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"A Dozen More Turns" on MontanaPBS' Terra, July 23

July 7, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS' Terra presents "A Dozen More Turns" on July 23 at 11:30 p.m.

"A Dozen More Turns" is a 30-minute documentary of the Jan. 1, 2005 avalanche in the Centennial Mountains that caught five experienced backcountry skiers, killing one and taking the leg of another. The skier killed, Blake Morstad, had earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Montana State University and extensively studied avalanche dynamics. He left behind a wife and, at the time, his unborn son.

An interview with Sam Kavanagh provides the bulk of the film. Kavanagh lost his leg in the avalanche and has since made teaching about avalanche education a priority. He is an MSU alum and civil engineer in Bozeman, and a top contender on the U.S. Paralympic Cycling Team.

The film was the first for Amber Seyler, now a graduate of MSU's Science and Natural History Filmmaking program. Seyler intended to make a science film about snow and avalanches until she met Kavanagh and heard his story.

Terra is a science and natural history series that presents stories that speak to the relationship between human civilization and the planet. An accessible and thought-provoking series, Terra offers a window to the natural world by exploring frontiers of research, examining applications of science, and celebrating diversity in our natural environment.

Produced in conjunction with the graduate program in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University and Filmmakers for Conservation Ltd. Terra provides independent filmmakers and students a venue in which to present their own perspectives on ecological and environmental topics.

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or