—Six-part documentary series retraces the footsteps of the
graduate student's final hours—
—Companion podcast What Happened to Holly Bartlett
investigates the case further—
TORONTO, March 5, 2019 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announces its newest series What Happened to Holly Bartlett, debuting Thursday, March 28, at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMI-tv.
Holly Bartlett, a 31-year-old Dalhousie University graduate student who was blind, was found unconscious under the MacKay Bridge in Halifax, Nova Scotia, early one morning in March of 2010. She died in hospital the next day from injuries identified as blunt force trauma, and hypothermia. While local authorities determined Holly's death was accidental—stating she simply became disoriented and fell—there remains several unanswered questions, compelling evidence, and many theories about how she may have died.
Each of the six episodes—hosted by orientation and mobility specialist Peter Parsons—include interviews with family, friends and subject matter experts. The series uses computer animation and dramatic recreations to explore the various theories about what may have happened. Watch the trailer here.
"Holly's death and the handling of the case greatly affected many of the blind and partially sighted community in Canada," says John Melville, Vice-President, Programming and Production, AMI-tv. "What Happened to Holly Bartlett not only explores the case in depth, it spotlights a sometimes under-represented community."
Additionally, the companion What Happened to Holly Bartlett podcast will be available on Apple iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher and other podcast catchers immediately following each new television episode. Hosted by investigative journalist Maggie Rahr, the podcast digs deeper into the inquiry and paints a full picture of Holly's life and the uncertainty surrounding her death.
"It has been nine years since Holly passed away and we hope to find the answers to the questions her family is asking," says Johanna Eliot, Executive Producer and President of Ocean Entertainment. "And we sincerely thank Holly's family for entrusting us with telling her story."
In keeping with AMI's mandate of making accessible media for all Canadians, What Happened to Holly Bartlett utilizes Integrated Described Video (IDV) to make episodes accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted.
Season one episodes of What Happened to Holly Bartlett air Thursdays at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMI-tv. The series can be watched post-broadcast on demand at AMI.ca or via the free AMI-tv App.
About Ocean Entertainment
Ocean Entertainment has been producing award-winning series and documentaries for over 20 years, from popular lifestyle shows to thrilling true crime and factual entertainment. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ocean's highly talented team has created projects like To Catch a Killer for OWN Network, The Candy Show for APTN, and Spice Goddess for Food Network. www.ocean.ca
AMI-tv is the world's first television network to broadcast all programs with open format described video for individuals who are blind or partially sighted and is broadcast daily into more than eight million Canadian homes as part of the basic digital cable package with most service providers. AMI-tv is committed to broadcasting a variety of content with a focus on accessibility and inclusion.
About Accessible Media Inc.
AMI is a not-for-profit media company that entertains, informs and empowers Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Operating three broadcast services, AMI-tv and AMI-audio in English and AMI-télé in French, AMI's vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. To learn more visit AMI.ca and AMItele.ca.
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