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PBS to visit campus to shoot documentary


PBS will visit Central Michigan University on April 19 to film for their new documentary, “Enlisted.”

The documentary is being directed and produced by Keith Famie and Visionalist Entertainment Productions. The film is produced in association with Urban Communications Group.

The overall goal of the documentary is to answer questions regarding the lives of military members. Three of these questions are:

  • Does a young adult fully understand the consequences of enlisting?
  • What makes military camaraderie unlike anything else?
  • Does the government and society fall short in helping or understanding those who are injured in the military?

The documentary will also show the lives of current active duty military personnel and veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Maj. Jake Cornett, assistant professor of Military Science, said four cadets and two Cadre members from CMU have already been interviewed. Follow up interviews will take place April 19.

John Kulhavi is also being interviewed for the film and is an executive producer, Cornett said. As a CMU alumnus and brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserves, Kulhavi remains involved in CMU’s Army ROTC program.

“Enlisted” will become a two-hour PBS broadcast special. The documentary will include a 90-minute theatrical version for festival submissions and distribution.

The film is scheduled to screen in Detroit and in Florida. Both premieres will benefit local veteran organizations.