Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Historical Film Documentary on the Western States Trail 
to Air on KVIE Public Television for the Central Valley and Sierra

The Western States Trail Foundation, sponsors of the world-renowned 100-Mile Tevis Cup Ride, is proud to announce the airing of They Crossed the Mountains: The History of the Western States Trail on the PBS member station KVIE on Wednesday, April 14 at 7pm, Friday, April 16 at 4pm and Sunday, April 18 at 6pm. With one of the largest geographic signals in the country, KVIE can be viewed in 28 California counties through its digital signal and 110 cable systems and satellite providers combined. The 30-minute documentary covers the usage and history of the famous Western States Trail by Native Americans to Gold Rush miners and by endurance horseback riders and runners - a history spanning thousands of years. This poignant documentary portrays a wide scope of history, from John Fremont's discovery of Lake Tahoe to firsthand stories about Indian relatives who traveled this path. Tales of brave pioneers, both historic and contemporary, punctuate the film. Several historians were interviewed, giving the documentary a richness and depth about the trail route that traverses the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Carson City, Nevada, via Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley to Auburn, California.

A portion of the documentary includes excerpts from a 1931 black-and-white silent film that features a group of Auburn men who traveled the trail on horseback, marking it along the way so that this original Emigrant Trail did not fade into the wilderness. The documentary also highlights a background of how the Tevis Cup 100 Mile Ride and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run evolved and became such integral parts of the trail's history.

The documentary's producer and director, Ginger Kathrens of Taurus Productions Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an Emmy award-winning producer, filmmaker, cinematographer, writer, and editor. Recently aired on PBS are her latest documentaries: "Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies" and "Cloud's Legacy: The Wild Stallion Returns." She has written two award-winning books about Cloud. Kathrens was also the co-producer and cinematographer of a two-hour special, "Spirits of the Rainforest," for The Discovery Channel, for which she earned an Emmy Award for Best Informational and Cultural Documentary. Other projects for Discovery include "The Ultimate Guide: Horses" and "The Ultimate Guide: Dogs," as well as producing segments for "Wild America" and filming for National Geographic and the BBC.

They Crossed the Mountains documentary was produced by the Western States Trail Foundation and was underwritten by the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, the Josephine Stedem Scripps Foundation, the Placer County Historical Foundation, and the Western States Endurance Run Foundation. DVD copies of the They Crossed the Mountains: The History of the Western States Trail may be purchased from the Western States Trail Foundation by visiting The website will also indicate when and where future showings of the documentary will occur.

This program is airing on KVIE as part of the station's "ViewFinder" series, which is underwritten by AT&T and SAFE Credit Union.

About KVIE Public Television: 
KVIE Public Television, located in the heart of California's Central Valley, inspires audiences and enriches their lives through engaging programs and educational services. Established in 1959, KVIE serves more than 1.4 million households in the nation's 20th largest television market. KVIE actively creates original local programming and is one of the leading producers of public television programming in the country. For more information about how to find your KVIE channel designation and to learn more, visit KVIE’s Web site at

Contact: Kate Riordan 530.333.2002 /

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