Ken Burns' PBS miniseries preview shown at Dominican

“Bay Area Backroads” personality Doug McConnell hosted a preview of Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s upcoming PBS miniseries “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” on Thursday, Sept. 17, at Dominican University of California. The free event, co-sponsored by Dominican, KQED, KRCB, Sierra Club, EAC and the National Parks Conservation Association, was held at Dominican’s Angelico Hall.

Nancy Kelly’s “Moments in Time,” an in-progress documentary about the creation of Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate Recreational Area and the struggle to save it from development, also was previewed. Kelly and her husband, Kenji  Yamamoto,  live in Greenbrae where  they have their own production facilities. The Marin filmmakers were in attendance, along with Nancy Dobbs, President, CEO and Program Development Executive for KRCB, the PBS affiliate in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties that partnered in the project.

“The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” was filmed in 58 national parks over the course of six years from Acadia in Maine to Yosemite in California. It includes footage from the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, the Everglades in Florida and from the gates of the Arctic in Alaska.

The six-episode miniseries, which ends on Oct. 2 on KQED, is directed by Burns, a renown documentary filmmaker,  and written and co-produced by Duncan, who collaborated with Burns on the popular documentaries “Civil War” and “Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery.”