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Sandburg film to air Monday; Bonesteel donates interviews

Paul Bonesteel is shown filming at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. (National Park Service photo) Paul Bonesteel is shown filming at the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. (National Park Service photo)

"The Day Carl Sandburg Died," the documentary by Flat Rock native Paul Bonesteel on the poet who lived the last 22 years of his life at Connemara, will be broadcast nationally next week.

The one-hour film will air at 10 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, on the PBS series "American Masters."
The son of Pete and Georgia Bonesteel, the nationally recognized quilter from Flat Rock, Paul Bonesteel has been busy promoting the film. He will be interviewed on the Bob Edwards Show (on Sirius XM and public radio) this Friday and Saturday and on North Carolina Now on UNC-TV and featured as "Person of the Week" on WLOS-TV on Friday.
"The Bonesteel team is excited to witness the culmination of years of hard work," Bonesteel Films said on its website. "The ultimate goal since the beginning of this journey, more than seven years ago, has been to have the opportunity to tell Sandburg's story to a national audience."

Bonesteel Films had donated a large collection of video interviews Bonesteel taped in the course of researching his Sandburg film, including interviews of folk singer Pete Seeger, author Studs Terkel and Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven. The interviews will be housed in perpetuity in the Museum Preservation Center at the national historic site.

"Sandburg is a such a fascinating and complex person, and as often happens in documentary filmmaking, an amazing amount of materials we gathered for the film was not able to be included in it, but can be valuable but can be valuable in furture study of his life and times. I'm thrilled that these interviews are part of the Carl Sandburg home NHS archives and accessible to people."

Added park superintendent Connie Backlund: "This special addition to the museum archives will be available to researchers and park staff as a resource for further understanding and appreciation of Carl Sandburg's contributions to the American public."
The film company also announced that DVDs of the show, including "never before seen cast interviews and special features," are now on sale for $24.99 through PBS.