American Portrait | Central Illinois: Living Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

Premiered Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. on WILL-TV

Rebroadcast on Monday June 22 at 10 p.m.

 

How did your life change in March of 2020? Join WILL-TV for the premiere of the new documentary series American Portrait | Central Illinois: Living Through the COVID-19 Pandemic.  In this special edition of the PBS series, six Central Illinoisans document the emotional, social, economic and cultural impact of the Coronavirus on their lives from March to early June 2020.  Tune in Thursday June 18th at 7:30pm for this powerful half-hour documentary.

Participants:

Kia Southerland

Kia Southerland, Champaign Central High School class of 2020

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser, Pastor, Community United Church of Christ, Urbana

Marly Corado

Marly Corado, Manager, El Progreso Market

Cliff Mansfield

Cliff Mansfield, Oil Producer, Taylorville, IL

Angie Rouley

Angie Rouley, Owner, Bluefish, Elliot, IL

Ronald Baker and Gianina Taylor Baker

Ronald Baker, Nurse Anesthetist, Carle Hospital

 

Scenes from the Film:

Ronald Baker's sons paint bowls in an impromptu art class

Ronald Baker's sons paint bowls in an impromptu art class as they homeschool during the quarantine.

Cliff Mansfield surveys an oil well he shut down when the pandemic began

Cliff Mansfield surveys an oil well he shut down when the pandemic began.

Angie Rouley delivers Easter baskets to homes on Easter Sunday

Angie Rouley delivers Easter baskets to homes on Easter Sunday, 2020.

Kia Southerland participates in the Champaign Black Lives Matter protest in June 2020

Kia Southerland participates in the Champaign Black Lives Matter protest, June 2020.

Angie Rouley sits on her front porch during a thunderstorm.

Angie Rouley sits on her front porch during a thunderstorm.

Volunteers prepare food for Jubilee Cafe at Community United Church of Christ, Champaign.

Volunteers prepare food for Jubilee Cafe at Community United Church of Christ, Champaign.

Kia Southerland visits her dad in his home office during quarantine.

Kia Southerland visits her dad in his home office during quarantine.

Kia Southerland marches in the Black Lives Matter protest, early June.

Kia Southerland marches in the Black Lives Matter protest, early June.

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser and her daughter.

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser and her daughter.

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser and her daughter.

Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser and her daughter.

Marly Corado assists a customer at El Progreso Tienda y Carniceria.

Marly Corado assists a customer at El Progreso Tienda y Carniceria.

Ronald Baker on the job at Carle Hospital.

Ronald Baker on the job at Carle Hospital.