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"After the Bell: Inside the Maps Media Institute" on MontanaPBS Apr. 16

March 31, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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MontanaPBS presents "After the Bell: Inside the Maps Media Institute" on Saturday, April 16 at 5 p.m. The show repeats Sunday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.

What happens when you combine Hollywood movie and media professionals and Ravalli County high school students? You get the MAPS Media Institute. "After the Bell: Inside the MAPS Media Institute" is a behind-the-scenes look at one of Montana's most successful media production companies and its creative heartbeat of 14-18-year-old students.

MAPS students produce public service commercials, TV spots for fee-paying clients, documentaries and short dramatic films. They've even worked with Montana's first lady, Nancy Schweitzer. "After the Bell" is hosted by MAPS instructor, Ian Marquand.

Quality television has the power to elevate our understanding of the world, encourage respect for one another, and influence our lives in a positive way. MontanaPBS shares diverse stories; connects our citizens; discovers common ground; and celebrates the independent spirit and beauty of Montana.

MontanaPBS serves over 150 communities and can reach across the state via over-the-air signals, cable, DISH Network, DirecTV and online. MontanaPBS is comprised of KUSM-TV Bozeman and KUFM-TV Missoula, each a non-commercial educational licensee of Montana State University - Bozeman and The University of Montana - Missoula, respectively.

High-resolution photos to accompany this article may be downloaded at: http://montanapbs.org/AfterTheBellInsideTheMapsMediaInstitute/pressroom/

Aaron Pruitt at 406-994-5021 or aaron_pruitt@montanapbs.org