Filmtastic Fridays – Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Filmtastic Fridays – Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

All of us know Frederick Law Olmsted as the founder of landscape architecture–but what most don’t know are the fascinating details of his background and the roles that sheer luck and happenstance played in steering him towards developing a lasting legacy. His story and his works will be celebrated tonight in a documentary aired by the American broadcast television network Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Titled “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America,” this much-anticipated film will follow his story from his early start in journalism to his work at Central Park and beyond. 

From the description:

“To Olmsted, a park was both a work of art and a necessity for urban life. Olmsted’s efforts to preserve nature created an “environmental ethic” decades before the environmental movement became a force in American politics. With gorgeous cinematography, and compelling commentary this film presents the biography of a man whose parks and preservation are an essential part of American life.”

This film will premiere tonight on the American television network PBS at 9PM ET. Check your local listings to see when it’s airing on your local PBS station. 

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  1. Is it only airing in select markets? Because I checked the schedule for my Local PBS station KERA in Dallas and it has no mention of it on the schedule tonight.

  2. Hi Matthew,

    Hmm. I’m not sure. If it’s not showing at your location, I still think you’ll be able to watch the film online after the premiere tonight. Here’s the link you should keep an eye on:…/frederick-law…/watch/watch-film/

  3. Thank, for the info.  I will look into that after tonight.  I tried calling the station to see if it was going to air at a different time but all I got was the answering machine.

  4. Just wanted to add that in addition to the website, the film can also be viewed on the PBS App or the PBS channel on Roku.For all those of  you in the Dallas – Fort Worth Area, it will be airing on the local PBS channel at 9:00 PM on August 8th.

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