public at 6:45 p.m. with the film presentation starting at 7 p.m. The Grand Island premiere is being hosted by the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce and other valued friends of the Crane Trust. Reservations for the Grand Island event are also highly recommended and can be made online at or by calling the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce at 308- 382-9210.

The 30-minute production will be released to public broadcasting stations nationwide on March 1, 2014.

“The Crane Trust documentary is a wonderfully unique story about conservation and Nebraska’s great sandhill crane migration, as told by Dr. Jane Goodall, Tom Mangelsen and a growing legacy of conservation pioneers,” says Kathy McKillip, Director of the Nebraska Tourism Commission. “What better way to share this incredible resource we call home with the rest of the country—and encourage people to come experience it in person!”

Visionaries Creator/Executive Producer Bill Mosher and Executive Director Elizabeth Turner will fly in from California to participate in the premiere event. From its beginnings in 1995, Visionaries has sought to employ television as an instrument of public service by producing inspiring stories about non-profit organizations working to make the world a better place. For the 2014 season, the Crane Trust, located on the banks of the Platte River near Grand Island, was one of four organizations out of 125 candidates selected for the award-winning series.

“For more than 30 years, the Crane Trust has endeavored to protect and maintain critical habitat for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River,” explains Crane Trust President and CEO Chuck Cooper. “The Trust today stands with its conservation partners as a testament to the lasting good that can be achieved when people of different interests and goodwill come together to act on behalf of one of the most extraordinary ecosystems on the planet—and the wildlife that depend on it to survive.”

The film’s production and premiere are being made possible with the generous support of the Nebraska Tourism Commission and other valued Friends of the Crane Trust.