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13

Breaking the Curse program streaming online

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The Gracie Award winning PBS documentary is available to view here:

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Breaking the Curse with Daryn Kagan, a film by Brian Kosisky, has taken the 2008 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary – Long Format. The film aired on PBS stations across the U.S. in 2007, and was directed by Kosisky and co-produced and narrated by Daryn Kagan. Breaking the Curse was named among the recipients of the 33rd Annual Gracie Awards, which recognize exemplary programming created for women and about women.

Filmed on location in India and in the United States, Breaking the Curse explores the story of American Becky Douglas as she ventured from the suburbs of Atlanta to the streets of India in her fight for the health, education, and lives of people living with leprosy. Douglas’ goal of giving temporary care to people in leprosy colonies unfolds into an ambitious plan to build schools, offer complete health care and education, and eventually eliminate the need of these colonies in India.

This film is the very first television documentary Kosisky and Kagan have collaborated on since they left CNN, where Kosisky most recently served as a senior news producer, and Kagan served as a news anchor and correspondent.  Kosisky and Kagan’s next project, SOLAR TOWN USA, is a film about the legacy of America’s very first solar town, and the remarkable story of how one American town survived a series of devastating flood which led to the creation of the very first solar village in the United States.

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Former CNN anchor Daryn Kagan’s well received documentary film by Producers Brian and Joy Kosisky for Kos Films begins its HDTV/DTV run in 80% of PBS markets. Brian Kosisky, the former CNN senior news producer, is an up and coming filmmaker who utilizes high definition digital filmmaking to create compelling content with a focus on telling each story with maximum emotional impact. This film marks Daryn Kagan’s return to presenting news on television since she left CNN in late 2006 after 12 years to create the award winning www.DarynKagan.com, an online inspirational community that features a daily Web cast of news stories that, “Show the World What’s Possible.” DarynKagan.com has become a daily destination for thousands of Internet users who seek hopeful news stories that inspire.


Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) September 17, 2007 — “Breaking the Curse with Daryn Kagan”, a news documentary by executive producer Brian Kosisky for Kos Films is now available in both High-Definition and Digital formats exclusively to PBS viewers across the U.S. Daryn Kagan, former CNN anchor and reporter, and creator and host of the award winning DarynKagan.com serves as co-producer and narrator of the film.

PBS Stations to present the film tonight during Prime Time include WNET in New York; WYIN in Chicago; WYBE in Philadelphia; KQED in San Francisco; WGBH in Boston; and WETA in Washington, D.C.; WTVS in Detroit; KAET in Phoenix; KCTS in Seattle; KABW in Minneapolis; WVIZ in Cleveland; KRMA in Denver; KETC in St. Louis; WQED in Pittsburgh; KOPB in Portland; and WFYI in Indianapolis.


The film’s website,
www.breakingtheCurse.tv provides a complete schedule of all run dates and stations where the documentary will air, as well as excerpts from the film.

Filmed on location in India, among other countries, Breaking the Curse with Daryn Kagan explores the story of American wife and mother Becky Douglas, as she ventures from the suburbs of Atlanta to the streets of India in her fight for the health, education, and lives of people living with leprosy after the sudden death of her daughter. Along the way, Douglas collaborates with the grown daughter of a former Indian president, and her goal of giving temporary care to people in leprosy colonies unfolds into an ambitious plan to build schools, offer complete health care and education, and eventually eliminate the need of these colonies in India.

“Becky Douglas’ story is one of hope, and I’m thrilled PBS viewers will have the opportunity to watch “Breaking the Curse” in HDTV this month,” said Kosisky.

KOS FILMS, LLC is a private production company formed by filmmaker Brian Kosisky who utilizes high definition digital filmmaking to create compelling content with a focus on telling each story with maximum emotional impact. Kosisky’s national Emmy, DuPont and Peabody Award-winning team of journalists produce programming for national television networks, focusing on hour-long documentaries. His most recent film, Breaking the Curse with Daryn Kagan, is currently airing on PBS stations across the country. Before creating KOS FILMS, Kosisky served as a senior producer and news editor for CNN, where he produced and edited feature stories and numerous special projects for the network. Seen by millions of television viewers in more than 212 countries and territories around the world, Kosisky’s work has captured some of the most important and compelling news events of the last decade. Before joining CNN, Kosisky’s work spanned from producing news documentaries, to commercials for national advertisers, to editing and supervising post-production for national cable and broadcast television programs on networks, including HGTV and the Travel Channel.

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