Jul 16, 2001: A PBS Special Scheduled to Air Soon


WASHINGTON, DC (July 16)—The Flea Market at Eastern Market was among ten markets chosen for filming of A FLEA MARKET DOCUMENTARY, which will air soon on PBS stations around the country, Flea Market Manager Tom Rall announced today.

“I am extremely pleased that the documentary’s producers have chosen our market for inclusion in the special,” said Rall, who has managed and promoted the Sunday flea for nearly 20 years in conjunction with Market 5 Gallery, a nonprofit arts organization at Eastern Market, the historic Capitol Hill food market which has been in operation since 1873.

“Inclusion in A FLEA MARKET DOCUMENTARY should celebrate the urban cultural diversity we have encouraged at the Sunday Flea Market,” Rall said. “We believe our market is one of the best in the world and appreciate that PBS has recognized us along with some of the other great flea markets in the United States. We’re much smaller than the others in numbers of exhibitors, so the quality of our merchants must stand out.”

WQED Pittsburgh’s Rick Sebak, who shot at the Eastern Market flea last July, produced the program. “Whenever I’m in Washington on a weekend, I go to The Flea Market at Eastern Market on Sunday,” said Sebak, who has produced several other PBS specials on American life.

Noting that the DC Government is attempting to evict Market 5 Gallery from management of the outdoor market under a law passed recently, Rall said, “I hate to be forced out of my life’s work, but at least I’ll have another nice memory” if the eviction is upheld by courts. “Unfortunately, it appears I’ll lose all of the considerable investment of time and money I’ve put into development of the market,” he lamented.

A FLEA MARKET DOCUMENTARY is scheduled to premier on PBS Monday, July 30 at 9:00 p.m. reported Associate Producer Minette Seate. In the DC area, it will run initially as scheduled on WETA, Channel 26. It will first be aired on Saturday, August 4 at 3:30 p.m. by WMPT, Channel 22.

For more information, contact: Rall, 703-534-7612 (marketflea@aol.com) or Seate, 412-622-1585. On the web, information about the market is found at easternmarket.net