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Epic ‘Art of War’ Series to be Produced in Rare Chinese-Japanese-U.S. Collaboration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Friday, 13 September 2013 07:50

Michel Shane, executive producer of Catch Me If You Can and I, Robot, has forged an unusual collaborative alliance with the Chinese government, artists, investors, and Japan’s Genco Inc. and Flamingo Features to produce an epic television series based on The Art of War by Sun Tzu.

Filming will commence July 14 in historical locations throughout China under the direction of Executive Producer Hu Mei (Confucius), one of that nation’s leading filmmakers.

“This will be the first time The Art of War has ever been done in the West as a film or TV series, and it’s unique in that the complete series is being shot in China,” Shane says.

Adds Taro Maki, founder of Genco Inc., a Japanese studio best known for its anime productions: “Our full-fledged multinational collaboration stems from a mutual respect for Sun Tzu and his masterpiece. Here is an undefeated general whose lessons remain as important today as they were 2,500 years ago. We want to honor his story and share his wisdom.”

Sun Tzu, considered the greatest military commander in history, penned The Art of War around 525 B.C. It is one of history’s most enduring texts and today is required reading in the curricula of military, business, economic and political science classes around the globe.

The series will cover the life of Sun Tzu, his contemporaries and their exploits, and explore the events that may have provided the foundation for lessons shared in The Art of War. Following the timeline of the final war between Wu and Ch’u, each episode will take the viewer farther across the battlefields of ancient China as Sun Tzu leads his outnumbered army to victory after victory. The life stories of Sun Tzu and those who influenced him will interspersed in the form of memories.

The Municipal People’s Government in China has created a government board to oversee production matters, and each episode will be directed by various internationally acclaimed directors.

“This marks a new day,” Maki says. “We’re entering an era of true co-production, which holds tremendously exciting potential from many perspectives -- cultural, economic and political.”

About Michel Shane: Michel Shane is a filmmaker, producer and co-founder of Hand Picked Films. He’s best known as the executive producer of “Catch Me If You Can” and “I, Robot,” along with his business partner Anthony Romano. One of motion pictures' premier independent producers, he specializes in financial structuring and feature film development. In recent years, he has worked with Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Will Smith, among others.

About Tari Maki: Tari Maki is president of Genco, Inc., a Japanese anime production studio established in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan. Genco has produced more than 100 titles of animation TV series and films including Sword Art Online, Elfen Lied and Tokyo Godfathers. From financing, studio booking to merchandising, Genco provides a wide range of production service for audiovisual projects.

About Flamingo Features: Flamingo Features has played a crucial financial and creative role in nearly 100 film, television and documentary projects throughout Asia. Flamingo Features manages content distribution rights for video on demand (VOD) and multi-media platforms to more than 70 million subscribers in Latin America and Japan. The company manages an active International Film Fund of nearly $1 billion dollars.

We are interested in your opinion. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rock Island Public Library   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:54

The Rock Island Library has partnered with the University of Illinois Extension on an opinion survey to learn how we can better serve you as residents of the Quad Cities region. The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of how the public accesses library services, determine what services are of interest, and understand public perception about our organization.

If you've previously taken a City of Rock Island survey, please note that this is a separate study, one that focuses on library questions and perceptions only. We would appreciate a few minutes of your time on these questions as well.

Individual survey responses are anonymous and confidential and will be viewed only by University of Illinois Extension staff. Results of the survey will be available to you. Please complete the survey by  Oct. 5, 2013.

To complete the survey online,copy and paste this link into your web browser: visit our website, and click on the Rock Island Public Library Opinion Survey link.

If you prefer to take a paper copy of the survey, it is attached to this newsletter email.  Please print the survey, fill it out and  return it in a sealed envelope to any of  the dropboxes at  our three library locations (Main, 30/31 and Southwest Branches.)  You may also pick-up a blank copy of the survey at our Information Desks.

Thanks for letting us know what you think! Angela Campbell, Rock Island Library Director

Survey development funded by Rock Island Community Foundation.

This newsletter will bring you up to date with new services, events and people at your Rock Island Public Library. Want to know more? Check out our online calendar or pick up a printed monthly calendar at Rock Island Libraries.

Library Lines Fall 2013 (PDF)

WVIK's Signature Series launches this Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by QCSO   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 15:06

Thanks to an extensive new partnership with WVIK-Augustana Public Radio, this season's Signature Series has expanded to five concerts. Each concert is to be performed in Augustana College's Wallenberg Hall and rebroadcast on WVIK the following Sunday.


Tickets for these concerts can be purchased online at, at 563.322.QCSO (7276), or at the door.


Sunday, September 15, at 3:00 p.m.

Rachmaninoff Sonata for Piano and Cello
Saeunn Thorsteindottir, cello; Benjamin Loeb, piano

Sunday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by The Planning Center
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist

Sunday, January 26, at 3:00 p.m.
Mozart Woodwind Quintet
Christine Bellomy, clarinet; Benjamin Coelho, basson;
Mary Neil, piano; Andrew Parker, oboe; Marc Zyla, horn

Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Amadeus Trio
Sponsored by Wheelan-Pressly Family of Funeral Homes
Quad City Arts Visiting Artist

Sunday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
Bartok Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Naha Greenholtz, violin
Kyle Knox, clarinet
Benjamin Loeb, piano

Mark your calendars for American Graduate Day 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:20

“American Graduate Day 2013,” Live National Multiplatform Event to Keep Students on the Path to Graduation,

Premieres September 28 on WQPT

Featuring local and national programming, community partners, and celebrities focused on solutions to the nation’s high school dropout crisis

Local Broadcast to Showcase WQPT’s Efforts to Address the Needs of At-Risk Kids

MOLINE, IL -- "American Graduate Day 2013" will premiere live at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 on WQPT, marking a long-term commitment to helping communities tackle the nation’s dropout crisis and preparing students for success with a high school diploma. Through the power and reach of public media, communities across the county will be invited to take an active role and become an “American Graduate Champion for local youth by volunteering their time, talent, or other resources.

"American Graduate Day 2013," a multi-platform event featuring local and national programming, community partners and celebrities focused on improving the high school graduation rates in America, will be broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. "American Graduate Day" is part of the public media initiative, "American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen,"made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). WQPT will spotlight local organizations and individuals and the work they are doing in the community to help students graduate from high school.

The key component of the event is the participation of the community-based organizations, including such groups as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Horizons National and the United Way.


“'American Graduate Day 2013' offers WQPT the opportunity to build upon our work with the United Way and Achieve Quad Cities.  We want to keep the spotlight on the drop-out crisis and all of the ways we can help to turn it around,” said Mary Pruess, General Manager.

American Graduate Day 2013 features a seven-hour “call to action” marathon focused around critical themes: expanded learning time and after-school programs, early education, mentoring, career readiness and college completion, STEM programs, family support and drop-out re-engagement and prevention. Hosted by on-air personalities from PBS, WNET and other media organizations, the broadcast and online event will be divided into 14 half-hour blocks featuring a mix of live breaks and pre-taped partner segments showing how community organizations provide support, advice, and intervention services to at-risk students, families, and schools. Within each of these half-hour blocks, WQPT will customize the national feed with a locally-produced live or pre-taped seven-minute segment.

On, the event will include live viewer-generated video content submitted in response to questions such as “How has your life changed, or been changed by the power of volunteering?”

Throughout the day, viewers and online users will be invited to become American Graduate Champions by connecting with WQPT and the featured local community organizations. Viewers will be encouraged to participate in the event by asking questions and sharing ideas before and during the broadcast on Twitter using the hashtag #AmGrad and on Facebook. Those interested in becoming an American Graduate Champion can also call the toll-free number on the day of broadcast or log on to to find out more about the national and regional organizations.

Visit the "American Graduate Day" at for more information.


About WQPT

WQPT is celebrating 30 years as the local PBS station for eastern Iowa and western Illinois.  WQPT is the media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is helping local communities identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate demonstrates public media’s commitment to education and its deep roots in every community it serves. Beyond providing programming that educates, informs and inspires, public radio and television stations — locally owned and operated — are an important resource in helping to address critical issues, such as the dropout rate. In addition to national programming, more than 75 public radio and television stations in 33 states have launched on-the-ground efforts working with community and at risk youth to keep students on-track to high school graduation. More than 1000 partnerships have been formed locally through American Graduate, and CPB is working with Alma and Colin Powell’s America’s Promise Alliance and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

WQPT Ambassadors win national award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:18



MOLINE, IL – The WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have been selected to receive the Grassroots Advocacy Award for 2013 from the National Friends of Public Broadcasting (NFPB). A part of the mission of NFPB is to showcase outstanding public broadcasting volunteers, volunteer-led programs, and volunteer program managers from across the nation.

The WQPT-PBS Ambassadors, which is in its ninth year, is a student-oriented program focused on community outreach efforts, as well as fundraising support. The 2013 ambassadors are from Western Illinois University, Augustana College, Black Hawk College, Monmouth College, St. Ambrose University, University of Northern Iowa and St. Francis College of Nursing.

“We understand the importance of being active in our community, but sometimes that can be difficult with a small staff,” said Bea Brasel, WQPT special projects coordinator. “We rely on our student ambassadors to represent WQPT in the community to help build reading, science and math skills through our programming. We are delighted that our WQPT-PBS Ambassadors have received this national honor.”

The ambassadors will be honored at a ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront campus.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.


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