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Media Log: U.S. History and American Studies

June 1, 2012 | By Public Programs Staff

U.S. History and American Studies


The Adams Chronicles

Dramatic Series

This series of thirteen one-hour dramas weaves together the lives of four generations of the Adams family with events that shaped American history. Spanning the years 1750 to 1900, it is based on 300,000 pages of letters, diaries, and journals written by various members of the family.

Program 1
John Adams: Lawyer (1758–70)
This program features John Adams’ experiences as a young lawyer, his courting of Abigail Smith, and his emergence as a voice against unjust practices imposed by the British crown.

Program 2
John Adams: Revolutionary (1770–76)
While John Adams serves as a delegate to Philadelphia’s second Continental Congress and signs the Declaration of Independence, Abigail is left alone with the young children to tend the family farm in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Program 3
John Adams: Diplomat (1776–83)
John Adams undertakes several diplomatic missions during the Revolutionary War, including negotiations with Lord Howe, commander of the British forces, and an appointment as Commissioner to France.

Program 4
John Adams: Minister to Great Britain (1784–87)
John Adams faces many problems in negotiating trade agreements with Great Britain. A brief visit from Thomas Jefferson results in their first disagreement over constitutional issues.

Program 5
John Adams: Vice-President (1788–96)
John Adams suffers eight years of frustration as vice-president under George Washington before election to the presidency, when he inherits a cabinet loyal to Hamilton.

Program 6
John Adams: President (1797–1801)
John Adams faces a new crisis with France, the futility of peace missions, and public sentiment over the XYZ Affair urging him to declare war on France. Jefferson defeats him in the election of 1800.

Program 7
John Quincy Adams: Diplomat (1809–15)
John Quincy Adams serves as Minister to Russia, and heads the peace commission that negotiates the Treaty of Ghent, before becoming the second Adams to serve as Minister to Great Britain.

Program 8
John Quincy Adams: Secretary of State (1817–25)
As Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams drafts the Transcontinental Treaty with Spain and proposes a course in international relations later known as the Monroe Doctrine. He becomes President in 1824.

Program 9
John Quincy Adams: President (1825–29)
John Quincy Adams faces growing opposition from states’ rightists throughout his presidency, and loses the election of 1828 to Andrew Jackson.

Program 10
John Quincy Adams: Congressman (1830–48)
Despite objections from his family, John Quincy Adams serves in the U.S. House of Representatives until his death in 1848.

Program 11
Charles Francis Adams: Minister to Great Britain (1861–63)
Charles Francis Adams, son of John Quincy, is able to keep the British from recognizing the Confederacy while serving as Minister to Great Britain.

Program 12
Henry Adams: Historian (1870–85)
The sons of Charles Francis Adams, Henry and Charles Francis II, pursue separate careers to fulfill their postwar vision of a reunited and revitalized America.

Program 13
Charles Francis Adams II: Industrialist (1886–93)
Charles Francis Adams II enjoys many triumphs as president of the Union Pacific Railroad but ultimately loses the battle for its control to Jay Gould. Like his brother Henry, he is dismayed by the nation’s changing values in the industrial society.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WNET/13, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1976
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jac Venza
SERIES PRODUCER: Virginia Kassel
COORDINATING PRODUCER: Robert Costello
PRODUCERS: James Cellan Jones, Fred Coe, Robert Costello, Jac Venza, Paul Bogart
DIRECTORS: Paul Bogart, James Cellan Jones, Fred Coe, Barry Davis, Bill Glenn, Anthony Page
WRITERS: Jerome Coopersmith, Ian Hunter, Tad Mosel, Jacqueline Babbin, Sherman Yellan, Allan Sloane, Anne Howard Bailey, Sam Hall, Roger Hirson, Corinne Jacker, Millard Lampell, Philip Reisman, Jr.
STORY CONSULTANT: Jacqueline Babbin
CAST: George Grizzard, John Houseman, Kathryn Walker, Nancy Marchand, William Daniels, Stephen Austin, John Wylie, Albert Stratton, Robert Snively, Charles Siebert, James Broderick, Peter Brandon, Nancy Coleman, Helen Stenborg, George Hearn, Harris Yulin, Stephen Joyce, Roberta Maxwell, Keene Curtis, Robert Prosky, David Birney, John Beal

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Four Emmy awards, eleven Emmy nominations, 1976;sixteen Emmy nominations, 1977; George Foster Peabody Award; Virgin Islands International Film Festival, First Prize, Television Category; Ohio State Bicentennial Award

PRINT MATERIAL: Teacher, Viewer, and Study Guides no longer available

FORMAT: 16mm
13 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Indiana University, Audio-Visual Center


Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson

Dramatic Radio Series

Based on their correspondence, this nine-part series presents the life-long personal and political relationship between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Adams-Jefferson Project of Carleton College, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Michael P. Zuckert, Ruth Weiner, Charles Umbanhowe
DIRECTOR: Karl Schmidt
EDITOR: Marv Nonn
NARRATOR: Carol Cowan
CAST: James Lawless, John Lewin, Denise DuMaurier, Richard Riehle, Claudia Wilkins

PRINT MATERIAL: Study Guide available

FORMAT: Audiocassette
9 (30:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Adams-Jefferson Project of Carleton College


The Afircan Americans Many Rivers to Cross

Documentary

Noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates Jr. Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture, and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WNET, New York, NY

YEAR PRODUCED: 2013

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Henry Louis Gates Jr., Dyllan McGee, Peter Kunhardt, Julie Anderson

PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Sabin Streeter, Jamila Wignot, Phil Bertelsen, Leslie Asako Gladsjo, Jamila Wignot

WRITER: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Graham Smith

EDITORS: Nancy Novak, Kim Mille, Paula Heredia

NARRATOR: Henry Louis Gates Jr.       

PRINT MATERIAL: WNET

FORMAT:  6-one hour segments

DISTRIBUTOR: WNET


Africans In America

Documentary Radio Series

Based on the television series of the same name, the radio program is rooted in the history of slavery and its impact on Americans, black and white, in the struggle to forge a new nation. The themes of freedom, national identity, inclusion/exclusion, leadership and resistance, and sense of personal worth are one which are still being grappled with. The series takes a hard look at our shared history and links current events to their historical roots in a way that informs and enriches the national discussion of what it means to be an American.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBH Radio Boston, MA, and National Public Radio, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1998
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert Lyons

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: The segment on “Science and Race” by NPR’s Frank Browning won the CPB Gold Medal 1998.

FORMAT: varied
DISTRIBUTOR: National Public Radio


Alexander Hamilton

Documentary

Alexander Hamilton is the story of America’s most controversial Founding Father, a gifted statesman who laid the groundwork for America’s modern economy and whose short life had more than its share of heroism, scandal, and tragedy.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, MN
YEAR PRODUCED: 2007
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Catherine Allan, Twin Cities Public Television, and Mark Samels, American Experience
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Muffie Meyer
WRITER: Ronald Blumer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Hurwitz
EDITOR: Jerry Lakso
NARRATOR: Colm Feore
CAST: Mary Bacon, Samuel Barnett, Gerald Bamman, Lauren Bloom, John Curless, Michael Cumpsty, Richard Easton, Peter Gerety, Daniel Gerroll, Neal Huff, Neil McGarry, Julia Morrison, Brian Murray, Mark Nelson, Denis O’Hare, Kelli O’Hara, Jamie Parker, Brandon Reilly, Bridget Regan, Marc Solomon, Henry Strozier, Michael Stuhlbarg

FORMAT: Video/DVD Approx. 2 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


America and Lewis Hine

Documentary

This film examines the life and times of America’s pioneer social photographer Lewis Hine (1874–1940), who documented the story of European immigrants in early industrial America.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Daedalus Productions, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Loxton
COPRODUCERS: Nina Rosenblum, Daniel V. Allentuck
DIRECTOR: Nina Rosenblum
WRITERS: Daniel V. Allentuck, John Crowley, L.S. Block
EDITORS: Lora Hays, Gerald Donlan
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Walker, Robert Aachs, Kobi Kobiashi
NARRATION: Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; U.S. Film Festival, Special Jury Prize; CINE Golden Eagle; Baltimore Film Festival, First Prize; National Educational Film and Video Festival, First Prize; Columbus (OH) International Film Festival, Chris Statuette; International Documentary Association, Exceptional Creative Achievement; Booklist, Nonprint Editor’s Choice (American Library Association)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Cinema Guild, Inc.


America Lost and Found

Documentary

America Lost and Found is a portrait of Americans as they experienced the Great Depression.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Media Study Inc., Buffalo, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1980
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Lance Bird, Tom Johnson
WRITERS: Lance Bird, John Crowley
EDITOR: Kate Hirson
NARRATOR: Pat Hingle

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


American Dream

Documentary

American Dream examines the Hormel meatpacking plant strike in Austin, Minnesota, in the mid-1980s and its impact on the union, community, and individuals.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Cabin Creek Center for Work and Environmental Studies, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990
PRODUCERS: Barbara Kopple, Arthur Cohn
 

DIRECTOR: Barbara Kopple
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Gilbert, Kevin Keating, Hart Perry, Mark Petersson, Mathieu Roberts
EDITORS: Tom Haneke, Lawrence Silk, Cathy Caplan
MUSIC: Michael Small

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature; Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award, and Filmmakers Trophy; San Francisco Film Festival, Golden Gate Award, Current Events Category; American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; Baltimore Film Competition, Governor’s Citation; New York Film Festival, premiere; U.S.A. (Dallas) Film Festival; AFI/L.A. Film Festival; Cleveland International Film Festival

FORMAT: 35mm, 16mm, Video

DISTRIBUTOR: Cabin Creek Center for Work and Environmental Studies


American Experience: The Abolitionists

Documentary

Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union. Men and women, black and white, Northerners and Southerners, poor and wealthy, these passionate antislavery activists fought body and soul in the most important civil rights crusade in American history. What began as a pacifist movement fueled by persuasion and prayer became a fiery and furious struggle that forever changed the nation. Bringing to life the intertwined stories of Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimké, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown, The Abolitionists takes place during some of the most violent and contentious decades in American history, amid white-hot religious passions that set souls on fire and bitter debates over the meaning of the Constitution and the nature of race. The documentary reveals how the movement shaped history by exposing the fatal flaw of a republic founded on liberty for some and bondage for others, setting the nation on a collision course. In the face of personal risks—beatings, imprisonment, even death—abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the civil rights groundwork for the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are with us still.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Apograph Productions, Brooklyn, NY, and WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2012

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mark Samels, Sharon Grimberg

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Rob Rapley

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tim Cragg

EDITORS: John Chimples, Aljernon Tunsil

NARRATOR: Oliver Platt

CAST: Richard Brooks, Neal Huff, Jeanine Serralles, Kate Lyn Sheil, T. Ryder Smith                                                    

FORMAT: DVD (3 hours)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


American Experience: Death and the Civil War

Documentary

With the coming of the Civil War, and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before—permanently altering the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people. Contending with death on an unprecedented scale posed challenges for which there were no ready answers when the war began. Americans worked to improvise new solutions, new institutions, and new ways of coping with death on an unimaginable scale.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2012
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCERS: Robin Espinola, Bonnie Lafave, Ric Burns
WRITER: Ric Burns
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Stephen McCarthy, Allen Moore
EDITORS: Lewis Erskine, Aljernon Tunsil
NARRATOR: Oliver Platt

PRINT MATERIALS: Program transcript and teachers guides available on the website www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/death

FORMAT: DVD 118 minutes
DISTRIBUTORS: PBS


American Icons on Studio 360

Radio Documentary Series

Autobiography of Malcolm X

When Malcolm X was assassinated at 39, his book nearly died with him.  Today, The Autobiography of Malcolm X stands as a milestone in America’s struggle with race. The autobiography is also a Horatio Alger tale, following a man’s journey from poverty to crime to militancy to wisdom. Muslims look to Malcolm as a figure of tolerance; a tea party activist claims him for the Right; and Public Enemy’s Chuck D tells us, “This book is like food. It ain’t McDonalds – it’s sit down at the table and say grace.”

I Love Lucy

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy was a bad girl trapped in the life of a ‘50s housewife; her slapstick quest for fame and fortune ended in abject failure weekly. Both the antics and the humiliation entered the DNA of television comedy, from “Desperate Housewives” to “30 Rock” – writers can’t live without Lucy. Rapper Mellow Man Ace celebrates the breaking of an ethnic taboo; a drag performer celebrates Lucy as a freak. With novelist Oscar Hijuelos, producer Chuck Lorre, “The Office’s” Mindy Kaling, and a marriage counselor who has some advice for the bickering couple.

Monticello

Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States; he designed Monticello to the fraction of an inch and never stopped changing it. Yet Monticello was also a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson’s own children. Today his white and black descendants still battle over who can be buried at Monticello. With Stephen Colbert, filmmaker James Ivory, and artist Maira Kalman.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

He was the most famous American in the world – a showman and spin artist who parlayed a buffalo-hunting gig into an entertainment empire. William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences who had only read about the West in dime novels. He offered Indians a life off the reservation – reenacting their own defeat. “Deadwood” producer David Milch explains why the myth of the West still resonates; a Sioux actor at a Paris theme park loves playing Sitting Bull; and a financial executive impersonates Buffalo Bill, with his wife as Annie Oakley.

This Land Is Your Land

All of America sings it at school and summer camp; Bruce Springsteen sang it at President Obama’s inauguration. Yet Woody Guthrie’s song was once called anti-American, even Communist.  Pete Seeger explains how Guthrie wrote it as a response to “God Bless America"; soul singer Sharon Jones tells us what the song means to her as a descendant of slaves. Leftist, environmentalist, nationalist, or patriotic – “This Land” allows everyone to sing it their way.

Harley-Davidson

With a look that suggests industrial might, a backstory of garage ingenuity, and a roar so distinctive the company tried to trademark it – Harley-Davidsons are the American motorcycle. Veteran public radio producer Jay Allison, a longtime biker, heads to Laconia Bike Week to find the source of the mystique. Diehard riders (including a biker church deacon), scholars, and a Davidson family member explain how the Harley image yokes patriotism together with outlaw rebelliousness.

The House of Mirth

Lily Bart is a smart single woman, a beauty in demand on the party circuit.  But Lily is nearing thirty, and struggling to manage money, friendships, and romance.  In “The House of Mirth,” Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed. This is not television, and it doesn’t end happily. Candace Bushnell, who wrote “Sex and the City,” explains why she vowed “never to end up like Lily Bart.”  Wharton scholars and film director Terence Davies explain why the tragedy feels so contemporary.

Georgia O'Keeffe's Skull Paintings

“The men were all talking about the great American novel, the great American play...the great American everything,” said Georgia O’Keeffe, who fled the East Coast art world for New Mexico. “So I thought . . . I’ll make it an American painting.” O’Keeffe painted cow and deer skulls floating over delicate abstract landscapes of the New Mexico desert. An art historian, a tour guide, and an interior designer explain the appeal of the skulls; a retiree tells how their magnetism drew her to settle in the Southwest.

Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner

Hendrix’s performance of the national anthem at Woodstock hit like a shock wave; with its distortion and chaos, it sounded like a rupture in something sacred. Two music scholars and two rock guitarists put together the pieces. “It’s like the zeitgeist had vomited up this thing,” says musician Vernon Reid. Using a whammy bar and a fuzz box, Hendrix captured the sound of bombs falling overseas and screaming protestors.  “I didn’t think it was unorthodox,” Hendrix said. “I thought it was beautiful.”

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
HOST/NARRATOR: Kurt Andersen
SENIOR EDITOR: David Krasnow
SENIOR PRODUCER: Leital Molad
PRODUCERS: Eric Molinsky (“Buffalo Bill’s Wild West”), Leital Molad (“Buffalo Bill’s Wild West”), Amanda Aronczyk (“Monticello”), Jenny Lawton (“I Love Lucy”), Derek John (“The Autobiography of Malcolm X”), Pejk Malinovski (“This Land Is Your Land”)
REPORTERS: Jay Allison (“Harley-Davidson”), Trey Kay (“Dixie”), David Krasnow (“The Star-Spangled Banner”), Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler (“Georgia O'Keeffe's skull paintings”), Michele Siegel (“The House of Mirth”)
ADDITIONAL REPORTING/PRODUCTION: Ann Heppermann (“Monticello”), Megan Verlee and Sarah Elzas (“Buffalo Bill’s Wild West”), Chloe Plaunt and Claes Andreasson (“I Love Lucy”)
EDITOR (features): Emily Botein
WEB EDITOR: Michael Guerriero
ORIGINAL MUSIC: Tara Key (“The Star-Spangled Banner”), Aaron Siegel (“Georgia O’Keeffe’s Skull Paintings”)
VOICEOVER: David Strahairn (“Monticello”), Dion Graham (“The Autobiography of Malcolm X”), Anne Marie Nest (“The House of Mirth”)

PRINT MATERIALS: Website:  http://www.studio360.org/series/american-icons/

FORMAT: Audio Four (4) hour-long programs and five (5) feature segments averaging 15 minutes each
DISTRIBUTOR: PRI


American Tongues

Documentary

American Tongues examines attitudes toward regional, social, and ethnic variations in American speech and how those attitudes reflect larger cultural issues.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for New American Media, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrew Kolker, Louis Alvarez
COPRODUCERS/CODIRECTORS/COWRITERS: Andrew Kolker, Louis Alvarez
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andrew Kolker
EDITORS: Andrew Kolker, Louis Alvarez, John Purcell
NARRATOR: Polly Holliday

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: George Foster Peabody Journalism Award; CINE Golden Eagle; American Film and Video Festival, Finalist; The Margaret Mead Film Festival; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple

PRINT MATERIAL: Study Guide and brochure available

FORMAT: Video (two versions, 56:00 and 40:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


Anarchism in America

Documentary

This film explores the history of anarchism in the United States.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Pacific Street Film Projects, Inc., Brooklyn, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Joel Sucher, Steven Fischler
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR: Elizabeth Garfield
EDITOR: Krishna Boden

AWARD: Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Cinema Guild, Inc.


Ancestors in the Americas

Documentary

Part 1
Coolies, Sailors, Settlers: Voyage to a New World, 17th to 19th Centuries describes the astonishing untold story of how Asians-Filipinos, Chinese and Asian Indians-first arrived in the Americas before the American Revolutionary War. Sweeping across oceans and centuries of time—from 16th-century Spanish galleons sailing the Manila to Acapulco trade route, to the Opium Wars, to 19th-century Chinese and Indian coolie laborers who were shipped to plantations in South America and the Caribbean as replacements for freed black slaves in the colonies of the Americas. This film explains why today there are Chinese Cubans and Indo-Guyanese in New York and ten generations of Filipinos in Louisiana.

Part 2
Chinese in the Frontier West: An American Story 1849 to 1880s explores the arrival of Chinese in Gold Rush 1850s California and their ventures into the Frontier West from Oregon and Washington to Idaho and Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. Laboring, reclaiming land, and building communities while pursuing cases before the US courts for justice and equality, they set legal precedents and left a legacy of civil rights for all Americans.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Educational Telecommunications, Berkeley, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: Part 1: 1996 and Part 2: 1998
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Loni Ding
NARRATORS: Sab Shimono, Pat Morita
EDITORS: Eric Ladenburg, Sean Thomas, Ken Schneider
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kyle Kibbe, May Ying Welsh
VOICES: Wood Moy, Wei Ye Ou, Crystal Huie, Terry Chow, Rex Navarrete, Oscar Penaranda, Ved Vatuk, Tejinder Kaur, Usha Jain, Robert Ernst, Hawlan Ng, Alan Lau

PRINTED MATERIALS: Publicity packets. CET brochures are also available, via email to loniding@voxproductions.org. For classroom and viewer guides visit the websites http://www.cetel.org/ and www.pbs.org/ancestorsintheamericas.

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Part 2: National Educational Media Network - Silver Apple Award; Parts 1 & 2: American Library Association Booklist Editor’s Choice

FORMAT: VHS 120 minutes
DISTRIBUTOR: Center for Educational Telecommunications


....And the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth

Documentary

This film follows the efforts of Native Americans to maintain control of the land in Menominee County, Wisconsin, the only Indian-governed county in the nation.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: NET (National Educational Television), New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1971
PRODUCER/WRITER: Ann Delaney
NARRATOR: E. G. Marshall

FORMAT: 16mm (59:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Indiana University, Audio-Visual Center


Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil and the Presidency

Documentary

This film biography of America’s seventh president explores whether Andrew Jackson is a president Americans should celebrate or apologize for. We discover how Jackson fought in the Revolutionary War when he was just thirteen—then used what he learned to kill a man over a gambling debt; how Jackson led the American army to the most surprising victory in its history in the Battle of New Orleans—but also launched an unauthorized invasion of Florida; how Jackson was the first great champion of the common white man—but also “owned” over a hundred black Americans; how Jackson dramatically expanded the United States—by brutally wresting vast regions of the south from Native Americans; how Jackson, in one of the boldest political strokes in history, founded the Democratic Party—and yet was viewed by his enemies as an American Napoleon. The film concludes with the words of Jackson’s first biographer, “Andrew Jackson was a patriot, and a traitor. He was the greatest of generals, and wholly ignorant of the art of war. He was the most candid of men, and capable of the profoundest dissimulation. He was a democratic autocrat, an urbane savage, an atrocious saint.”

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: KCET, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2007
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Carl Byker
PRODUCER/WRITER: Carl Byker
DIRECTORS: Carl Byker, Mitch Wilson
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mitch Wilson
EDITOR: Richard Kassebaum
NARRATOR: Martin Sheen
CAST: Brain Dennehy, Marion Ross, Eric Stoltz, Blair Brown, David Ogden Stiers

PRINT MATERIALS: Press release

FORMAT: Video/DVD (2 hours)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


Annie Oakley

Documentary

Annie Oakley personified the vanished Old West for millions of Americans—but she more accurately represents her nation in the years when she was a great star, from the mid-1880s through the early 1900s. The United States in the late Victorian age was a country caught between the disappearing frontier and the emerging machine age. Americans were full of nostalgia for the past, particularly the Wild West. But they lived in a country where twentieth-century technology was roaring in—a country that was home to a movement crusading for women’s rights and other progressive causes. Oakley was a star sharpshooter of the Wild West Shows, which were the most popular form of live entertainment in the United States in the last quarter of the nineteenth-century. Many Americans in her day believed that the Old West had been the most “American” place—eliminating distinctions of wealth, fostering honesty, courage, hard work, and self-sufficiency. In a time of massive immigration, industrialization, overcrowding and rampant disease in Eastern cities, the Wild West Shows flourished because they were a way of looking backward. Most people have seen Oakley as either a determined feminist or the woman who gave up everything to stand by her man, like the fictionalized version of her in the musical Annie Get Your Gun. But the real Annie Oakley was more complicated. She was a superb athlete and consummate entertainer, yet strove always to be seen as a genteel Victorian lady. She advocated increased independence for women—yet was a staunch opponent of women’s suffrage. Today many believe that Annie Oakley is a mythical character. Her real life was entirely overshadowed by the legend. Annie Oakley now reveals the authentic Annie Oakley—a genuinely complicated person whose many contradictions mirrored her times.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American Experience/WGBH
YEAR PRODUCED: 2006
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Riva Freifeld
WRITER: Ken Chowder
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Joel Shapiro, Boyd Estus, Robert Elfstrom, Michael Chin, John Chater
EDITOR: David Espar
NARRATOR: Laura Linney

PRINT MATERIALS: American Experience/WGBH

FORMAT: Video and DVD 60 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH


Apache Mountain Spirits

Drama

Apache Mountain Spirits weaves an ancient legend with a modern story to illustrate the role of the mythical Apache holy figures known as the Gaan. The actors are all members of the tribe.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Silvercloud Video Productions, Inc., Tucson, AZ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCER: John Crouch
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Jennie Crouch
DIRECTOR: Bob Graham
EDITORS: Tim Clark, John Crouch
WRITERS: Joy Harjo, Henry Greenberg

FORMAT: Video (59:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Silvercloud Video Productions, Inc.


A. Philip Randolph

Documentary

This film biography analyzes the impact of Asa Philip Randolph’s leadership and accomplishments—from his youth in Florida, through his formative years in New York to his contributions in the labor and civil rights movements.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WETA-TV, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Tamara E. Robinson
DIRECTOR: Dante James
WRITERS: Juan Williams, Dante James
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Chin
EDITOR: Catherine Shields
NARRATOR: Lynne Thigpen

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: The “Chris” Awards; Columbus International Film & Video Festival—Bronze Plaque; The New York Festival—Bronze Medal, August 1996; National Black Programmers Consortium—Best Historical Documentary

PRINT MATERIAL: Press kit

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: California Newsreel


Arguing the World

Documentary

Arguing the World traces the diverging political paths of four New York intellectuals: Irving Howe, Irving Kristol, Nathan Glazer, and Daniel Bell. The film explores their intertwined lives from their childhoods in New York’s Jewish immigrant neighborhoods to their years as radicals at the City College of New York, their controversial role in the McCarthy years, their clash with the New Left, and their sharp disagreements over the rise of Ronald Reagan.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Riverside Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Arnold Labaton
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Joseph Dorman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Barrin Bonet
EDITOR: Jonathan Oppenheim
NARRATOR: Alan Rosenberg

AWARDS: George Foster Peabody Award

PRINT MATERIAL: Arguing the World : The New York Intellectuals in Their Own Words by Joseph Dorman

FORMAT: Video (60:50)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run Features


BackStory with the American History Guys

Documentary Radio

Public radio’s contemporary take on American history, BackStory with the American History Guys is a national, weekly one-hour show and podcast—a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. BackStory brings historical perspective to daily events, moving from today’s headlines to drill down into U.S. history in an engaging and accessible way. Each week the American History Guys—Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh—plumb the connections between present and past, spanning three centuries of American history. They offer lively, non-partisan conversation, a surprising exploration of ideas and events, and their continuing impact on us. The Guys deliver smart, deeply informed talk on such wide-ranging topics as the history of marriage, extreme weather, birthing, time, home ownership, apocalyptic thinking, college sports, alcohol, the post office, the War of 1812, emigration, American exceptionalism, and the Mississippi river, among many others. Brian, Ed, and Peter trade ideas with guest experts, debate each other, present features that delve into the little-known past, and talk with listeners who call in. The result: Fresh and inviting radio that has the easy style of a stimulating chat with your brightest friends around the kitchen table.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

YEAR PRODUCED: 2013

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Andrew Wyndham

SENIOR PRODCTOR: Tony Field

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS:  Jess Engebretson, Eric Mennel, Nina Earnest

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Jamal Millner

ASSISTANT PRODUCER/RESEARCH: Emily Charnock

PRODUCTION SUPPORT:  Chioke Ianson, Jesse Dukes

INTERN: Mary Caple                                              

HOST NARRATORS: Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh

PRINT MATERIAL: Fliers and promotional cards, available from VFH     

FORMAT: Radio 54:00 mins (plus 5-minute news hole)

DISTRIBUTOR: Public Radio Exchange, PRX’s SubAuto, and by the Content Depot of the Public Radio Satellite System. The program is available as a podcast through iTunes and the BackStory web site, backstoryradio.org, and can also be downloaded from SoundCloud.


The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

Drama

This film is based on the true story of a Mexican farmer in Texas in 1901 who, through a faulty translation from Spanish to English, is accused of a robbery he did not commit.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
PRODUCER: Moctezuma Esparza, Michael Hausman
DIRECTOR: Robert Young
WRITER: Victor Villasenor (from the book With a Pistol in His Hand by Americo Paredes)
EDITORS: John Bertucci, Arthur Coburn
MUSIC: W. Michael Lewis, Edward James Olmos
CAST: Edward James Olmos, Tom Bower, James Gammon, Pepe Serna, Rosanna DeSoto

FESTIVALS: Santa Fe Film Festival; Telluride Film Festival; Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: available in video stores or contact Moctezuma Esparza


Baseball

Documentary Series

This history of America’s “national pastime” examines the sport in the context of such issues as race, gender, the immigrant experience, urban, rural, and popular culture, and the meaning of leisure.

Program 1
Our Game
1st Inning, 1840s to 1900, traces baseball’s rise, in one generation, from a gentlemen’s hobby to a national sport played and watched by millions. Featured are Albert Goodwill Spalding, the first baseball magnate; the game’s first gambling scandal; the first attempts by women to play the game; and the first black professionals, who were hounded out of the game.

Program 2
Something Like a War
2nd Inning, 1900 to 1910, presents some of the most fascinating individuals ever to play the game: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and John McGraw.

Program 3
The Faith of Fifty Million People
3rd Inning, 1910 to 1920, features the Black Sox scandal, in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox took money from gamblers to throw the World Series in 1919.

Program 4
A National Heirloom
4th Inning, 1920 to 1930, focuses on Babe Ruth, the Baltimore saloon-keeper’s son who became the best-known baseball player in American history.

Program 5
Shadow Ball
5th Inning, 1930 to 1940, covers baseball’s desperate attempts to survive the Great Depression; the parallel world of the Negro Leagues; Babe Ruth’s fading career; the rise of a new generation of stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams; and the Negro League World Series game that pitted Satchel Paige against Josh Gibson.

Program 6
The National Pastime
6th Inning, 1940 to 1950, begins with the 1941 season: Joe DiMaggio hits in fifty-six straight games; Ted Williams hits .400; and the Brooklyn Dodgers win their first pennant in twenty years. When World War II intervenes, baseball’s best players become soldiers, and on April 15, 1947, baseball is integrated, when Jackie Robinson takes the field.

Program 7
The Capital of Baseball
7th Inning, 1950 to 1960, examines the heyday of New York City baseball, where for ten straight years a local team always played in the World Series and almost always won. In 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers finally win their first World Series, only to be moved by their owner to a new city 3,000 miles away.

Program 8
A Whole New Ball Game
8th Inning, 1960 to 1970, unfolds against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s, when many question the game’s relevance. Highlights include Bill Mazeroski’s last inning home run that wins the 1960 World Series; the breaking of Babe Ruth’s home run record by Roger Maris; and the first successful attempt by baseball players to organize into a union.

Program 9
Home
9th Inning, 1970 to present, covers the most recent history of baseball and explores the future of the game, including the rising influence of television and free agency.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WETA, Washington, DC and Florentine Films, Walpole, NH
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
PRODUCERS: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
DIRECTOR: Ken Burns
WRITERS: Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns
SUPERVISING FILM EDITOR: Paul Barnes
EDITORS: Paul Barnes, Yaffa Lerea, Tricia Reidy, Michael Levine, Rikk Desgres
COORDINATING PRODUCERS: Bruce Alfred and Mike Hill
NARRATOR: John Chancellor
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Ken Burns, Allen Moore
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: David Schaye, Susanna Steisel
CONSULTING PRODUCER: Stephen Ives
SENIOR CREATIVE CONSULTANT: John Thorn
PRODUCER MANAGER: Camilla Rockwell
VOICES: Adam Arkin, Mike Barnicle, Philip Bosco, Keith Carradine, David Caruso, Wendy Conquest, John Cusack, Ossie Davis, Loren Dean, Ed Harris, Julie Harris, John Hartford, Gregory Hines, Anthony Hopkins, Derek Jacobi, Gene Jones, Garrison Keillor, Alan King, Stephen Lang, Al Lewis, Delroy Lindo, Charley McDowell, Amy Madigan, Michael Moriarty, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neil, Gregory Peck, George Plimpton, Jody Powell, Aidan Quinn, Latanya Richardson, Jason Robards, Paul Roebling, Jerry Stiller, Studs Terkel, John Turturro, Eli Wallach, M. Emmet Walsh, Tom Wicker, Paul Winfield

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: CINE Golden Eagle; Telluride Film Festival; New York Festival Competition, Gold Medal; Parents’ Choice Award; Best of the Year lists in Time, People, and TV Guide; Emmy, Best Information Series; Clarion Award

PRINT MATERIALS: Companion book, Baseball: An illustrated History, by Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns (Knopf, 1994); Teacher’s Guide and classroom materials; three children’s books, Twenty Five Great Moments by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns with S.A. Kramer; Shadow Ball: The History of the Negro League by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns with Jim O’Connor; Who Invented the Game? by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns with Paul Robert Walker (all Knopf, 1994); book on tape (read by Ken Burns); music soundtrack (CD and tape); etc.

FORMAT: Video, 9 programs (from 107 to 151 minutes each)

DISTRIBUTORS:

  PBS Video

  BMG Direct


Benjamin Franklin

Documentary Series

Benjamin Franklin traces Franklin’s epic life from humble beginnings to fame as a scientist, founding father, and America’s first diplomat to France.

Episode 1
Let the Experiment Be Made (1706–53)
From obscure beginnings as a printer’s apprentice, Franklin quickly rises to prominence as a leading publisher, businessman, and civic booster in Philadelphia. His discoveries in the new science of electricity help free the world from superstition and propel Franklin onto the world stage.

Episode 2
The Making of a Revolutionary (1755–76)
America’s most celebrated citizen moves to London and finds himself in the middle of a growing dispute between England and the colonies, a dispute that turns this loyal subject of the British empire into a revolutionary and causes a tragic break with his own son.

Episode 3
The Chess Master (1776–90)
Franklin embarks on the most important mission of his long life, as America’s first ambassador to France to help save the floundering American Revolution. After the war, he becomes the only Founding Father to actively campaign against slavery and plays a critical role in the Constitutional Convention that will form the basis of a new nation.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: TPT/Twin Cities Public Television in association with Middlemarch Films, Inc.
YEARS PRODUCED: 2001-2002
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Catherine Allan
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE OF PRODUCTION: Gerald Richman
LINE PRODUCER: Charles Darby
WRITER: Ronald Blumer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Hurwitz
EDITORS: Eric Davies, Donna Marino, Sharon Sachs
NARRATOR: Colm Feore
LEAD ACTOR: Richard Easton
MUSIC: Richard Einhorn
SCHOLARS: Ellen Cohn, Tom Fleming, Roy Goodman, Jack P. Greene, John Heilbron, E. Philip Krider, J. A. Leo Lemay, Ralph Lerner, Claude-Anne Lopez, Pauline Maier, David Taft Morgan, Jr., Gordon Wood, Michael Zuckert

PRINT MATERIAL: Educational materials available online at www.pbs.org/benfranklin

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Primetime Emmy Award; The Film Council of Greater Columbus

FORMAT: Video and DVD
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Benjamin Latrobe: America’s First Architect

Documentary

Benjamin Latrobe: America’s First Architect chronicles the life and work of early American architect Benjamin Latrobe and his lasting design impact on his country. Latrobe, who lived from 1764 to 1820, is well known for his work on the central portions of the Baltimore Basilica, the first Catholic Church built in the United States, and his design for the White House porticos. His influence on the nation’s capital also included serving as the chief surveyor for the Washington Canal; designing St. John’s Episcopal Church, Decatur House, and the main gate of the Washington Navy Yard; and consulting on the construction of the Washington Bridge across the Potomac River. Latrobe’s tumultuous life was a series of creative triumphs, personal tragedies and constant re-invention. Benjamin Latrobe: America’s First Architect explores his story from the early years in England, immigration to the young Republic, and then his work on major constructions. The production features extensive computer generated animation, interviews with architects and historians, and visits to the sites of Latrobe’s work.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WETA, Arlington, VA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dalton Delan, David S. Thompson, Peter Kunhardt, Dyllan McGee
PRODUCERS: Sabin Streeter, Michael Epstein
DIRECTOR: Michael Epstein
WRITERS: Paul Goldberger, Sabin Streeter
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Chin, Michael Epstein
EDITOR: Ed Barteski, Jr.
HOST: Paul Goldberger

FORMAT: Video/DVD (60:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Best of Families

Dramatic Series

This eight-part series presents the lives of three fictional families, each typifying a different social, ethnic, and economic segment of New York City in the 1880s and 1890s.

Program 1
Generations
In 1880, each family suffers financial setbacks when the failure of the Reading Railroad causes an economic crisis.

Program 2
The Bridge
When the Brooklyn Bridge is completed and opened in 1883, the three families respond with varying degrees of optimism and skepticism to this symbol of emerging technology.

Program 3
The Election—Patronage or Paradise
The families have various encounters with city politics through connections with Tammany Hall and in the 1886 mayoral election campaign of Teddy Roosevelt.

Program 4
Ambition
In 1890, the paths of the families cross when the prominent banker Teddy Wheeler decides to pursue philanthropy to make his bank better known.

Program 5
A Chill to the Bones
The deepening recession of 1893 finds the lives of the three families converging at Morton House, the first settlement house for the poor.

Program 6
The Great Trolley Battle
Two brothers take opposite sides in a violent trolley strike in 1895.

Program 7
New Times
On New Year’s Eve, 1899, the families reflect on their lives and unrealized dreams and look toward the approaching century with renewed hope.

Program 8
January 17, 1977
In this final episode, twentieth-century descendants of the original three families confront situations similar to those faced by members of their families in the late nineteenth century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Children’s Television Workshop, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1977
SERIES CREATOR: Naomi Foner
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ethel Winant
PRODUCER: Gareth Davies
SERIES HEAD WRITER: Corinne Jacker
CAST: Guy Boyd, William Carden, Frederick Coffin, Alice Drummond, George Ede, Jill Eikenberry, Peter Evans, Clarence Felder, Pauline Flanagan, Victor Garber, Sean Griffin, George Hearn, William Hurt, Suzanne Lederer, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Julia McKenzie, Milo O’Shea, Lisa Pelikan, William Prince, Josef Sommer, Sigourney Weaver

FORMAT: Video
Program 1 (110:00), Programs 2-8 (59:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Indiana University, Audio-Visual Center


Bill of Rights Radio Project

Documentary Radio Series

Each program in this fifteen-part series examines the legal, historical, and social context of a contemporary public policy issue rooted in the Bill of Rights.

Program 1
Gun Control and the Second Amendment: Interpretations and Misinterpretations

Program 2
Pressure Groups, Censorship, and the First Amendment

Program 3
Of God, Land, and Nation: Native American Land Claims and the Bill of Rights

Program 4
Neutral against God: Prayer in Public Schools

Program 5
And Throw Away the Key: The Eighth Amendment and Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Program 6
Public Libraries and the First Amendment

Program 7
The Birds, the Bees, and the Constitution: Sex Education in the Public Schools

Program 8
The Politics of the Original Sin: Entrapment, Temptation, and the Constitution

Program 9
He went and Preached unto the Spirits in Prison: Freedom of Religion in American Penal Institutions

Program 10
Abortion: A Matter of Life and Death

Program 11
Open Secrets: Technological Transfer, National Security, and the First Amendment

Program 12
Cults and the Constitution: Who’s Abusing Whom?

Program 13
Television on Trial: Cameras in the Courts

Program 14
Without Due Process: Prejudice in the Application of Constitutional Rights of Citizens and Non-Citizens

Program 15
Crazy and/or Guilty as Charged: Constitutional Aspects of the Insanity Plea and Diminished Capacity Defenses

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Bill of Rights Educational Radio Project, Berkeley, CA
YEARS PRODUCED: 1982–84
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Adi Gevins

AWARDS: Corporation for Public Broadcasting, First Place, Best Documentary (Program 2); CPB, First Place, Best Documentary (Program10); CPB, Second Place, Best Documentary (Program 14); San Francisco State University, School of Broadcast Communications Award, (the series); National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Golden Reel Award (the series); NFCB, First Place Award (for the 3-minute module programs) CPB, First Place Award (Bicentennial edition of the series)

FORMAT: Audiocassette
15 (30:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Pacifica Program Service/Radio Archive


Bond of Iron

Drama

Through a point-counterpoint dialogue, Bond of Iron depicts the relationship between a master and slave at a Virginia ironworks foundry prior to the Civil War.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: South Carolina Educational Television Network, Columbia, SC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1979
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Peter Anderson, John G. Sproat
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: William Peters
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Patricia Curtice
CAST: Brock Peters, Darren McGavin

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: South Carolina Educational Television Marketing


Brooklyn Bridge

Documentary

This film focuses on the struggle to construct the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883 and on its transformation into a symbol of American strength, ingenuity, and promise.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Department of Records and Information, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Ken Burns
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ken Burns, Buddy Squires
EDITOR/WRITER: Amy Stechler
RESEARCHER: Thomas Lewis
NARRATOR: David McCullough
READINGS: Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller, Kurt Vonnegut, David McCullough, and others

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Academy Award nomination, Best Documentary Feature; CINE Golden Eagle; American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; Selected for MOMA/New Directors; FILMEX (Los Angeles); Chicago International Film Festival, Certificate of Merit; Christopher Award; Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award (for outstanding historical documentary); Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy, Special Mention

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (two versions, 58:00 and 39:00; the shorter version focuses on the history and building of the bridge)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

Documentary

Long before Martin Luther King, Jr., became a national figure Bayard Rustin routinely put his body—and his life—on the line as a crusader for racial and economic justice. Rustin’s commitment to pacifism and his visionary advocacy of Gandhian nonviolence made him a civil rights pioneer in the 1940s and an important advisor to King in the 50s and 60s. In 1963, Rustin brought his unique skills to the crowning glory of his civil rights career: his work organizing the historic March on Washington, the biggest protest America had ever witnessed. But in the fiercely homophobic era of the 40s and 50s, Rustin was also seen as a political liability. As an openly gay man, he was frequently shunned by the very civil rights movement he helped create. Brother Outsider chronicles Rustin’s complex 60-year career as an activist for peace, racial and economic justice, and international human rights.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Question Why Films, LLC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2003
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Sam Pollard
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Nancy Kates, Bennett Singer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Shepard
EDITORS: Veronica Selver, Rhonda Collins
NARRATOR: Erik Todd Dellums

PRINT MATERIALS: Press kit available from Question Why Films; classroom guide available at http://www.rustin.org/ and from the distributor

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance Film Festival 2003; Audience Award for Best Feature, New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2003; Audience Award in Documentary: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Indianapolis Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals, 2003; Documentary Award, Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2003, Documentary First Prize, Rhode Island Film Festival 2003; Best Documentary Feature, Cinequest Film Festival 2003; Documentary Award, Athens International Film Festival 2003

FORMAT: Video 84:00 mins.
DISTRIBUTOR: California Newsreel


Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud

Documentary

Thinking Out Loud is a feature-length film about the chief engineer and navigator of Spaceship Earth, R. Buckminster Fuller. He was one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished, innovative, and controversial thinkers. To many he was a genius, to some he was a crackpot. To most he was both.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Simon & Goodman Picture Company, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires
EDITOR: Sara Fishro
NARRATOR: Morley Safer
INTERVIEWS: John Cage, Arthur Penn, Philip Johnson, Merce Cunningham, Paul Goldberger, Al Hirschfeld, Schuyler Chapin, Spalding Gray, George C. Scott, E.G. Marshall, Mike Wallace, Marian Seldes, Tony Roberts, Ellen Burstyn, Griffin Dunne, Morley Safer, Robert Sean Leonard, Robert McNeil, Kate Burton, Philip Bosco

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance Film Festival; DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton Award for Independent Programming; Emmy Award Nomination; Festival Du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal; Sydney Film Festival

PRINT MATERIAL/WEBSITE: www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/fuller_b.html

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Zeitgeist Films, Ltd.


Buffalo Social History Project

Documentary Radio Series

Through oral histories, music, dramatic readings, and commentary, this twelve-part series presents changing patterns in the social and cultural life of a Great Lakes city from 1825 through the 1970s.

Program 1
Buffalo 100 Years Ago
features accounts of everyday life in Buffalo 100 years ago through newspaper advertisements, features, and editorials.

Program 2
Immigration
relates the experiences of mid-nineteenth-century Irish, turn-of-the-century Polish, and contemporary Puerto Rican immigrants.

Program 3
Working Life
describes the work expectations and personal experiences of members of the Buffalo community over three generations.

Program 4
Compulsory Education
examines the development and maintenance of compulsory public education from 1874 to the 1930s.

Program 5
Land and Property
looks at the social and financial value of land in the city of Buffalo.

Program 6
Social Welfare
focuses on the problems of poverty in relation to democratic ideals of social and political equality.

Program 7
Parkside Neighborhood
profiles one of the city’s residential neighborhoods from 1880 to the present.

Program 8
Erie Canal
features literary descriptions of canal boat travel, as well as information on the techniques of canal building in England and America during the early nineteenth century.

Program 9
Labor and Capital
examines the history of industrialization, unionism, and the free market economy in Buffalo.

Program 10
Opportunity and Education
explores issues of pluralism and bilingualism in nineteenth and twentieth-century public schools.

Program 11
Catholic Culture
probes Catholicism as the religion of many of Buffalo’s immigrants.

Program 12
Pan American Exposition
presents information on two local legends with national import: the Pan American Exposition of 1901 and the Larkin Company’s mail order emporium (1876–1941), a distributor of household goods that collapsed during the Great Depression.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WBFO-FM, Buffalo, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1977
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Jo Blatti

FORMAT: Audiocassette
12 magazine-format radio programs (2 to 3 hours)

DISTRIBUTOR: Pacifica Program Service/Radio Archive (ask for NFCB 5555-NFCB 5583)


The Case of the Legless Veteran

Documentary

This film documents the McCarthy era defense campaign of James Kutcher, a World War II veteran fired from his job at the Veterans Administration in 1948 for his socialist beliefs.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Howard Petrick
EDITOR: Kenji Yamamoto
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ashley James

FORMAT: 16mm (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Mass Productions


The Civil War

Documentary Series

This nine-part series examines the history and meaning of the American Civil War, from its complex causes and the daily life of soldiers to its impact on the nation’s political and social life.

Program 1
1861: A 90-Day War
begins with an examination of slavery and the causes of the war, then traces the events that led to the firing on Fort Sumter and the rush to arms on both sides, and concludes with the first Battle of Bull Run.

Program 2
1862: A Very Bloody Affair
explains how Lincoln’s war to preserve the Union is transformed into a war to emancipate the slaves.

Program 3
1862: Forever Free
shows how as 1862 wears on, it marks a difficult year for the Union, leading up to the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day of the war, and the emancipation of the slaves.

Program 4
1863: Simply Murder
considers Northern opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation, the miseries of regimental life, the increasing desperation of the Confederate homefront, Lee’s brilliant victory at Chancellorsville, and Grant’s futile attempts to take Vicksburg by siege.

Program 5
1863: The Universe of Battle
opens with an account of the Battle of Gettysburg, and goes on to describe the fall of Vicksburg, the New York draft riots, the first use of black troops, and Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

Program 6
1864: Valley of the Shadow of Death
opens with a biographical comparison of Grant and Lee, recounts the battles that pitted the two generals against each other, traces Sherman’s Atlanta campaign, and explores the ghastly medical practices in both North and South.

Program 7
1864: Most Hallowed Ground
considers how Union victories in Mobile Bay, Atlanta, and the Shenandoah Valley tilt the 1864 election toward Lincoln, and the Confederacy’s last hope for independence dies.

Program 8
1865: War is All Hell
traces the decline of the Confederacy from Sherman’s March to the sea through Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

Program 9
The Better Angels of Our Nature
recounts Lincoln’s assassination and the final days of the war, closing with a look at how the Civil War transformed the country.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WETA, Washington, DC, and Florentine Films, Walpole, NH
YEARS PRODUCED: 1986-1990
PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Ric Burns
DIRECTOR: Ken Burns
WRITERS: Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, with Ken Burns
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ken Burns, Buddy Squire, Allen Moore
EDITORS Paul Barnes, Bruce Shaw, Tricia Reidy
COORDINATING PRODUCER: Catherine Eisele
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/POST PRODUCTION: Lynn Novick
COPRODUCERS: Stephen Ives, Julie Dunfey, Mike Hill
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Camilla Rockwell, Susanna Steisel
NARRATOR: David McCullough
ON-CAMERA INTERVIEWS: Shelby Foote, Barbara J. Fields, William Safire, Ed Bearss, and others
VOICES: Sam Waterson, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Morgan Freeman, Garrison Keillor, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur Miller, Studs Terkel, Colleen Dewhurst, Charley McDowell, Jody Powell, George Plimpton, Philip Bosco, Horton Foote, and others

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: George Foster Peabody Award; The Lincoln Prize, Lincoln and Soldiers Institute, Gettysburg College, PA; The People’s Choice Award, America’s Favorite Miniseries; Television Producer of the Year Award, Producers Guild of America, Documentary Category; Christopher Award; CINE Golden Eagle; Telluride Film Festival; Museum of Broadcasting, Special Honor; National Board of Review, D.W. Griffith Award for Best Television Miniseries; Dartmouth College Film Award; Civil War Round Table, Bell I. Wiley Award; Clarion Award; National Emmy (two); Angel Award, Best TV Miniseries of the Year; Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting Award, National Education Association; National Educational Film & Video Festival, Silver Apple; American Film & Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Awards, Silver Baton, Independent Television Productions; British Academy of Film and Television, Best Foreign Television Show; Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Nonmusical Album; Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album

PRINT MATERIAL: Educational materials (Teacher’s Guide, etc.) available from Tel-Ed, Inc., 7449 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

FORMAT: Video
Programs 1, 5 (90:00); programs 2,3,4,6,7,8,9 (60:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

  PBS Video

  Time-Life Video (home video)

  PBS Adult Learning Service (telecourse)


The Color of Honor

Documentary

The Color of Honor documents Japanese-American experiences during World War II by examining the internment of American citizens of Japanese ancestry, the distinguished record of Japanese-American combat soldiers in the liberation of France and Italy, and the role that 6,000 Japanese-Americans played in the Asian-Pacific theater as part of the U.S. Military Intelligence Service.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Center for Educational Telecommunications Inc., and Vox Productions, San Francisco, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Loni Ding
EDITORS: Loni Ding, Steve Kuever
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tomas Tucker, Michael Chin
NARRATOR: Loni Ding

SPECIAL SCREENINGS: Smithsonian Institution; U.S. Congress

FORMAT: Video (101:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Vox Productions


Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians

Documentary

Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of Edward Curtis (1868–1952), a complicated, passionate, self-educated pioneer and visionary artist who rose from poverty and obscurity to become the most famous photographer of his time. He became friends with Teddy Roosevelt, obtained funding from J.P. Morgan, and set out in 1900 to photograph traditional Indian ways that he thought were vanishing. Curtis abandoned his career as a successful portrait photographer to create an astonishing body of work: 10,000 recordings, twenty volumes of text, a full length motion picture with Kwakiutl people, and 40,000 photographers. The film includes contemporary interviews with Indian people revealing how Curtis worked with their parents and grandparents in a collaborative effort to preserve traditional life that was disappearing.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Anne Makepeace Productions, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Anne Makepeace, Susan Lacy
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Anne Makepeace
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Uta Briesewitz, Jennifer Lane, Emiko Omori
EDITOR: Jennifer Chinlund
NARRATOR: Sheila Tousey
CAST: Bill Pullman

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: 2000 Academy Award for Feature Documentary Finalist; John O’Connor Award for Best Film, the American Historical Association; Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Festival; CINE Golden Eagle; Berkeley Film and Video Festival Best Historical Documentary; Newport Beach Film Festival Audience Award, Best Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2000; Best Documentary, Telluride Mountain Film; Saguaro Film Festival International 2000 Best Documentary; Hardacre Film Festival Best Documentary; New Jersey Film Festival Best Documentary; Houston WorldFest Special Jury Award, Vermont International Film Festival Best Environmental Film; Aspen FilmFest Audience Favorite; American Indian Film Festival, International Film Festivals in Munich, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Nashville, Florida, New Zealand, Hawaii, Northampton, New Orleans, Cork (Ireland)

PRINT MATERIALS: Press kit, MPRM

FORMAT: Video (85:00)
DISTRIBUTORS: Bullfrog Films and CS Associates


Coney Island

Documentary

This film explores the history and meaning of Coney Island from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Coney Island Film Project and City Lore, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
PRODUCERS: Ric Burns, Buddy Squires
DIRECTOR: Ric Burns
WRITER: Richard Snow
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Allen Moore
EDITOR: Paul Barnes
NARRATOR: Philip Bosco
READINGS: Andrei Codrescu, Vincent Gardenia, Judd Hirch, Nathan Lane, John Mahoney, Jerry Orbach, George Plimpton, Lois Smith, Frances Sternhagen, Eli Wallach

AWARDS: Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Hugo; Sundance Film Festival; CINE Golden Eagle; Time Magazine, “Best of 1991 Television”; Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (two versions, 67:00 and 52:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (video, 67:00 only)

Direct Cinema Limited (16mm and video, 67:00 and 52:00)


Constitution USA with Peter Sagal

Documentary Series

The documentary takes viewers on a fast-paced, surprising journey across the nation to examine the 4,418 words — and 27 amendments — that made America. Over the course of the four hour series, Sagal, host of NPR’s popular Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, travels via motorcycle — from Tyler, Texas, to Missoula, Montana; from Cranston, Rhode Island, to Berkeley, California — to find out what the Constitution means in the 21st century, how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart. Sagal meets with ordinary Americans who are struggling with constitutional issues such as affirmative action, same-sex marriage, voting rights, and free speech.  Sagal also talks to prominent journalists, legal scholars, and historians, including Akhil Reed Amar and Richard Beeman, to find what the Constitution says, the dramatic historical events and crises that have defined it, and why all this matters.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, MN

YEAR PRODUCED: 2013

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Catherine Allan

PRODUCER: Amanda Pollak

WRITERS: Jaime Bernanke, Peter Sagal

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires

EDITORS: Omry Maoz, Jim Isler, David Teague

NARRATOR: Peter Sagal

PRINT MATERIAL: http://www.pbs.org/tpt/constitution-usa-peter-sagal/classroom/

FORMAT: DVD (4 hours)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS, www.pbsdwholesale.org


Constitutional Journal

Radio Series (Documentary and Drama)

In 122 three-minute programs, this series recounts the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 from the vantage point of a reporter on the convention floor at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It also includes dramatizations of the remarks of Washington, Franklin, Madison, and other delegates.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Radio America, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: James C. Roberts
PRODUCER: Marc A. Lipsitz
WRITER/NARRATOR: Jeffrey St. John
CAST: Phil Nicolaides, Jim Parisi, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Jim Kelly

PRINT MATERIAL: Book version available through Jameson Books, Ottawa, IL

FORMAT: Audiocassette
6 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Radio America


Contrary Warriors: A Story of the Crow Tribe

Documentary

Contrary Warriors tells the story of the Crow people of southwestern Montana, focusing on the leadership of 97-year-old Robert Summers Yellowtail, who began his career in 1910 defending Crow lands, rights, and tribal authority in the halls of Congress.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Rattlesnake Productions, Missoula, MT
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
PRODUCERS: Connie Poten, Pamela Roberts, Beth Ferris
WRITERS: Connie Poten, Beth Ferris
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stephen Lighthill
EDITOR: Jennifer Chinlund
NARRATOR: Peter Coyote

AWARD: American Film and Video Festival, John Grierson Award

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


A Country Auction

Documentary

A Country Auction examines how an estate sale in rural Pennsylvania reveals the personal, social, and economic pressures on a family and a community dealing with death.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Visual Communication, Philadelphia, PA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Robert Aibel, Ben Levin, Chris Musello, Jay Ruby
EDITOR: Ben Levin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Ott

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Pennsylvania State University, Audio Visual Services


Craven Street

Dramatic Radio Series

This five-part series dramatizes Benjamin Franklin’s last six years as a colonial agent in London (1770-1775), and his attempts to prevent the American Revolution.

Program 1
After the Boston Massacre, Franklin agrees to represent the radical colony of Massachusetts Bay.

Program 2
Franklin comes upon stolen letters from the royal governor of Massachusetts urging “an abridgement of British liberty” in America.

Program 3
Franklin’s involvement with the stolen letters causes a furor and leads to a duel.

Program 4
The Boston Tea Party increases Franklin’s difficulties with the British government.

Program 5
As hostilities mount between Britain and America, Franklin is involved in three sets of secret, eleventh-hour peace talks.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The American Dialogues Foundation, Glendale, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert Foxworth
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Yuri Rasovsky
CAST: Nigel Hawthorne, Elizabeth Montgomery, George Grizzard, Martin Sheen, David Warner, and others

FORMAT: Audiocassette (50:00-55:00 each)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Hollywood Theater of the Ear


Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War

Documentary

The film, narrated by award-winning actor Edward James Olmos, examines the colorful characters and historic events surrounding this 100-year-old war and its relevance to the twentieth century. Using reenactments, interviews with noted authors and popular historians, and more than a dozen newly arranged popular songs from the period, the program looks at the influence of race, economics, new technologies, and the news media on America’s decision to go to war.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Great Projects Film Company, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1999
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Daniel B. Polin, Kenneth Mandel
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Daniel B. Polin, Daniel A. Miller
DIRECTOR: Daniel A. Miller
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Roger T. Grange, III
EDITOR: Ted Winterburn
NARRATOR: Edward James Olmos

FORMAT: Video (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Darrow

Drama

This film presents the events and issues that concerned Clarence Darrow (1857–1938) and documents his transformation from a corporate lawyer to the maverick defense attorney who represented Eugene Debs, the McNamara brothers, Leopold and Loeb, and Thomas Scopes.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: KCET, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991 (first broadcast on American Playhouse)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ricki Franklin
PRODUCERS: Richard Heus, Stephen Stept
DIRECTOR: John Coles
WRITERS: William Schmidt, Stephen Stept
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Paul Murphy
EDITOR: Angelo Carrao
CAST: Kevin Spacey, Rebecca Jenkins, Christopher Cooper

AWARDS: Ohio State Award; Houston Film Festival, Silver Award

FORMAT: Video (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: KCET


Dateline 1787

Dramatic Radio Series

Dateline 1787 is a fourteen-part series that uses modern broadcast journalism to present and examine the events, issues, and personalities surrounding the drafting of the Constitution at the Convention of 1787. Commentators William B. Allen, professor of government, Harvey Mudd College, and Jack N. Rakove, professor of history, Stanford University, discuss the issues raised in each episode.

Program 1
May 27, 1787
The National Radio Theatre News Team, situated in the “broadcast booth” of the Philadelphia State House, reports on the background and opening of the Convention called to revise the Articles of Confederation.

Program 2
June 3, 1787
Virginia Governor Edmund Randolph introduces a plan for wholesale reform.

Program 3
June 10, 1787
Elements of the Randolph Plan are debated as differences emerge on questions of representation.

Program 4
June 17, 1787
Tension mounts between the federalists and nationalists regarding legislative representation.

Program 5
June 24, 1787
National response to the confederal argument of the New Jersey Plan is aired; a final vote is taken to choose between the Randolph and Paterson plans.

Program 6
July 1, 1787
Delegates reach an impasse over methods of apportioning representation.

Program 7
July 8, 1787
The controversy over representation is turned over to a committee.

Program 8
July 15, 1787
The debate turns to differences between the North and South over slavery.

Program 9
July 22, 1787
A vote temporarily settles the representation issue; the delegates turn their attention to the Presidency and powers of federal government.

Program 10
August 4, 1787
Methods of electing the President are debated, as the controversies between large and small states continue.

Program 11
August 12, 1787
Committee reports are followed by particularly rapid progress.

Program 12
September 2, 1787
Delegates reach a compromise on the slavery issue; the presidency takes final form; property requirements for suffrage are thrown out.

Program 13
September 16, 1787
The Committee on Postponed Matters reports as the convention draws to a close. There is a discussion of defection, an interview with George Washington, and presentation of the final draft of the Constitution.

Program 14
September 17, 1787
The News Team captures Benjamin Franklin’s “rising sun” remark and buttonholes other delegates after adjournment for their closing impressions.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: National Radio Theatre, Chicago, IL
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Yuri Rasovsky
WRITERS: Michelle Damico, Denise Jimenez, Yuri Rasovsky

FORMAT: Audiocassette
14 (30:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Pacifica Program Service/Radio Archive


Dawn’s Early Light: Ralph McGill and the Segregated South

Documentary

Dawn’s Early Light examines journalist Ralph McGill, as he emerged during the 1950s and 1960s to become an influential Southern white opponent of racial segregation.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Contemporary Media, Inc., Atlanta, GA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Kathleen Dowdey, Jed Dannenbaum
EDITOR: Kathleen Dowdey
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Edwin Myers
HOST/NARRATOR: Burt Lancaster
INTERVIEWS: Julian Bond, Tom Brokaw, Jimmy Carter, John Lewis, Vernon Jordan, Herman Talmadge, Sander Vanocur, Andrew Young, Harry Ashmore, Eugene Patterson, Claude Sitton, and others

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Bronze Apple

FORMAT: Video (two versions, 88:00 and 58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


The Donner Party

Documentary

This film chronicles the ill-fated journey of a group of pioneers from Springfield, Illinois, to Sutter’s Fort, California, in the spring of 1846.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Steeplechase Films, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Crichton
PRODUCERS: Lisa Ades, Ric Burns
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ric Burns
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, with Allen Moore
EDITOR: Bruce Shaw
HOST/NARRATOR: David McCullough
VOICES: J.D. Cannon, Timothy Hutton, Gene Jones, Amy Madigan, Donald McCann, George Plimpton, Paul Roebling, Lois Smith, Frances Sternhagen, Eli Wallach

AWARDS/SCREENINGS: National Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Achievement in a Craft/Directing and Writing; National Board of Review, D.W.Griffith Award; Peabody Broadcasting Award; Western Heritage Awards Competition, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Outstanding Documentary; CINE Golden Eagle; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple; Booklist, Top of the List; Telluride Film Festival; The Aspen Filmfest; International Documentary Film Festival (Los Angeles); Denver, Mountainfilm, and Great Plains Film Festivals; Western History Conference/California Historical Society (Sacramento, CA and Laramie, WY); Alliance Française (NYC); Channel Four/Britain

FORMAT: Video (84:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

Direct Cinema Limited (home video)

PBS Video (educational)


Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life

Documentary

A compelling and humorous film that tells of the high ideals and vision of those who planned the highways, the engineers who built them, and the way these roads have changed the communities and lives of all Americans.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Haydenville, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Larry Hott, Tom Lewis
PRODUCERS: Larry Hott, Tom Lewis
DIRECTOR: Larry Hott
WRITER: Tom Lewis
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allen Moore
EDITOR: Diane Garey
NARRATOR: George Guidall
INTERVIEWS: Stephen Ambrose, Michael Smith, Dave Barry, Michele Grijalva, Jessica Matthews, Lisa Newton, Phillip Patton, Stephen Goddard, Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Harley Shaiken, David Lee, Sandra Rosenbloom, Ronald Edsforth, Kenneth Jackson, Roland Marchand, Fred Rogers, Frank Griggs, Molly Ivins, John Kay, William Cronon, Jonathan Gifford, T. Willard Fair, Jesse McCrary, Joseph Alioto, Fred Salvucci, Sylvia Hyman, Ken Krulkemeyer, Claire Barrett, Jane Holtz Kay, Sunny Moore, Tom Brennan, Ann Bandazian, Diane and Gary Phillips, Marion and James Malone, David Dillon, Andres Duany, Julia Child, William Fay, Char Miller

PRINT MATERIAL: WETA: Press kit, Study Guide, Poster

AWARDS: George Foster Peabody Award

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Films for the Humanities and Sciences


Eisenhower

Documentary

Based on scholarship of the declassified Eisenhower record, this two-part program looks at the life and career of the 34th president of the United States. (Part I: Soldier; Part II: Statesman)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1993 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Austin Hoyt, Judy Crichton
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Adriana Bosch (Part I), Austin Hoyt (Part II)
COPRODUCER/EDITOR: Daniel McCabe (Part I)
EDITOR: Sarah Holt (Part II)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mark Gunning
MUSIC: Michael Bacon
NARRATOR: David McCullough
INTERVIEWS: John Eisenhower, Stephen E. Ambrose, Michael R. Beschloss, Forrest Pogue, Fred I. Greenstein, Sir Michael Howard, David Eisenhower, Nigel Hamilton, Andy Rooney, Arthur Schlesinger, Robert Donovan, Gen. Andrew Goodpaster, Judge Constance Motley, Chalmers Roberts, Ambassador Vernon A. Walters, Gen. Georgiy A. Mikhailov, and others

AWARDS: Christopher Award; Chicago International Film Festival, Certificate of Merit; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Gold Apple

FORMAT: Video (150:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (educational)

Shanachie Entertainment (home video)


Eleanor Roosevelt

Documentary

This film biography examines the life of one of the twentieth century’s most influential figures, a woman who was shaped and driven by politics and who remains an astonishingly relevant and powerful role model for millions of Americans. Eleanor Roosevelt weaves together interviews with Mrs. Roosevelt’s closest surviving relatives, friends, and biographers as well as rare home movie footage—providing a fresh, complex examination of an American legend.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Ambrica Productions, Inc., Waltham, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Judith Vecchione, Margaret Drain
PRODUCERS: Kathryn Dietz, Sue Williams
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sue Williams
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Bestor Cram, William Turnley, James Callanan, Joel Shapiro
EDITOR: Howard Sharp
NARRATOR: Alfre Woodard

FORMAT: Video (160:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Electric Valley

Documentary

The Electric Valley presents the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal agency with a broad mission to tame the forces of nature, create energy, and produce lasting prosperity in the Tennessee Valley.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: James Agee Film Project, Johnson City, TN
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Jude Cassidy
WRITERS: Ross Spears, Dick Couto, Melanie Maholick
EDITOR: Melanie Maholick
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anthony Forma
NARRATOR: Wilma Dykeman

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Film and Video Festival, Finalist; National Emmy nomination, Public Affairs Documentary; FILMEX (Los Angeles); American Film Festival; Leipzig Film Festival; U.S. Film Festival; American Studies Association; Filmex; Museum of Modern Art; The Kennedy Center

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: James Agee Film Project Library


Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman

Documentary

Emma Goldman (1869–1940) was an exceedingly outspoken woman who spent three decades in the United States battling political and social injustice. In the eyes of some, she was the most dangerous woman in America. To others, she was an uncompromising voice for freedom. Goldman was an old-school soapboxer, pamphleteer, writer and publisher. She condemned capitalism, advocated the ideology of anarchism, was accused of fomenting the assassination of President William McKinley, crusaded for birth control, and led a campaign to oppose the draft during World War I that landed her in prison and paved the way to her deportation from the United States in 1919. “Her name was enough in those days to produce a shudder,” said Margaret Anderson, a close friend of Goldman and the publisher the avant-garde magazine The Little Review. “She was considered “a monster, an exponent of free love and bombs.”

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Nebraska ETV Network, Lincoln, NE
YEAR PRODUCED: 2004
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Margaret Drain and Mark Samels
PRODUCERS/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Mel Bucklin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Eddie Marritz
EDITOR: Ralph Hammack
NARRATOR: Blair Brown
CAST: Linda Emond, Denis O’Hare

PRINT MATERIAL: Copies of publicity materials are available from American Experience (WGBH Boston). See also the American Experience website pbs.org/amex/goldman for more information on the film.

FORMAT: 90 mins
DISTRIBUTORS: WGBH


Empire of the Air

Documentary

This film tells the story of three men whose role in the creation of radio transformed American culture: Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Florentine Films, NH, in association with WETA, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ken Burns
PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Morgan Wesson, Tom Lewis, Camilla Rockwell, Susanna Stelsel
WRITER: Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ken Burns, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore
EDITORS: Yaffa Lerea, Paul Barnes
NARRATOR: Jason Robards

FORMAT: Video (116:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Expressions: Black American Folk Art and Culture

Documentary Radio Series

Expressions is a ten-part series of radio programs about African-American art forms which derive from folk culture. The programs supported by NEH are designated by an asterisk (*); the other programs were funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program 1 *
Authentic Afro-American Legends
traces the origin, evolution, and transmittal of African-American legends.

Program 2 *
Afro-American Proverbs
explores the use of short sayings that express simple, common-sense truths based on practical experience.

Program 3 *
Arabing
considers the art of “arabing” as practiced in Baltimore, Maryland. “Arabers” are street vendors who sell their wares by walking through city streets with calls derived from the same source as blues, gospel, and other traditional black American music genres.

Program 4 *
A Capella
explores the African-American tradition of singing without instrumental accompaniment.

Program 5
Song Making
looks at the development of the African-American song tradition, specifically how it may be used to record history and how melodies, rhythms, and lyrics are reshaped through the oral tradition.

Program 6
Hair Sculpture
examines the history and significance of the popular urban and rural art of African-American hair design.

Program 7
The Party
compares historical slave rituals and their cultural connection with present-day house, rent, and card parties.

Program 8
Street Cheers
analyzes the contemporary urban art form called streetcheers, popular among African-American youth.

Program 9 *
Rhythms
looks at the beat and style of black art.

Program 10 *
Preaching
treats the musical, dramatic, and oratorical preaching styles in the traditional black church and considers the black preacher as artist.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Judi Moore Smith Productions, Temple Hills, MD
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/NARRATOR: Judi Moore Smith

AWARDS: National Association of Black Journalists; Federation of Community Broadcasters, Outstanding Radio Production; Ohio State Achievement Award

FORMAT: Audiocassette
10 (30:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: contact Judi Moore Smith-Latta


FDR

Documentary Series

This four-part series examines the life and career of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd president of the United States.

Program 1
features FDR’s childhood at Hyde Park, his marriage to Eleanor, and his entrance into national politics.

Program 2
traces his attack of polio, the long struggle to overcome his paralysis, his changing relationship with Eleanor, and his return to political life.

Program 3
explores the first two terms of his presidency, which are characterized by a new vision of the role and responsibility of government and by an evolving political partnership with Eleanor.

Program 4
covers the progress of World War II and the importance of FDR’s relationships with Churchill and Stalin in planning for war and subsequent peace. His health visibly failing, FDR dies in 1945, within a year of his inauguration for a fourth term.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH, Boston, MA, in association with David Grubin Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
PRODUCER/WRITER: David Grubin
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for The American Experience: Judy Crichton
SENIOR PRODUCER: Chana Gazit
EDITORS: Susan Fanshel, Geof Bartz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: William B. McCullough, Roger Phenix
NARRATOR: David McCullough
MUSIC: Michael Bacon
SERIES ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Allyson Luchak
SENIOR CREATIVE CONSULTANT: Geoffrey C. Ward

AWARD: George Foster Peabody Award

PRINT MATERIAL: Transcripts can be purchased by calling 303-931-9000

FORMAT: Video, Programs 1, 2 (60:00), Programs 3, 4 (75:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (educational)

Shanachie Entertainment (home video)

DOCSTAR (international)


The Fight

Documentary

This historical documentary chronicles the interweaving lives of two heavyweight boxers: American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling. As they rise through the ranks of professional boxing, each man must navigate societies buffeted by economic depression, racism, and World War.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Social Media Productions, Brooklyn, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2004
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCERS: Barak Goodman, John Maggio
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Barak Goodman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stephen McCarthey
EDITOR: Lewis Erskine
NARRATOR: Courtney B. Vance

PRINT MATERIALS: Press packet available from the director

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance Film Festival; Writers Guild Award; Emmy, best direction.

FORMAT: Video 82:00 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH


The Fight in the Fields: César Chávez and the Farm Workers’ Struggle

Documentary

This film explores the pivotal role played by the United Farm Workers and its leader César Chávez in organizing the first successful union for farm workers. While focusing on Chávez, the film portrays the Chicano activism of the 1960s and 1970s and the training of a generation of organizers in their struggle for social and economic justice.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Paradigm Productions, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Rick Tejada-Flores
DIRECTORS: Rick Tejada-Flores, Ray Telles
WRITERS: Rick Tejada-Flores, Ray Telles
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Vicente Franco
EDITOR: Herb Ferrette
NARRATOR: Henry Darrow
INTERVIEWS: Jesse de la Cruz, Dolores Huerta, Chris Hartmire, and others

AWARDS: CINE Golden Eagle; National Educational Media Network Golden Apple; Best Documentary, Cine Festival, San Antonio

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: University Distribution Services


Fit: Episodes In the History of the Body

Documentary

This film looks at the scientific theories and cultural values underlying the American fascination with physical fitness and the body over the past 150 years.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc., Conway, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Laurie Block
WRITERS: Laurie Block, John Crowley
EDITOR: Howard Sharp
NARRATOR: Linda Hunt

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (two versions, 73:00 and 57:30)

DISTRIBUTOR: Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc.


Forgotten Genius

Documentary

Forgotten Genius is a largely unknown story of scientific triumph and racial inequality. It covers the extraordinary life journey of Percy Julian, one of the great chemists of the twentieth century. The grandson of Alabama slaves, Julian met with every possible barrier in a deeply segregated America. He was a man of genius, devotion, and determination. As a black man he was also an outsider, fighting to make a place for himself in a profession and country divided by bigotry-a man who would eventually find freedom in the laboratory. By the time of his death, Julian had risen to the highest levels of scientific and personal achievement, overcoming countless obstacles to become a world-class scientist, a self-made millionaire, and a civil-rights pioneer.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2006
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Paula S. Apsell
PRODUCERS: Llewellyn M. Smith, Stephen Lyons
DIRECTOR: Llewellyn M. Smith
WRITERS: Stephen Lyons, Llewellyn M. Smith
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Gary Henoch, Tom Fahey, Stephen McCarthy
EDITOR: Doug Quade
NARRATOR: Courtney B. Vance
CAST: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Raymond Lambert, Shawn Agard, Gregory Velez, Ray Almeida, Bobbie Patrick, Carmen Dillon, Edward Logan, Ceoria Coates, Donald Watson, Jonathan Niles, Pamela Lambert, Langston Toxey, Sean McGuirk, Frank Harrison

PRINT MATERIALS: Press Releases, Press Photos, Contact: Lindsay de la Rigaudiere, Tel. 617-300-4258

FORMAT: Video/DVD 2 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH


The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans

Documentary

This film documents the history of the Jewish Forward, a Yiddish-language daily newspaper based in New York City, which was for many years the most successful and widely read Yiddish paper in the United States.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Jewish Forward Film Project, Amherst, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Marlene Booth, Linda Matchan
DIRECTOR: Marlene Booth
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Nancy Schreiber
EDITOR: Eric W. Handley
NARRATOR: Tim Sawyer

PRINT MATERIAL: Program transcript available

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History

Documentary

This program examines the life and work of Frederick Douglass (1818–95), the former slave who became a leading abolitionist, writer, orator, journalist, publisher, diplomat, and champion of universal human rights.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WETA-TV, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Tamara E. Robinson
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Orlando Bagwell
COPRODUCER: Lisa Jones
NARRATION WRITTEN BY: Steve Fayer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Chin
EDITOR: Sandra Marie Christie
NARRATOR: Alfre Woodard
VOICE OF DOUGLASS: Charles S. Dutton AWARDS: National Emmy Nomination, Individual Achievement in a Craft/Researchers

PRINT MATERIAL: Teacher’s Guide

FORMAT: Video (86:46)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Freedom On My Mind

Documentary

This film tells the story of the 1961–64 Mississippi Voter Registration Project, largely in the voices of the participants themselves, which culminated in Freedom Summer, when a thousand college students from around the county went to Mississippi in support of the sharecroppers, day laborers, maids, and young black organizers who had been fighting racism in the state.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Clarity Educational Productions, Berkeley, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Connie Field, Marilyn Mulford
WRITER/EDITOR: Michael Chandler
SCRIPT BY: Michael Moore, with Connie Field and Marilyn Mulford
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Vicente Franco, Michael Ching, Steve Devita
NARRATOR: Ronnie Washington
INTERVIEWS: Victoria Gray, Bob Moses, Endesha Ida Mae Holland, L.C.Dorsey, Cleveland Sellers, Pam Chude Allen, Marshall Ganz, Curtis Hayes, Heather Booth, Len Edwards

AWARDS: Academy Award Nomination, Best Documentary Feature; Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary; International Documentary Association, Best Documentary; Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award; American Historical Association, John O’Connor Award, Best Historical Documentary; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Best of Northern California

FORMAT: Video (110:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Clarity Educational Productions


Freedom Riders

Documentary

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students—many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university—decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights inequities that plagued the nation.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBH, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2009
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCERS: Stanley Nelson & Laurens Grant
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Stanley Nelson
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Shepard
EDITORS: Lewis Erskine, Aljernon Tunsil

PRINT MATERIALS: Program transcript and teachers guides available on the website: http://www.pbs.org/freedomriders

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance Film Festival 2010; Full Frame 2010; Silver Docs 2010; Plus screenings at numerous other festivals throughout the country and world; Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award; Boulder International Film Festival People's Choice Award

FORMAT: Video/DVD (115:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS distribution


Fundi: The Story of Ella Baker

Documentary

This film presents the life and career of civil rights activist Ella Baker, who was friend and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and a driving force behind SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee).

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Fundi Productions, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Joanne Grant
DIRECTORIAL CONSULTANT: Saul Landau
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Judy Irola
EDITOR: Hortense Beveridge
CONSULTING EDITOR: John Carter
MUSIC: Bernice Johnson Reagon

AWARDS: London Film Festival, Film of the Year; San Francisco International Film Festival, Best of Category; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, First Prize Documentary

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (two versions, 60:00 and 45:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


George Marshall and the American Century

Documentary

This is a biography of General George C. Marshall who as U.S. Army Chief of Staff led the Allied Victory in World War II and as Secretary of State helped create the Marshall Plan.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Great Projects Film Company, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991
PRODUCERS: Daniel B. Polin, Kenneth Mandel
DIRECTORS: Kenneth Mandel, Ken Levis
WRITER: Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Phil Abraham
EDITOR: Ken Levis

AWARDS/SCREENINGS: National Educational Film & Video Festival, Silver Apple; Worldfest (Houston, TX), Silver Award; American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; Film Council of Greater Columbus, Chris Award, Best in History Category; CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: Video (88:00)

DISTRIBUTORS: Direct Cinema Limited


George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire

Documentary

To many, George Wallace was the embodiment of racism in America. To others, he was a champion of Southern pride and a defender of the working class. He rose to power as the nation’s best-known segregationist in the early 1960s but was later elected governor of Alabama with overwhelming black support. A Golden Gloves fighter, he battled his way into the national spotlight and came close to deadlocking the 1968 presidential election as a third-party candidate-then was shot down by a would-be assassin on the eve of his greatest political victories. Wallace would spend his remaining years seeking redemption for the divisiveness he had once preached and asking forgiveness from those he had scorned-but he left a conservative political legacy that continues to influence national politics today.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Midnight Films, c/o RTF Department, Austin, TX
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Drain
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Dan McCabe, Paul Stekler
WRITERS: Steve Fayer, Dan McCabe, Paul Stekler
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Hazard
EDITOR: Dan McCabe
NARRATOR: Randy Quaid

PRINTED MATERIALS: Through WGBH/The American Experience

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance 2000 Film Festival, Special Jury Prize; Emmy Award (for Research; nominated for an Emmy for Writing); Writer’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Script for Television Documentary; International Documentary Association Distinguished Documentary Achievement Award; featured in the Academy Award’s Tribute to Documentaries

FORMAT: Video 160 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH


Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

Documentary

This is the story of a tragic collision of two civilizations, each with startlingly different views of one another. In 1886, 5,000 U.S. troops mobilized to capture this one man and his band of followers who, by refusing to move onto a reservation, defied and eluded federal authorities.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Crichton
PRODUCER: Neil Goodwin
DIRECTORS: Neil Goodwin, Jacqueline Shearer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Doug Shaffer, Neil Goodwin
NARRATOR: Neil Goodwin

FORMAT: Video 60 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH


Goin’ to Chicago

Documentary

This program chronicles the migration in two great waves between 1917and 1990 of some 6 million African Americans from the rural South to cities in the North and West; the dynamic urban culture that resulted; and the personal toll of such a move.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi and George King and Associates, Atlanta, GA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chiz Schultz
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: George King
WRITER: Lou Potter
EDITOR: Amy Carey
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rick Butler
NARRATOR: Vertamae Grosvenor

SCREENINGS (selected): Organization of American Historians, Washington DC; National Conference on Racial and Ethnic Relations, Atlanta; African American Museums Association, Chicago; American Culture Association of the South, Charleston; American Studies Association, Nashville; National Council on Black American Affairs, Oakland; National Association of Black Cultural Centers, Kansas City; American Historical Association, Chicago; National Association for Multicultural Education, Washington, DC; National Association for African American Studies, Norfolk; National Association for Ethnic Studies, Boulder

FORMAT: Video (70:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: California Newsreel


The Gold Rush

Documentary

On January 28, 1848, James Marshall found gold near the fork of the American and Sacramento Rivers, unleashing a massive migration from around the world to what had been a forgotten backwater. With head-spinning speed, these gold-seekers created one of the most extraordinary societies in history-hard-driving, overwhelmingly male, often brutal. The Gold Rush was a remarkably international event; in short order, gold-seekers from Oregon and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Mexico, Chile, England, France, Australia, Ireland, and China were soon knee-deep in water in the diggings. They found themselves playing the Great California Lottery, in which luck not hard work or honesty, seemed the key to success. Told through the stories of a small group of diverse characters—Chinese and Chilean, Northerner and Southerner, black and white—this American Experience film tracks the evolution of the Gold Rush from the easy riches of the first few months to the fierce competition for a few good claims. It shows that as the diggings became oppressively crowded, Americans drove foreigners from the mines. And it explores how in the end, the big money was made, not by men with shovels, but by large investments in expensive hydraulic equipment. Nonetheless, in the hurly burly of the intervening years, the Gold Rush turned California into a place synonymous with risk, riches, and reinvention, a place where the impossible seemed likely.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2006
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCERS: Randall Maclowry & Laura Longsworth
DIRECTOR: Randall Maclowry
WRITER: Michelle Ferrari
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Neil Reichline
EDITOR: Jon Neuburger
NARRATOR: Michael Murphy
PRINT MATERIALS: Transcript and teachers guide available at www.pbs.org/amex/goldrush

FORMAT: Video/DVD 120 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH - Television & International Distribution
PBS Video - Home & Audio Visual Distribution


The Golden Cradle: Immigrant Women in the United States

Documentary Radio Series

Through a blend of music, drama, archival material and interviews, this ten-part series examines the social history of America’s women immigrants from the 1840s to the present.

Program 1
The Journey
looks at diaries and other accounts from immigrant women who survived the journey to America.

Program 2
The Half-Open Door
recalls how several generations of immigrants faced the realities of the quota system, exclusion laws, detainment, and deportation.

Program 3
The Alley, The Acre, and Back a’ the Yards
is the story of women who established ethnic communities that continue today despite changing economic and social pressures.

Program 4
In America, They Say Work Is No Shame
relates the experiences of immigrant laborers and union organizers in American factories and sweatshops.

Program 5
Three Tunes for an American Songbook
explains how and why three women emigrated from Russia, Greece, and Italy in the early 1900s.

Program 6
Daily Bread
examines the working experience of immigrant women who served as domestic servants, farm wives, shopkeepers, and boardinghouse operators.

Program 7
English Lessons
records the difficulties that immigrant women have faced in trying to educate their children and themselves.

Program 8
My Mother Was a Member of the Rumanian Ladies Aide Society
explores the history of societies and organizations, originally formed as support systems, that affected the socio-political fabric of America.

Program 9
Tapestries
expresses the way immigrant women artists responded to life in a new world.

Program 10
In America, We Wear a New Name
features Russian, Cuban, Japanese, and Hungarian women speaking of conflicting identities in their new homeland.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Soundscape, Inc., Alexandria, VA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
COPRODUCERS: Deborah George, Louise Cleveland
RESEARCH DIRECTOR: Jane M. Deren
ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR: Karen Getman
NARRATOR: Mandy I. Bynum

PRINT MATERIAL: Loan of cassettes with detailed discussion leader’s guide available to senior citizen groups from: Discovery through the Humanities Program, The National Council on Aging, 409 Third Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024, 202-479-1200

FORMAT: Audiocassettes
10 (30:00) programs on 5 (60:00) cassettes

DISTRIBUTOR: Pacifica Program Service/Radio Archive


The Good Fight: The Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War

Documentary

Through the recollections of eleven veterans, The Good Fight tells the story of the 3,200 Americans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought against the armies of France, Hitler, and Mussolini in the Spanish Civil War.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Abraham Lincoln Brigade Film Project, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Noel Buckner, Mary Dore, Sam Sills
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stephen Lighthill, Peter S. Rosen, Joe Vitagliano, Renner Wunderlich
EDITOR: Noel Buckner
NARRATION CO-AUTHOR: Robert A. Rosenstone
NARRATOR: Studs Terkel

AWARDS: American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon; National Educational Film and Video Festival, First Prize, History

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (98:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


The Great Depression

Documentary series

Emphasizing the stories of ordinary people, this seven-part American history series examines the period between the two world wars, a time dominated by the economic depression that followed the stock market crash of 1929. (* denotes NEH production support)

Program 1 *
Job at Ford’s
The rise of the Ford motor company affords opportunities for thousands of workers, but is followed by the grim realities of economic crisis and tough management decisions.

Program 2 *
The Road to Rock Bottom
As economic collapse takes its toll on America, farmers protest; mortgages are called in by banks; robberies increase dramatically; and in the summer of 1932, the U.S. Army is called in to quell the Veterans’ Bonus March on Washington DC.

Program 3
New Deal/New York
As President Roosevelt presides over the creation of new federal agencies to combat the effects of the Depression, nowhere is the effect of new public works projects more apparent than in Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s New York City. Though FDR, the American aristocrat, and LaGuardia, the son of immigrants, are unlikely partners, together they expand and redefine the role of government in people’s lives.

Program 4
We Have a Plan
When world famous Socialist author Upton Sinclair runs for governor of California, his platform provides an alternative to capitalism and tests the limits of the New Deal. Ironically, one year after Sinclair’s defeat, President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act, a move that signals the beginnings of a modern welfare state.

Program 5
Mean Things Happening
On tenant farms of the Arkansas Delta and in the steel factories of America’s industrial heartland, men and women battle landowners and factory managers for the right to join a union.

Program 6 *
To Be Somebody
Hard times bring fear, which often erupts in violence and discrimination towards America’s racial and ethnic minorities. But hard times also encourage some to fight against bigotry through the courts, in Congress, and by example—the NAACP’s Walter White, African American attorney Charles Houston, heavyweight champ Joe Louis, and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Program 7
Arsenal of Democracy
As the 1930s draw to a close, Americans celebrate a dream of peace and prosperity at World Fairs in San Francisco and New York. But with Japanese and German troops on the march, they soon discover that while the New Deal changed America forever, it is war, not government programs, that ends the Great Depression.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Blackside, Inc., Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1993
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Henry Hampton
SENIOR PRODUCER: Terry Kay Rockefeller
SERIES WRITER: Steve Fayer
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION: Orlando Bagwell
PRODUCERS: Jon Else (1); Terry Kay Rockefeller (2); Dante L. James(3,5); Lyn Goldfarb (4); Stephen Stept (6); Susan Bellows (7)
ASSOCIATEPRODUCERS: Leslie D. Farrell (1,2); Susan Levene (3,5); Tracy Heather Strain (4); Lisa A. Jones (6); Lulie Hadad (7)
EDITORS: Lillian Benson (1); Howard Sharp (2,4); Jon Neuberger (3,5);Marian Hunter (6); Eric Handley (7)
SUPERVISING PRODUCERS: Alison Bassett, Stephen Stept
SERIES ARCHIVIST: Katy Mostoller
COMPOSER: Brian Keane
NARRATOR: Joe Morton

PRINT MATERIAL: The Great Depression: America in the 1930s by T.H. Watkins (Little, Brown, 1993)

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Emmy Award for Writing, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Program 1); National Emmy Nominations(Programs 5 ,6); Silver Baton, Alfred I. DuPont Columbia University Awards (series); CINE Golden Eagle (series); Women in Communications, Inc., Clarion Award (series); National Association of Black Journalists Award (Programs 5,6); Worldfest, Houston International Film Festival, Gold Award (Programs 3,5) and Special Jury Award (Program 7); Columbus(OH) International Film and Video Festival, Bronze Plaque Program 2) and Honorable Mention (Programs 4,5,6); National Educational Film and Video Festival, Gold Apple (Program 6), Silver Apple (Program 7); Council on Foundations Festival (Program 3); Banff Television Festival (Program 1)

FORMAT: Video, 7 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Great War

Documentary

An eight-part series that reveals the impact and importance of World War I, The Great War explores the poignant, powerful, and permanent ways the war changed the lives of everyone it touched.

Episode 1
Explosion
Takes a sweeping look at the conditions and events that caused the cataclysm to unfold and sheds new light on how the fuse was lit that led to the first man-made catastrophe of the twentieth century.

Episode 2
Stalemate
The military believed that technical advances in weaponry would make for a quick outcome on the battlefield. How then did modern weaponry bring about a deadly stalemate? From the beginning the war was out of hand, and new styles of warfare were producing new kinds of horror and unprecedented levels of suffering and death.

Episode 3
Total War
By 1915, the conflict had spread across boundaries between continents and peoples, becoming a global war—a fact grimly confirmed by the unlikely battles between Turks and Australians on the Turkish cliffs of Gallipoli.

Episode 4
Slaughter
World War I gave new meaning to death on the battlefield, a breadth and horror summed up in one word: slaughter. The Battle of Verdun became for the French what Gettysburg is for Americans. A million men died there in only nine months. The British offered the same unspeakable sacrifice at The Somme, where another million died, and at Passchendaele, a graveyard for half a million more.

Episode 5
Mutiny
By 1917, men, armies, and nations were nearing a breaking point. For individual soldiers, it emerged as shell shock, a personal withdrawal from an intolerable reality. For armies, it was outright rebellion; half the French army mutinied in 1917, refusing to undertake senseless attacks.

Episode 6
Collapse
At the start of 1918, the odds looked bad for the Allies. With Russia knocked out of the war by revolution and the French Army rocked by mutiny, Germany stepped up the offensive on the Western Front. But in 1917, President Woodrow Wilson urged the United States into the war to “make the world safe for democracy,” and by 1918, five million American men were in uniform. Episode Six relates the military and domestic factors that led to Germany’s ultimate collapse—and to the stage that would be set for a bitter peace.

Episode 7
Hatred and Hunger
The war laid the groundwork for the Cold War between the U.S. and Russia when the Allies briefly sent their soldiers to stop the Russian Revolution. And from the Balkans to the Middle East, the unresolved issues of the Great War were Simply rearranged. Versailles provided no real peace, and the seeds were sown for an even more catastrophic war.

Episode 8
War Without End
The final episode explores the aftermath of the war and the failed peace. For the lost generation it spawned, the war became a war without end, one that haunted everyone. Writers and other artists tried to create an answer, and millions searched for hope and messages from departed loved ones through Spiritualism. In Germany, the sense of betrayal and dishonor prompted some Germans to seek revenge. The man who rose up to lead them was Adolph Hitler.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: KCET, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Blaine Baggett
PRODUCERS: Carl Byker, Issac Mizrahi, Lyn Goldfarb, Margaret Koval, Jay Winter
DIRECTORS: Carl Byker, Issac Mizrahi, Mitch Wilson
WRITERS: Blaine Baggett, Carl Byker, Jay Winter, Lyn Goldfarb
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mitch Wilson
EDITORS: Carl Byker, David Mrazek, Stosh Jarecki, Joe Bersen, Meri Weingarten
NARRATOR: Salome Jens
CAST: Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Martin Landau, Jane Leeves, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Rene Auberjonois, Michael Barrett, Elya Baskin, Ned Beatty, Helena Bonham-Carter, Timothy Bottoms, Leslie Caron, Master Sean Cowley, Natalya Fainkina Louis Gossett, Jr., Rupert Graves, David Hayter, Allan Hendrick, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Ishmael, Peter Jessop, David Keith, Udo Kier, Nastassja Kinski, Jeroen Krabbe, Yaphet Kotto, Malcom McDowell, Paul Mercurio, Helen Mirren, Mary Mouradian, Paul Panting, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jurgen Prochnow, Ian Richardson, Marion Ross, Martin Sheen, Lianne Schirmer, Philippe Smolinowski, Friedrich Solms, Jean Stapleton, Imogen Stubbs, Kai Wulff, Michael York

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Two Emmy’s, one DuPont, and one Peabody

PRINT MATERIAL: Companion Book (Penguin Studio Book), Teachers Guides

FORMAT: Video 8 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Harry Hopkins: At FDR’s Side

Documentary

This is a film about the life and work of Harry Hopkins, with special emphasis on his role as domestic and foreign policy adviser to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Educational Film Center, Annandale, VA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1989
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ira Klugerman
PRODUCERS: Verne Newton, Frank Nesbitt
DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Frank Nesbitt
WRITER: Verne Newton
SCRIPT EDITOR: Ruth Pollak
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Chris Li, Greg Larsen
NARRATOR: Walter Cronkite

AWARDS: National Emmy nominee, Outstanding Historical Documentary; American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; CINE Golden Eagle; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple; Columbus (OH) International Film Festival, Bronze Plaque

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (87:41)

DISTRIBUTOR: Educational Film Center


Heartland

Drama

Heartland is based on the experiences of a widow homesteading near Burntfork, Wyoming, in the early twentieth century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Filmhaus and Wilderness Women Productions, Inc., Bonner, MT
YEAR PRODUCED: 1979
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Annick Smith
PRODUCERS: Beth Ferris, Michael Hausman
DIRECTOR: Richard Pearce
WRITERS: Beth Ferris, William Kittredge
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Fred Murphy
CAST: Rip Torn, Conchata Ferrell, Barry Primus, Lilia Skala, Megan Folsom, Amy Wright

AWARDS: U.S. Film Festival, Best Independent Film, Co-winner; Berlin Film Festival, Grand Prix Golden Bear, Co-winner

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (95:00)

DISTRIBUTORS: available in video stores (The Pickman Film Corporation and Thorn EMI)


Hearts and Hands

Documentary

This film chronicles how, through their quilting and sewing, nineteenth-century women responded to the major events and developments of their times, such as abolitionism, the Civil War, industrialization, westward expansion, and the temperance and suffrage movements.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Ferrero Films and Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Pat Ferrero
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Julie Silber
WRITER: Beth Ferris
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emiko Omori
EDITOR: Jennifer Chinlund
NARRATOR: Nancy Houfek

AWARDS/SELECTED SCREENINGS: Earthwatch Film Award; Hawaii International Film Festival, People’s Choice Award, Best Documentary; Cine Golden Eagle; American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon; Athens Film Festival, First Prize Documentary; Sinking Creek Film Festival, Best Feature; National Education Film and Video Festival, Crystal Apple, Best of Category-History; San Francisco International Film Festival, Best of Category-Fine Arts; UCLA Film and Folklore Festival, Best Historical Exploration of Folklore; Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Plaque; Festival International de Crateil et du Val de Marne; American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; Hawaii, London, and Denver International Film Festivals; Edinburgh Film Festival; Council on Foundations; American Film Institute; Museum of Modern Art; Museum of American Folk Art

PRINT MATERIAL: Companion book available through Quilt Digest Press, 95514th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

FORMAT: Video (63:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


Henry Ford

Documentary

An absorbing life story of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the twentieth century, Henry Ford offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management and a thought-provoking reminder of how Ford's automobile forever changed the way we work, where we live, and our ideas about individuality, freedom, and possibility.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Sarah Colt Productions, Brookline, MA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2012

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Sarah Colt

CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Baynard

EDITOR: Sabrina Zanella-Foresi

NARRATOR: Oliver Platt

FORMAT:  DVD (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: American Experience, WGBH

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/


Henry Luce: A Vision of Empire

Documentary

Visionary, capitalist, imperialist, creator of the “American Century,” Henry Luce was the son of a missionary whose idealism fueled the creation of Time, Inc., making him one of the most influential publishing moguls of the modern world and one of the most controversial figures of the last century. His words and images—in Time, Life, Fortune and The March of Time newsreels—became the lens through which the world defined Americans and Americans defined themselves. In this first major television documentary to explore Luce’s life and work, we have obtained virtually unlimited access to these materials—access to an unparalleled collection of photographs and footage, much of which have become twentieth-century visual icons, enabling us to illustrate the power of Luce’s story.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Educational Broadcasting Corporation, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2004
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Susan Lacy
PRODUCERS: Stephen Stept, Jennie Amias
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Stephen Stept
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Edward Marrtiz
EDITOR: Anna Pivarnik
CAST: Harris Yulin

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Cine Golden Eagle 2004; 2004 New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) Television Award: Outstanding Documentary Program

FORMAT: Video 90 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: Educational Broadcasting Corporation


The Homefront

Documentary

The Homefront explores the impact of World War II on American civilians, with an emphasis on changes in agriculture, industry, labor, and the status of minorities.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jack Kaufman
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Steve Schechter
COPRODUCER: Mark Jonathan Harris
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Franklin D. Mitchell
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Don Lenzer
EDITOR: Ron Brody
NARRATOR: Leslie Nielson

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon, History; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Best of Festival; Baltimore Independent Filmmakers’ Competition, First Prize, Documentary; Columbus(OH) International Film and Video Festival, Chris Award; Houston International Film Festival, Gold Special Jury Award, History; Chicago International Film Festival, Bronze Hugo; New York International Film and Television Festival, Silver Medal

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Churchill Films, Inc.


House Divided

Dramatic Series

Each drama in this three-part series considers the actions and experiences of an important but little-known African-American who addressed the problems of slavery and inequality during the nineteenth century.

Program l
Denmark Vesey’s Rebellion
In 1822, a prosperous free black carpenter in Charleston, South Carolina, leads an abortive rebellion to free the city’s slaves.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WPBT/Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc.,
Miami, FL
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert S. Morgan
PRODUCER: Yanna Kroyt Brandt
DIRECTOR: Stan Lathan
WRITER: William Hauptman
EDITORS: John Carter and Paul Evans
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Larry Pizer
CAST: Yaphet Kotto, Ned Beatty, Cleavon Little, Antonia Fargas, Donald Moffat, Brock Peters, William Windom, Mary Alice, Bernie Casey

AWARDS: Ohio State Award; Freedom Foundation Award; National Black Programming Consortium, Best Drama; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Best Drama; NAACP Image Award

FORMAT: Video (90:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: Not currently available

Program 2
Solomon Northup’s Odyssey
A free black man from Saratoga, New York struggles for twelve years to regain his freedom after being kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Past America, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert S. Morgan
PRODUCER: Yanna Kroyt Brandt
DIRECTOR: Gordon Parks
WRITERS: Lou Potter and Samm-Art Williams
EDITOR: John Carte
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Hiro Narita
CAST: Avery Brooks, Petronia Paley, Rhetta Greene, John Saxon, Mason Adams, Lee Bryant, Janet League, Joe Seneca, Kent Broadhurst, J.C. Quinn, Michael Tolan

AWARDS: CINE Golden Eagle; Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award (for outstanding historical drama)

FORMAT: Video (113:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: SVS, Inc. (Sony Video) (retitled Half Slave, Half Free)

Program 3
Experiment in Freedom: Charlotte Forten’s Mission
In 1861, the daughter of a wealthy black family gives up her comfortable life in Philadelphia to teach and help freed slaves build a new society on the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Past America, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert S. Morgan
PRODUCER: Yanna Kroyt Brandt
DIRECTOR: Barry Crane
WRITER: Samm-Art Williams
EDITOR: John Carter
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Joseph Wilcots
CAST: Melba Moore, Ned Beatty, Glynn Turman, Mary Alice, Moses Gunn, Carla Borelli, Micki Grant, Anna Marie Horsford, Bruce McGill, Jay Paterson, Vyto Reginis, Roderick Wimberly

FORMAT: Video (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Not currently available


H.R. 6161: An Act of Congress

Documentary

This film follows the process by which a bill becomes a law by tracing the activities of Representatives Paul G. Rogers (D-Fla) and John D. Dingell (D-Mich) as they and others work for and against the Clean Air Amendments of 1977 (H.R. 6161).

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WVIA, Pittston, PA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1979
PRODUCER: Jerry Colbert
DIRECTOR: Charles Guggenheim

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention; San Francisco International Film Festival, Political Documentary, Best of Category

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (59:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Coronet/MTI Film and Video, Inc.


Huey Long

Documentary

Through archival footage and interviews with opponents, allies, and scholars, this film documents Huey Long’s impact on the state of Louisiana and the nation at large.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Florentine Films, Inc., Walpole, NH
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
COPRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Richard Kilberg
DIRECTOR: Ken Burns
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires
NARRATOR: David McCullough

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; Organization of American Historians, Erik Barnouw Award (for outstanding historical documentary)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (88:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


Indian America: A Gift From the Past

Documentary

This program portrays the cultural revival experienced by the Makah Community of Washington state following the discovery and excavation of a 15th-century village on their land. (It is the first program in a series on the histories and cultures of North American Indians.)

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Media Resource Associates, Inc., Washington, D.C.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Robin Cutler, Dave Warren
PRODUCERS: Robin Cutler, Karen Thomas
DIRECTOR: Karen Thomas
WRITER: Robin Cutler
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mike Fox, Allen Moore
EDITOR: Penny Trams
MUSIC: Mark Adler
NARRATOR: Wes Studi

AWARDS: CINE Golden Eagle; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Bronze Apple; Christopher Award for Humanities

FORMAT: Video (56:40)

DISTRIBUTOR: Media Resource Associates, Inc.


Inheritance

Documentary

Inheritance examines the meaning of work and the role it plays in human happiness through consideration of three contemporary traditional craftsmen—a tinsmith, a blacksmith, and a lacrosse-stick maker—whose work and lives are reminiscent of the independent worker of a century ago.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Bowling Green Films and WMHT-TV, Schenectady, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1975
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Jack Ofield
WRITER: Helen-Maria Erawan

FORMAT: 16mm (two versions, 60:00 and 43:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: University of Michigan, Film and Video Library (ask for title #: 027-64-F)


Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World

Documentary

From the dawn of the seventeenth-century, when the first sea-weary pilgrims looked on in wonder as teeming pods of rights whales breached the waters off Cape Cod to the eve of the Civil War, when more than 700 of the 900 ships in the worldwide whaling fleet hailed from American ports and American whalemen dominated the globe, the epic story of the commercial pursuit of the largest creature on earth would be intimately bound up with the story of America: as a parable of American capitalism on the rise, as a case study in maritime culture at its most extreme, and as an allegory for the American, and the human experience—long before a restless sometime whaleman and would-be writer named Herman Melville ever went to sea. At once a sea adventure, a cautionary economic and environmental tale, and a mythic saga of man and nature, the film tells the saga of three centuries of American whaling—interweaving the riveting tale of the doomed whaleship Essex, which set sail from Nantucket in the summer of 1819 and the deeply moving story of a young whaleman named Herman Melville—whose own life and imaginative voyage into the deep would give rise to one of the greatest works of literature ever created by an American.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Steeplechase Films, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samples
PRODUCERS: Bonnie Lafave, Mary Recine, Robin Espinola, Ric Burns
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Ric Burns
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Paul Goldsmith A.S.C.
EDITOR: Li-Shin Yu
NARRATOR: Willem Dafoe
CAST: Robert Sean Leonard, with the voices of Josh Hamilton, Vincent Kartheiser, Callie Thorne, Philip Bosco

PRINT MATERIALS: American Experience, WGBH

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Primetime Emmy nomination, as part of American Experience ‘series’ entry.

FORMAT: Video (1:50:10)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Home Video


Ishi, the Last Yahi

Documentary

This film tells the story of Ishi, the last Yahi Indian in North America, who became a source of aluable information and a friend of anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, who brought him to San Francisco for study.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Rattlesnake Productions, Inc., Berkeley, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: N. Jed Riffe, Pamela Roberts
ADDITIONAL LOCATION DIRECTION: Steven Okazaki
WRITERS: Anne Makepeace with Jenifer Hood and Louise Steinman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stephen Lighthill
EDITOR: Jennifer Chinlund

AWARDS/SCREENINGS: Munich Film Festival, American Independents Program, Best Film; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Best of Festival; Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention; American Indian Film Festival (San Francisco), Best Documentary Film (Short); National Emmy Nomination, Best Historical Program

PRINT MATERIAL: Viewers Guide, Curriculum Guide, Anthology forthcoming

FORMAT: Video, 16mm (56:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

University of California, Extension Media Center (educational)

Jed Riffe (home video)

CS Associates (international)


The Jewish Americans

Documentary

This six-hour series follows the struggle of a tiny minority making its way into the American mainstream. While the story of Jewish life in America is emblematic of the American immigrant story, it is also a unique story of ongoing discrimination and stereotyping coupled with some of the most remarkable accomplishments in American history, the arts, commerce, science, and academia. Beginning with the first Jews to arrive in New Amsterdam in the seventeenth century, the film offers a revealing portrait of a people who epitomize the immigrant experience. Even as they have faced bigotry and rejection, Jews have embraced American culture while keeping alive their traditions and heritage.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WETA-TV, Arlington, VA; JTN Productions; David Grubin Productions, Inc.; and Thirteen/WNET New York
YEAR PRODUCED: 2007
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jeff Bieber, Dalton Delan, David Grubin, Jay Sanderson, Stephen Segaller
PRODUCERS: David Grubin, Amy Brown, Rachel Bunchanan
DIRECTOR/WRITER: David Grubin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Callanan
EDITORS: Don Bernier, George O’Donnell, Deborah Peretz
NARRATOR: Leiv Schreiber

FORMAT: Video/DVD (Three two-hour programs)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


John and Abigail Adams

Documentary

Drawing on the extraordinary correspondence between the second president and his wife, this joint biography sheds light not only on the characters of two remarkable people, but also on the tumultuous times through which they lived. John and Abigail Adams played a critical role in many of the pivotal events of their era: he was a vociferous participant at the Continental Congress; she was an important eye-witness reporter during the Siege of Boston; he was an important war-time emissary to France. In the post-war era, first as vice president, then as president, Adams was caught up in the increasing political divisiveness that characterized the 1790s when rifts in the country almost pulled the fledgling nation apart. In addition to a window onto the revolutionary era, John and Abigail’s story provides a strikingly intimate look inside a marriage of true companions, for whom life included not just the great events of history, but also laughter, loneliness, affection, and family tragedy. This American Experience program reminds us that the Founding Fathers—and Mothers—were not men and women of marble following a script that made independence and American national success a pre-ordained conclusion but rather real, flawed, multi-dimensional people, who had no idea how things would turn out.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation
YEAR PRODUCED: 2005
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCER/WRITER: Elizabeth Deane
DIRECTOR: Peter Jones
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Brian McDairmant, John Baynard
EDITOR: David Espar
NARRATOR: David Ogden Stiers
CAST: Simon Russell Beale, Linda Emund, James Barbour

PRINT MATERIALS: Teachers’ Guide, available on program website www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/adams

FORMAT: Video and DVD 2 hours

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS and WGBH


John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature

Documentary

John James Audubon is best known for The Birds of America, a book of 435 images, portraits of every bird then known in the United States—painted and reproduced life sized. Its creation cost Audubon eighteen years of monumental effort in finding the birds, making the book, and selling it to subscribers. Audubon also wrote thousands of pages about birds (Ornithological Biography); he’d completed half of a collection of paintings of mammals (The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America) when his eyesight failed in 1846. Audubon was not born in America but saw more of the North American continent than virtually anyone alive, and even in his own time he came to exemplify America—the place of wilderness and wild things. The history of his life reveals his era and his nation: he lived in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina and New York—traveled everywhere from Labrador to the Dry Tortugas, from the Republic of Texas to the mouth of the Yellowstone—was a merchant, salesman, teacher, hunter, itinerant portraitist and woodsman, an artist and a scientist. He was, in a sense, a one-man compendium of American culture of his time. And his growing apprehension about the destruction of nature became a prophecy of his nation’s convictions in the century after his death.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Thirteen/WNET, NY American Masters and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 2006
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Susan Lacy
PRODUCERS: Prudence Glass, Julie Sacks, Lawrence Hott, Diane Garey
DIRECTOR: Lawrence Hott
WRITER: Ken Chowder
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Chin, Stephen McCarthy, Allen Moore
EDITOR: Aaron Vega

AWARDS/FESTIVAL: CINE Golden Eagle; Best Environmental Art Film, EarthVision International Environmental Film Festival; Best of Festival List, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival; Merit Award, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula; Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital; Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival; The Chris Awards, Columbus International Film Festival

FORMAT: Video/DVD (54:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: Bullfrog Films



John Muir in the New World
Documentary

The life and the career of John Muir come to life through this documentary set against the magnificent landscapes of the American West.  The Scottish-born naturalist was one of the first nature preservationists in American history, inspiring others through his writing and his advocacy to keep the wilderness wild.  During his lifetime, the impact of his powerful voice could be seen in the preservation of Valley Yosemite and the sequoia groves of California, and the glacial landscapes of Alaska.  His vision survived long after his death through the work of the Sierra Club, an organization he founded.  The film was shot in high definition in the spectacular landscapes that shaped Muir—and which were, in turn, shaped by his devotion. A diversity of images run through the program: the Wisconsin woods of his childhood, his incredible journey on foot through the American South, the Yosemite Valley, the California fruit ranch where he lived with his wife and daughters, the Alaskan wilderness that so attracted him, and the National Parks that he was so instrumental in creating.


PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Global Village Media, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2011
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dominique Lasseur, Susan Lacy, Steve Boyd, Peter Evans
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Catherine Tatge, Leslie Clark
DIRECTOR: Catherine Tatge
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Bob Elfstrom
EDITOR: Tom Haneke
NARRATOR: Jane Alexander
CAST: Graeme Malcolm, Mary Beth Peil, Bill Buel Joseph Butler, Howard Weamer, Richard Markham, Patsy Fulhorst

PRINT MATERIALS:   www.childrenandnature.org

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Green Bay Film Festival; San Luis Obispo International Film Festival; Palm Beach International Film Festival; Hills Film Festival; New Milford – Best Cinematography Fallbrook Film Festival; – Best Documentary, Riverside International Film Festival

FORMAT: Video/DVD (90:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: Kultur International Films, Inc.


Keeping On

Drama

Keeping On portrays the changes in community structures and social relationships in a Southern textile community during a campaign to unionize the local mill.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Many Mansions Institute/Cabin Creek Center, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Barbara Kopple
PRODUCER: Coral Hawthorne
WRITER: Horton Foote
EDITOR: Lora Hayes
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Larry Pizer
CAST: James Broderick, Danny Glover, Dick Anthony Williams, Carol Kane

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (72:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Caridi Entertainment


The Killing Floor

Drama

The Killing Floor tells the story of a Southern black sharecropper who moves to Chicago and becomes involved in the organization of workers in the stockyards between 1917 and 1919.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: KERA-TV, Dallas and Public Forum Productions
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Elsa Rassbach
PRODUCER: George Manasse
DIRECTOR: Bill Duke
WRITERS: Leslie Lee, Ron Milner, Elsa Rassbach
EDITOR: John Carter
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Bill Birch
CAST: Damien Leake, Alfre Woodward, Clarence Felder, Moses Gunn

AWARDS: U.S.A. (Dallas) Film Festival, Special Jury Award; U.S. Film Festival (Sundance), Special Jury Award; International Film and Television Festival of New York, Silver Medal; Hemisfilm International Festival, Best Feature; National Black Consortium, First Place, Drama; NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Television Movie, Best Actor and Best Actress; Critics’ Week, Cannes Film Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Orion-Nelson Entertainment (homevideo)


King of America

Drama

King of America tells of the struggles of a Greek immigrant seeking success in America in the early twentieth century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Television in the Humanities, Inc., Atlanta, GA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1980
PROCUCER: David Horwatt
DIRECTOR: Dezso Magyar
WRITER: B.J. Merhoiz
EDITOR: Jay Freund
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Fash
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Swados
CAST: Barry Miller, Andreas Katsulas, Olympia Dukakis

FORMAT: Video (74:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Caridi Entertainment


LaGuardia, the Dreamer and the Doer

Documentary Radio Series

Using original sound footage, this seven-part series examines the life and times of New York City’s legendary mayor, Fiorella H. LaGuardia(1882–1947).

Program 1
LaGuardia and Reform
describes the mayor’s war with Tammany Hall and his fights against gamblers, racketeers, and “tin horns.”

Program 2
Health and Housing
explains how LaGuardia made the availability of proper housing a function of city government and established the largest public health effort in the city’s history.

Program 3
LaGuardia and Organized Labor
traces LaGuardia’s shifting stance on unions and unionization.

Program 4
LaGuardia and the Physical City
shows how LaGuardia’s public works brought about government-sponsored municipal transformation in New York City.

Program 5
LaGuardia and Aviation
discusses the mayor’s lifelong support for aviation.

Program 6
LaGuardia and Relief
recounts how LaGuardia made public assistance a reality in New York.

Program 7
World War II
looks at LaGuardia’s third term as mayor and his emergence as a radio personality.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: LaGuardia Archives, LaGuardia Community College/CUNY, Long Island City, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Richard K. Lieberman
PRODUCER/EDITOR: Tom Vitale
WRITER: Dick Worth
NARRATOR: Tony LoBianco

FORMAT: Audiocassette
7 (30:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: LaGuardia Archives, LaGuardia Community College


Last Stand at Little Bighorn

Documentary

This film examines the Battle of the Little Big Horn (June 25, 1876) from both Native American and white perspectives; it also explores the process by which the military defeat was transformed by the nation’s press into the enduring myth of Custer’s Last Stand.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Midnight Films, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Crichton
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Paul Stekler
WRITERS: James Welch, Paul Stekler
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jon Else, Erik Daarstad
EDITOR: Michal Goldman
NARRATOR: N. Scott Momaday

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Columbus International Film Festival, Bronze Plaque; National Emmy Award, Outstanding Achievement in a Craft/Research; National Emmy Nomination, Outstanding Achievement in a Craft/Writing; American Film Festival, Blue Ribbon; Western Writers of America, Spur Award, Best Documentary Script; CINE Golden Eagle; Great Plains Film Festival

FORMAT: Video (52:30)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (educational)

Little Big Horn National Battlefield (home video)


Latino Americans

Documentary

Latino Americans is a three-part, six-hour documentary series that chronicles the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1800 to the twenty-first century. Through its people, politics and culture, Latino Americans tells the story of early settlement, conquest, and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WETA, Arlington, VA

YEAR PRODUCED: 2013

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jeff Bieber, Dalton Delan, Sally Jo Fifer

PRODUCERS: Adriana Bosch, John Valadez, Dan McCabe, Ray Telles, Nina Alvarez,  Salme Lopez, Cathleen O’Connell

DIRECTORS: David Belton, Sonia Fritz

WRITERS: Adriana Bosch, Jeff Bieber, Ken Chowder

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tim Cragg,Vicente Franco, Paul Mailman, Stephen McCarthy, Elia Lyssy, Edward Marritz, Joe LoMonaco, Thomas Kaufman

EDITORS: Peter Rhodes, David Espar, Dan McCabe, John Neurburger, Manuel Tsingaris

NARRATOR: Benjamin Bratt      

PRINT MATERIAL: All print materials are available through WETA including press reviews, educational curriculum on-line at pbs.org/latinoamericans.

FORMAT:  6X60 mins (plus 5-minute news hole)

DISTRIBUTOR: WETA


LBJ

Documentary Series

This four-part documentary series traces the political career of America’s thirty-sixth president Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Program 1
Beautiful Texas
chronicles Johnson’s youth in rural Southwest Texas, his early political campaigns, and his years as Senator and Vice President. It concludes with his assumption of the Presidency upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.

Program 2
My Fellow Americans
traces the formation of Johnson’s civil rights agenda, his vision of the Great Society, and the events leading to the Gulf of Tonkin resolution.

Program 3
We Shall Overcome
traces the developing war in Vietnam and its effects on the Great Society.

Program 4
The Last Believer
chronicles the remaining year’s of Johnson’s presidency, his decision not to seek reelection in 1968, and his final days on his Texas ranch.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: KERA-TV, Dallas, TX, and David Grubin Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Patricia P. Perini
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: David Grubin
SENIOR PRODUCER: Chana Gazit
EDITORS: Geof Bartz, Tom Haneke
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Hillary Dann, Sam Sills
CINEMATOGRAPHY: William McCullough
MUSIC: Michael Bacon
NARRATOR: Will Lyman

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Alfred I. DuPont, Columbia University Broadcast Journalism Award, Silver Baton; National Emmy Nominee, Outstanding Historical Programming and Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft/Writing; Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Hugo, also Gold Plaque for Music Score; Houston Film Festival, Gold Medal; Ohio State Award; Gabriel Awards, Certificate of Merit; San Francisco International Film Festival, Best of Category, Television History; American Film and Video Festival, Honorable Mention (Parts 1,3); CINE Golden Eagle; INPUT; Nyon Film Festival

FORMAT: Video
4 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video

Pacific Arts Video (home video)


Liberty! The American Revolution

Documentary and Dramatic Series

This six-hour series covers America’s greatest political story—the history of how we became a nation. The series spans 26 years, from 1763 to 1789, and traces the transformation of Americans from loyal subjects of the British king to revolutionaries, and finally, to citizens of an entirely new kind of country.

Episode 1
The Reluctant Revolutionaries
In 1763, American colonists live in a hierarchical world of gentlemen and commoners, proud to be subjects of King George III. With the end of the French and Indian War, America has become a land of opportunity, but the British impose a seemingly routine tax—the Stamp Act. It creates a firestorm throughout the colonies as Americans see their liberties and their power threatened.

Episode 2
Blows Must Decide
By the fall of 1774, British troops occupy Boston. Thirteen colonies, who until now have had little in common with one another, take faltering steps to unite in reaction to this aggression. But even after shots are fired at Lexington, there is great disagreement about what to do next. Finally, on July 2, 1776, independence is declared. Two days later, Congress passes The Declaration of Independence. A fight for independence is being transformed into a political revolution.

Episode 3
The Times that Try Men’s Souls
Days after the Declaration of Independence is signed, an immense British force drops anchor in New York harbor, pitting the largest professional army in the world against George Washington’s army of untrained volunteers. On the day after Christmas, 1776, a desperate Washington leads his Continentals quietly across the half-frozen Delaware River, surprising a garrison of Hessian soldiers at Trenton. Washington becomes a hero and the American Revolution goes on.

Episode 4
Oh Fatal Ambition!
Congress dispatches Benjamin Franklin to France in late 1776 to request financial and military support. Louis XVI is reluctant to back the young republic without proof it can win. British General John Burgoyne’s defeat at Saratoga is the incentive France needs to supply arms and men to the revolution in America.

Episode 5
The World Turned Upside Down
How do Americans, fighting in the name of liberty, justify the institution of slavery? The British army hopes to exploit the contradiction posed by slavery in the South, but their attempt to win the south fails. Meanwhile, France enters into the revolution. The convergence of Washington’s army and the French fleet at Yorktown traps the British army. Two years later, The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending eight long years of fighting.

Episode 6
Are We to Be a Nation?
Peace brings with it a new set of challenges: the country is bankrupt and the states find themselves squabbling with one another over many issues. A Constitutional Convention, held only to revise the Articles of Confederation, under which the country is run, instead creates a blueprint for an entirely new system of government.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: KTCA/Twin Cities Public Television, St. Paul, MN
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Catherine Allan
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
WRITERS: Ron Blumer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Hurwitz
EDITORS: Sharon Sachs, Josh Walletsky
HOST: Forrest Sawyer
NARRATOR: Edward Herrmann
CAST: Philip Bosco, Colm Feore, Terrence Mann, Roger Rees, Donna Murphy, and others

PRINT MATERIAL: PBS Video: Curriculum Guide. Owen Comora Associates: Press Material

FORMAT: Video 6 (60:00) episodes

DISTRIBUTORS:

KTCA/Twin Cities Public Television

PBS Video


The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

Documentary

Through newsreel footage and the testimonies of five women, this film examines the experiences of the eighteen million women who were brought into factories and plants during World War II.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Clarity Educational Productions, Emeryville, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1980
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Connie Field
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Ellen Geiger, Lorraine Kahn, Jane Scantlebury, Bonnie Bellow
EDITORS: Lucy Massie Phenix, Connie Field
THE WOMEN IN THE FILM: Wanita Allen, Gladys Belcher, Lyn Childs, Lola Weixel, Margaret Wright

AWARDS: Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Hugo, Documentary; Houston International Film Festival, Special Jury Gold Award, Best in Category; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy, Gold Marzocco (First Prize); Athena International Film Festival, Gold Athena (First Prize); American Film Festival, John Grierson, Blue Ribbon; Cine Golden Eagle

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

Direct Cinema Limited

Clarity Educational Productions


A Life Apart: Hasidism in America

Documentary

A Life Apart tells the story of how post-Holocaust Hasidim have avoided being swallowed up by American culture. The strategies Hasidism have chosen for their survival has led them to reject many of the things which Americans take for granted; public schooling, sports, television, popular music, etc. Over the past fifty years Hasidim have discovered that it is indeed possible to be a Hasid even in America. Despite their best efforts, they have become American Hasidim.

Production Team: Menachem Daum, Brooklyn NY and Oren Rudavsky, New York City, NY
Year Produced: 1997
Executive Producer: Arnold Labatan
Producers/Directors: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky
Writers: Menachem Daum, Bob Seidman
Cinematography: Oren Rudavsky
Editor: Ruth Shell
Narrators: Leonard Nimoy, Sarah Jessica Parker

Awards/Festivals: CINE Golden Eagle; Jewish Video Competition, First Place for Broadcast Documentary; Sydney Film Festival, June 1997

Print Material: Press kit

Format: Video (96:00)

Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films


Lincoln and the War Within

Drama

This is the story of Abraham Lincoln’s handling of the Fort Sumter crisis of 1861, just as he assumed the office of presidency.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBY-TV, Springfield, MA, and Lumière Productions, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Erstling
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Calvin Skaggs
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Robert Brent Toplin
CO-PRODUCER: Paul Marcus
WRITERS: Frederic Hunter, Thomas Babe
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Spiller
EDITOR: Jay Freund
CAST: Chris Sarandon, Tom Aldredge, Will Patton, Remak Ramsay, Dylan Baker, Alan North, Joan Macintosh, Tony Carlin, Jack Gilpin, Pirie MacDonald, Veronica Cartwright

FORMAT: Video (73:30)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Lindbergh

Documentary

This film examines the life of Charles A. Lindbergh, including his family background, solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, his isolationist crusade, his shattered faith in technology, and his final commitment to environmental causes.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Insignia Films, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990 (first broadcast on The American Experience: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Crichton
PRODUCERS: Stephen Ives, Ken Burns
DIRECTOR: Stephen Ives
WRITER: Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires
EDITOR: Juliet Weber

AWARD: CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: Video (56:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Long Shadows

Documentary

Long Shadows examines the modern echoes of the American Civil War, documenting how repercussions of the war still influence the American psyche.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: James Agee Film Project, Johnson City, TN
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Ross Spears
WRITERS: Ross Spears, Jamie Ross
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anthony Forma
EDITOR: Neil Means, Grahame Weinbren
NARRATOR: Ross Spears
INTERVIEWS: Robert Penn Warren, Jimmy Carter, Robert Coles, Studs Terkel, Tom Wicker, C. Vann Woodward, John Hope Franklin, and others

SELECTED SCREENINGS: Museum of Modern Art; The Kennedy Center; Festival of American Film; Smithsonian Institute; Chicago Historical Society; American Historical Association

FORMAT: Video (88:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: James Agee Film Project Library


Lost & Found Sound

Documentary

Lost & Found Sound chronicles the nation’s vanishing oral traditions, undocumented aspects of the nations aural heritage, and individuals who have changed American life through their obsessions with sound and recording. The series explores and illuminates American life through sound, emphasizing shifting accents, vanishing voices, the mergings of languages, oral histories, and historic broadcasts.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Lost & Found Sound, San Francisco, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Nikki Silva, Davia Nelson, Jay Allison
HOSTS: Robert Siegel, Noah Adams, Linda Wertheimer

PRINT MATERIALS/WEBSITE: http://www.lostandfoundsound.com/

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: George Foster Peabody Award 1999; Webby Award 2000; The Clarion Award 2000; Audie Award 2001 Audiobook; NFCB Silver Reel Award 2001

FORMAT: Multi-part series
DISTRIBUTOR: National Public Radio


The Loving Story

Documentary

A racially charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, a part-black, part-Indian woman and a white man who married in Jim Crow era Virginia. Thrown into rat-infested jails and exiled from their hometown for many years, the Lovings fought back and changed history. They were paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who were driven to pave the way for social justice and equal rights through a historic Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia. The Loving Story takes us on a journey into the heart of race relations in America. But, in the end, it is a poignant love story of two people who simply wanted to live in the place they called home.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Augusta Films, Durham, NC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2011
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Scott Berrie, Marshall Sonenshine, Sheila Nevins
PRODUCERS: Nancy Buirski, Elisabeth Haviland James
DIRECTORS: Nancy Buirski
WRITERS: Nancy Buirski, Susie Ruth Powell

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rex Miller, Steve Milligan, Abbot Mills
EDITOR: Elisabeth Haviland James

PRINT MATERIALS: www.lovingfilm.com; Press kit (HBO Documentaries)

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay – Silverdocs International Film Festival; Grand Jury Award - Gasparilla Film Festival; History Makers International Award – Best Social Change Documentary Academy Awards – Feature Documentary Shortlist; Official Selections: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival – Center Frame, Tribeca Film Festival – Spotlight, Hamptons International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Cinema du Reel, Thessaloniki Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, Festival St. Louis, Sedona Film Festival

FORMAT: DVD (77.00)
DISTRIBUTORS: HBO Documentaries; Icarus Films


MacArthur

Documentary

No soldier in modern history has been more admired-or more reviled. Douglas MacArthur, liberator of the Philippines, shogun of Occupied Japan, brilliant victor of the Battle of Inchon, was an admired national hero when he was suddenly relieved of his command. A portrait of a complex, imposing, and fascinating American general.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH-The American Experience, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1999
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Drain
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Austin Hoyt, Sarah Holt
WRITER: Austin Hoyt
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Terry Hopkins
EDITOR: Bernice K. Schneider, Sarah Holt
NARRATOR: David Ogden Stiers

PRINTED MATERIALS: educational resources are available on the program’s website, www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/macarthur

FORMAT: Video 4 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

Documentary

Few dreamers have had more impact on the American city than Daniel Hudson Burnham. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world; directed construction of the World’s Columbian Exposition that helped inspire the City Beautiful Movement in towns across America; and created urban plans for San Francisco; Washington, DC; Chicago; Cleveland; and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines all before the modern profession of urban planning existed. Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City is the first film to explore Burnham’s fascinating career and complex legacy as public debate continues today about how and for whom cities are planned.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Archimedia Workshop, Chicago, IL
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
PRODUCERS: Judith Paine McBrien, Mary Morrissette
DIRECTOR: Judith Paine McBrien
WRITERS: Judith Paine McBrien, Geoffrey Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jim Morrissette
EDITORS: Amy Cargill, Jan Sutcliffe, Joe Langenfeld

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Newport Beach Film Festival (2010), Modesto International Architecture Festival (2010) Major screenings in the following cities: Washington DC—The National Mall and the American Institute of Architects headquarters office; Chicago, IL—Millennium Park; El Paso, TX—KCOS-TV preview screening; San Francisco, CA—San Francisco Public Library; Boston, MA—Boston Society of Architects; Pittsburgh, PA—Community Design Center of Pittsburgh; Buffalo, NY—SUNY at Buffalo, School of Architecture; Detroit, MI—Preservation Wayne; Philadelphia, PA—AIA Philadelphia Center for Architecture; Cleveland, OH—Cleveland State University and ParkWorks

FORMAT: Video Approx (60:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind

Documentary

This documentary tells the life story of the Jamaican immigrant who, between 1916 and 1921, built the largest black mass movement in world history. It explores Garvey’s dramatic successes and failures before his fall into obscurity. Among the film’s most powerful sequences are interviews with people who witnessed the Garvey movement first hand more than 80 years ago. These interviews communicate the appeal of Garvey’s revolutionary ideas to a generation of African Americans, and reveal how he invested hundreds and thousands of black men and women with a new found sense of pride.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Firelight Media, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Stanley Nelson
PRODUCER: Gwendolyn D. Dixon
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Marcia Smith
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Shepard, Arthur Jafa Fielder
EDITOR: Lewis Erskine
NARRATOR: Carl Lumbly

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: First Place Overall Award Winner, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame 11th Annual Festival of Film & Video

FORMAT: Video (82:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video, WGBH


Margaret Sanger

Documentary

Explores the life and times of the pioneering birth control advocate, bringing into focus the forces that shaped Sanger, her movement, and society.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Cobblestone Films, Glen Ridge, NJ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
PRODUCERS: Bruce Alfred, Holly Carter
DIRECTOR: Bruce Alfred
WRITERS: Bruce Alfred, Michelle Ferrari
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mead Hunt
EDITOR: Joanna Kiernan
NARRATOR: Blair Brown
VOICES: Amy Irving, Amy Madigan, Katie Couric, Matthew Broderick, Derek Jacobi, George Plimpton, Daniel Von Bargen, Jaqueline Williams, Cherry Jones, Philip Bosco, Ludmilla Bokievsky, Nicholas Haylett

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Films for the Humanities and Sciences


Mary Silliman’s War

Drama

The experience of the Silliman family during the Revolutionary War as told from Mary Silliman’s point of view and based on her family’s letters and the scholarship of Richard and Joy Buel.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Heritage Films, San Dimas, CA, in association with Citadel Communications, Halifax, Canada
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994 (first broadcast on Lifetime Cable Channel)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Nick Spiropoulous, Stuart Rath
PRODUCERS: Steven Schechter, Barry Cowling
DIRECTOR: Stephen Surjick
WRITERS: Steven Schechter, Louisa Burns-Bisogno
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Alar Kivilo
EDITORS: Joanne D’Antonio, Allan Shefland
MUSIC: John Welsman
CAST: Nancy Palk, Richard Donat, Diane D’Aquila, Paul Boretski, Joanne Miller

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Gold Medal, Houston International Film Festival; Silver Medal, National Educational Film and Video Festival; Best Educational Production, 10th Annual TV Movie Awards; Bronze Plaque, Columbus Film Festival

PRINT MATERIAL: Study Guide

FORMAT: Video (93:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Heritage Films


Metropolitan Avenue: Community Women In a Changing Neighborhood

Documentary

This film examines the changing roles of contemporary working-class women in the Williamsburg-Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Metropolitan Avenue Film Project, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/NARRATOR: Christine Noschese
EDITOR: Stan Salfas
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Kirk LaVine
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Bonanno
AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Film and Video Festival, John Grierson
Award; Film Forum, Premiere; Leipzig International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize; Mannheim International Film Festival; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy

FORMAT: 16mm (58:00), Video (two versions, 58:00 and 49:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


Middletown

Documentary Series

Building on the sociological study of the town by Robert and Helen Merrill Lynd, this six-part series examines fundamental elements of life in Muncie, Indiana.

Program 1
Second Time Around
looks at the issues and complexities surrounding a contemporary marriage, especially as contrasted to those of fifty years ago.

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Peter Davis
EDITOR: Tom Haneke
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Lindley

AWARD: Emmy nomination (for editing)

Program 2
Family Business
examines the idea of personal freedom through economic independence as it follows the struggles of a family of ten to save their pizza parlor from bankruptcy.

EXECUTIVE/PRODUCER: Peter Davis
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Tom Cohen
EDITOR: Bob Brady
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Hurwitz

AWARD: Emmy nomination (for directing)

Program 3
The Campaign
follows the personalities, strategies, and pressures involved in Muncie’s mayoral race.

PRODUCER: Peter Davis
DIRECTOR: Tom Cohen
EDITOR: Bob Brady
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Lindley

AWARDS: Two Emmy’s (for sound and editing), Emmy nomination (producer)

Program 4
Community of Praise
examines the influence of faith on a family of evangelical Christian fundamentalists.

PRODUCER: Peter Davis
DIRECTORS/EDITORS: Richard Leacock, Marisa Silver
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Richard Leacock

AWARD: Emmy nomination (for editing)

Program 5
The Big Game
looks at the role of sports and how basketball games between two local high schools provide outlets for community tension.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Peter Davis
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: E.J. Vaughn
EDITOR: Ruth Newald
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Paul Goldsmith, Mark Benjamin

AWARD: American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon

Program 6
Seventeen
focuses on Muncie high school seniors as they face the tensions and uncertainties of growing up. (Some viewers may find the language of the film objectionable.)

PRODUCER: Peter Davis
DIRECTORS: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines
EDITORS/CINEMATOGRAPHY: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines

AWARD: U.S. Film Festival, First Prize

SERIES PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Middletown Film Project, New York, NY
YEARS PRODUCED: 1979-1982
SERIES PRODUCER: Peter Davis

FORMAT: 16mm, Video
Programs 1, 4, 5 (60:00), Program 2 (90:00), Program 3 (80:00), Program 6(120:00)

DISTRIBUTORS: First Run/Icarus Films (program 6, Seventeen) Programs 1-5 not currently available


Middletown Revisited

Documentary

This film examines the relationship of the documentary series (see above) to Robert and Helen Merrill Lynd’s original sociological study of Muncie, Indiana, in the late 1920s.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WIPB/49, Muncie, IN
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Larry A. Dyer
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Tim Merriweather, Linda Furnish
DIRECTOR: Richard Roffman
EDITORS: John Prager, Steve Singer, Ralph Cassano
CAMERA OPERATORS: Debra Steele, Richard Collins, Gary Valente
NARRATOR: Ben Wattenburg

FORMAT: Video (58:55)

DISTRIBUTOR: Ball State University, University Libraries, Educational Resources/Public Services (on-site viewing only)


A Midwife’s Tale

Documentary/Drama

This dramatic exploration is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Martha Ballard, a midwife in Maine during the decades following the American Revolution. Ballard delivered over 800 babies while struggling against poverty, disease, domestic abuse, and social turmoil on the northern frontier of a young nation. Her story is interwoven with the quest of a historian to uncover Ballard’s world in a sparsely detailed diary.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Filmmaker’s Collaborative/Blueberry Hill Productions, Watertown, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Rebecca Eaton, Judy Crichton, Margaret Drain
PRODUCER/WRITER: Laurie Kahn-Leavitt
DIRECTOR: Richard P. Rogers
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Stein, Steven Poster
EDITORS: William A. Anderson, Susan Korda
CAST: Kaiulani Lee, Ron Tough, Laurel Ulrich, Kevin Jubinville, Waneta Storms, Henriette Ivanans, Patricia Welbourn, Tari Signor, Andrew Miller, Ronald Spurles, Paula Dawson, Eric Jaillet, Andrew Power, Charlie Rhindress, John Cail, Wendy Way, Dawn McKelvie Cyr, Sarah Evans, Alyson Green, Guy Grenier, Susan Hayward, Doug Sutherland, Mia Dillon, J. Smith Cameron, Gil Rogers, Joel Hunter, Robert Jones, Kaiulani Kimbrell, Ruth Anderson, Jim Belding, Wallace Brown, Darrel Butler, Janet Monid, Jenny Munday, Peter O’Neill, Tom Oldenburg, Cecil Sharpe

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: San Francisco Film Festival, Silver Spire Award; Northampton Film Festival, Kodak Vision Award; American Association of State and Local History’s Top Media Award; New England Historical Association’s Top Media Award; Bronze Apple; Emmy; Cine Golden Eagle; Vancouver International Film Festival; St. Louis Film Festival; Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival; DC Women in Film Festival; Atlantic Film Festival; INPUT International Public Television Screening Conference; The Hampton’s International Film Festival; San Francisco International Film Festival; Green Mountain Film Festival; International Family Film Festival; Nortell Palm Springs International Film Festival; Northampton Film Festival; Maine Women’s Film Festival; Silver Images Film Festival

FORMAT: Video (88:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Mill Times

Documentary

The film, based on renowned author-illustrator David Macaulay’s book Mill, takes viewers on a whirlwind journey through the industrial revolution, beginning with the founding of America’s first textile mill in the 1790s and ending in modern times. Macaulay hosts the one-hour, family-oriented program, rich with a colorfully animated, character-driven story that is interwoven with insightful, live-action documentary segments.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Unicorn Projects, c/o Henninger Capitol, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Larry Klein
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Mark Olshaker, Larry Klein
DIRECTOR: Larry Klein
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Terry Hopkins and Mike Fox
EDITORS: Mickey Green, James Butler
NARRATOR: David Macaulay
CAST: Derek Jacobi, John Sessions, Richard Clifford, Shira Ginsberg, Mike Wilson, Richard Bebb, Brook Butterworth, R. Scott Thompson, Alena Wright, Doreen Keogh, Dan Russell, Andrew Wynn

PRINT MATERIALS: PBS Video

FORMAT: Video (56:46)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Mission US

Digital-Based Series of online role-playing games

This series of free, interactive online games is designed to give students in grades 5 to 9 a first-person perspective on American history. The first game in the series, Mission 1: “For Crown or Colony?” puts players in the shoes of Nat Wheeler, a 14-year-old printer’s apprentice in 1770 Boston who must decide if his loyalties lie with the Patriots or Loyalists. In Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” players take on the role of Lucy King, a fictional 14-year-old enslaved person in Kentucky in 1848. As players navigate her escape and journey to Ohio via the Underground Railroad, they discover that life in the “free” North is dangerous and difficult. The website includes resources to support use of Mission US in the classroom, including lesson plans, document-based activities, primary source documents, vocabulary activities, background on historical figures, writing prompts, and more.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WNET, New York, NY

YEAR PRODUCED: 2010

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Jill Peters

PRODUCER: Michelle Chen

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: 2011 NETA Conference: Winner for Instructional Content/Learning Object in the Instructional Media category (received score 60 of 60 from judges); Nominated: 2012 History Makers Award – Best Interactive Production

DISTRIBUTOR: Available online


Mississippi Triangle

Documentary

This film explores the emergence of the Chinese community in the Mississippi Delta and examines economic and civil rights issues, education, labor, and class in the Delta.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Film News Now Foundation, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Christine Choy
CODIRECTORS: Worth Long, Allan Siegel

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Berlin International Film Festival; FILMEX (Los Angeles); Dorothy Arzner Film Festival, Critics’ Award

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (110:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Third World Newsreel


Mitsuye and Nellie: Asian-American Poets

Documentary

This film portrays the experience of two poets, Mitsuye Yamada, Japanese-American, and Nellie Wong, Chinese-American. Among the issues explored are Japanese-American internment, Chinese immigration, intergenerational conflict in Asian-American families, and the dispelling of Asian-American stereotypes.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Mitsuye and Nellie Film Project, San Francisco, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
PRODUCER: Allie Light
DIRECTOR: Irving Saraf
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emiko Omori
CAST: Mitsuye Yamada, Nellie Wong

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Women Make Movies


Molders of Troy

Drama

From 1859 to 1876, Brain Duffy, resisting pressure from his fellow Irish immigrants, organizes Troy’s iron molders into one of the country’s strongest unions.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Bowling Green Films, Inc. and WMHT, Schenectady, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1979
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Jack Ofield
WRITERS: W.W. Lewis, Paul Wilkes
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Daniel J. Walkowitz
RESEARCH DIRECTOR: Barbara Abrash

FORMAT: 16mm (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Most Dangerous Woman in America

Documentary

“Woman Cook a Walking Typhoid Fever Factory,” said the headline in a New York City newspaper in 1907. The woman was Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who as “Typhoid Mary” would become a notorious symbol of a public health menace. Mary Mallon’s ordeal took place at a time when the new science of bacteriology was shaping public health policies in America for the first time, and her case continues to hold lessons amid today’s heightened concerns about communicable diseases. The documentary unfolds like a detective story, interweaving dramatizations, interviews and archival materials. The Most Dangerous Woman in America dramatizes how an otherwise ordinary woman was transformed by forces well beyond her control into an extraordinary symbol of her era. The program is based on the book Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health, by Judith Walzer Leavitt. Leavitt, who is professor of medical history and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, is one of several noted experts interviewed by NOVA. Also featured is Anthony Bourdain, the celebrated chef at New York’s Les Halles restaurant and author of Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Nancy Porter Productions, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 2004
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Paula Apsell
PRODUCERS: Peter Frumkin, Laura LeMarr
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Nancy Porter
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Boyd Estus
EDITOR: Peter Rhodes
NARRATOR: Richard Donat
CAST: Marion Tomas Griffin, Natalie Rose, Jere Shea

PRINT MATERIALS: Teacher’s Guide, WGBH-TV

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Cine Golden Eagle; New York Festivals Silver Medal; Screened at Harvard School of Public Health

FORMAT: Video 58:46 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH Boston Video


Murder At Harvard

Documentary

Murder At Harvard uses a combination of film-noir style drama and present-day documentary footage to tell the true tale of one of the most famous American crimes of the nineteenth-century: the grisly murder of eminent Bostonian George Parkman by Harvard Professor John Webster in November 1849. It tells two stories in parallel: the murder itself and historian Simon Schama’s journey into the past to seek the “truth” behind the mystery and to pose the question: how do we ever know for certain what happened in the past?

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Independent Documentary
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Drain
PRODUCERS: Melissa Banta, Eric Stange
DIRECTOR: Eric Stange
WRITERS: Eric Stange, Melissa Banta, Simon Schama
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Boyd Estus
EDITOR: Peter Rhodes
NARRATOR: Simon Schama
CAST: Tim Sawyer, Stephen Benson, Sean McGuirk

PRINT MATERIALS: PBS web site: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/murder/

FORMAT: Video 60:00 mins.
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


My Palikari

Drama

Greek immigrant Pete Panakos, the proprietor of a small cafe in Yonkers, New York, returns to Greece with his son. There they reshape their conceptions of the village and each other.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Television in the Humanities, Inc., Atlanta, GA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Horwatt
PRODUCERS: Sue Jett, Tony Mark
DIRECTOR: Charles S. Dubin
SCRIPTWRITER: George Kirgo
STORYWRITER: Leon Capetanos
EDITOR: Richard Bracken
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ennio Guarnieri
MUSIC: John Cacavas
CAST: Telly Savalas, Keith Gordon, Edye Byrde, Lori-Nan Engler

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Caridi Entertainment


Nat Turner A Troublesome Property

Documentary

Nat Turner A Troublesome Property is a groundbreaking exploration of slavery, race, violence and memory in American life. The film examines the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831, the most significant slave rebellion in our nation’s history, as both an historical event and a subject of historical memory. The filmmakers have interviewed a broad range of contemporary black and white descendants, historians, writers, and artists. The film weaves selections from these interviews into a rich narrative reflecting the multifaceted legacy of Nat Turner in America today. The film also presents Nat Turner as an important figure in American historical memory through selected dramatic recreations based on images and words found in folklore, poetry, novels and plays from 1831 to the present. We explore how the publication in 1967 of William Styron’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Confessions of Nat Turner, incited a bitter debate over issues of race and memory. The passions released by this fictional depiction of a major African American leader by a major white Southern writer are still felt today.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: LLC, Santa Barbara, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002 (educational version) - 2003 (PBS version)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Frank Christopher
PRODUCER: Kenneth H. Greenberg
DIRECTOR: Charles Burnett
WRITERS: Frank Christopher, Kenneth H. Greenberg, Charles Burnett
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Demps
EDITORS: Michael Colin, Frank Christopher
NARRATOR: Alfre Woodard
CAST: Carl Lumbly, Tom Nowicki, Tommy Hicks, James Opher, Megan Gallacher, Michael Lemelle, Reshara Coleman, Mark Joy, Justin Dray, Harry Kollatz, Laurel Lyle, Tony Miratti, Billy Dye, Patrick Waller

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Athens International Film Fest, US Film Festival; Hollywood Black Film Festival; Black Filmmaker’s Hall of Fame and the Long Beach Film Festival

FORMAT: 56 mins
DISTRIBUTORS: Educational Distribution: California Newsreel and PBS Exhibition: Independent Lens


New York: A Documentary Film

Documentary Series

The series chronicles the history of the city from its beginnings in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its preeminence today as a global center of culture and commerce. The series draws on an unparalleled archive of paintings, prints, photographs, newsreels and motion pictures, as well as the countless men and women—celebrated and obscure—who lived in, struggled in, and built the city. Through narratives, on-camera testimony, and a collection of first-person historical quotes—from travelers, diarists, reporters, and New Yorkers themselves—the series reveals the confluence of human, social, and technological forces that converged in New York to usher in the modern world.

Program 1
The Country and the City (1609–1825)
Identifies the key themes that formed the spine of New York’s history: commerce and capitalism, diversity and democracy, transformation and creativity. This episode chronicles the arrival of the Dutch, the impact of the English and the horrors of colonial slavery, and New York’s role in the critical years during and after the American Revolution. The episode ends with the extraordinary burst of entrepreneurial energy that culminated in the building of the Erie Canal, which launched New York on its course to becoming the first national city in America.

Program 2
Order and Disorder (1825–65)
Already established as America’s premiere port, New York swelled into the nation’s greatest industrial metropolis as a massive wave of German and Irish immigration turned the city into one of the world’s most complex urban environments, bringing a host of new social problems. The city’s artists, innovators, and leaders—from Walt Whitman to the designers of Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux—grapple with the city’s growing conflicts, which culminate in the catastrophic Civil War Draft Riots of 1863.

Program 3
Sunshine and Shadow (1865–98)
The spotlight shines on the growth, glamour, and grief of New York during America’s giddy postwar “Gilded Age.” Exploring the incomparable wealth of the robber barons and the unabashed corruption of political leaders like Tammany Hall boss William M. Tweed, this episode examines the era when the expansion of wealth and poverty built to a crescendo. The episode ends as the city itself dramatically expands its boundaries, annexing Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island into a single massive metropolis.

Program 4
The Power and the People (1898–1914)
In the new century, the extraordinary interplay of capitalism, democracy, and transformation surged to a climax. During a single generation, more than 10 million immigrants arrived in New York. The city itself became an even more dramatic lure with the construction of the first subways and skyscrapers. Arising from the plight of New York’s most exploited citizens came landmark legislation that would eventually transform the lives of all Americans.

Program 5
Cosmopolis (1914–31)
In this short but dazzling period, New York became the focal point of an extraordinary array of human and cultural energies, reaching its highest levels of urban excitement and glamour. In just over a decade, New York gave birth to its signature skyscrapers, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings, artistic creations such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” and the jazz compositions of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. Along the way, Harlem emerged as the undisputed capital of the African American experience, and the new media industries of advertising, radio networks, public relations, and magazines found homes in midtown Manhattan.

Program 6
The City and the World (1931–2000)
The series concludes with an extraordinary overview of the last 69 years of New York’s and America’s modern history, years that took the nation through the Depression and the New Deal; World War II; the economic and population booms of the 50s; the social revolutions of the 60s; the decay and recessions of the 70s; and the rebuilding, resurgence and re-evaluation of the 80s and 90s. Viewed by many as the capital of the world, New York became home to the United Nations and new generations of migrating Americans and international immigrants.

PRODUCTION ORGANZATION: Steeplechase Films, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1999-2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ric Burns
< PRODUCERS: Lisa Ades, Ric Burns
DIRECTOR: Ric Burns
WRITERS: Ric Burns, James Sanders
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Allen Moore
EDITORS: Li-Shin Yu, Ed Bartoski, David Hansen, Nina Schulman
NARRATOR: David Ogden Stiers
INTERVIEWS: Kenneth T. Jackson, Mike Wallace, Thomas Bender, Robert Caro, David Levering Lewis, David McCullough, Ann Douglas, John Kuo Wei Tchen, Marshall Berman, Margo Jefferson, John Steele Gordon, Robert A.M. Stern, Ada Louise Huxtable, Alfred Kazin, Pete Hamill, Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, Caleb Carr, E.L. Doctorow, the late Allen Ginsberg, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Tony Kushner, Fran Lebowitz, Phillip Lopate, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Albert Murray, Anna Quindlen, Martin Scorsese, Donald Trump. Also featured are the dramatic voices of Joan Allen, Philip Bosco, Keith David, Spalding Gray, Frederic Kimball, Robert Sean Leonard, David Margulies, Frank McCourt, Joe Morton, George Plimpton, Frances Sternhagen, Eli Wallach.

AWARDS: Emmy for achievement in picture editing in nonfiction programming; Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Silver Baton

PRINT MATERIALS: New York: An Illustrated History, Ric Burns and James Sanders with Lisa Ades (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999)

FORMAT: Video 6 (120:00) episodes

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Niagara Falls: The Changing Nature of a New World Symbol

Documentary

This film explores the changing cultural and historical significance of Niagara Falls.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Florentine Films, Northampton, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Diane Garey, Larry R. Hott
EDITOR: Steve Alves
NARRATOR: Adolph Caesar

AWARD: American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (29:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


No Job For a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII

Documentary

Before World War II, war reporting was considered “no job for a woman.” But when the United States entered the war, American women reporters did not want to miss covering the biggest story of the century so they fought for and won access. But there was a catch: women reporters would be banned from the frontlines, prevented from covering front page stories about generals and battlefield manoeuvres and assigned "woman's angle" stories about nurses and female military personnel. Several refused to abide by these journalistic conventions and military restrictions and, instead, brought home a new kind of war story: one that was more intimate yet more revealing. They reached beyond the battlefield and deep into human lives to tell a new story of war. Combining rarely seen archival footage and stills with actors reading the written words of the three main characters and interviews with contemporary female war reporters, the film focuses on the lives and work of wire service reporter Ruth Cowan, magazine reporter Martha Gellhorn, and war photographer Dickey Chapelle. The film is narrated by Julianna Margulies, Emmy Award Winner and star of CBS's The Good Wife.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Hurry Up Sister Productions, LLC, New York City, NY

YEAR PRODUCED: 2011

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michele Midori Fillion, Jeanne Houck

PRODUCERS: Michele Midori Fillion, Maria Agui Carter

DIRECTOR: Michele Midori Fillion

WRITERS: Michele Midori Fillion, Maia Harris

EDITOR: Kate Hirson

NARRATOR: Julianna Margulies

CAST: Portraying Ruth Cowan: Kathleen McNenny, Portraying Dickey Chapelle: Dorothea Harahan, Portraying Martha Gellhorn: Elyse Mirto

PRINT MATERIALS: On-line presskit available here.

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation Grant (2008); New York State Council for the Arts (2009); Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund (2009); Educational Foundation of America Grant (2010); 14th International Hemingway Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland; Director Michele Midori Fillion invited to present clips of the film (2010) at conference; Newswomen’s Club of New York screening 2011; March 9, 2011 private screening at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum; Sarasota International Film Festival 2011; They That Have Bourne the Battle – Vet’s Fest screening; Best Use of Archive Nomination History Maker’s Conference 2012; Flying Broom International Film Festival, Ankara Turkey 2012; Vancouver International Film Festival 2012; Far Out East Film Festival 2012; American Studies Association Conference Puerto Rico; Peterborough International Film Festival 2013

FORMAT: DVD (61:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Women Make Movies


One on Every Corner: Manhattan’s Greek-Owned Coffee Shops

Documentary

This film examines Manhattan’s neighborhood coffee shops and their role as a means of support and social mobility for new Greek immigrants who run them.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: International Women’s Film Project, Washington, DC

YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
COPRODUCERS: Doreen Moses, Andrea Hull
EDITOR: Andrea Hull
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tom Siegel

AWARD: CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (48:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Currently unavailable


One Woman, One Vote

Documentary

This program tells the story of the seventy-year struggle to win the right to vote for women in America. Culminating in the 1920 passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution, it examines the suffrage movement’s leaders, triumphs, defeats, and internal divisions.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Educational Film Center, Annandale, VA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1995 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER for The American Experience: Judy Crichton
PRODUCER/WRITER: Ruth Pollak
COPRODUCER/COWRITER: Felicia Widmann
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Pearce, Erich Roland
EDITORS: Patty Stern, A.C. Warden
NARRATOR: Susan Sarandon
HOST for The American Experience: David McCullough
VOICES: Karen Allen, Pat Carroll, Julie Harris, Linda Hunt, Amy Irving, Richard Kiley, Frances Sternhagen, Nina Totenberg, Doug Brown, Franchelle Dorn, Helen Hedman, Sarah Marshall, Alice McGill, Pamela Nyberg, Richard Stillwell, Henry Strozier

FORMAT: Video (106:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Orphan Trains

Documentary

This program tells the story of the first large-scale foster care program in American history when from 1854 to 1929, the Children’s Aid Society, a private New York charity, sent 100,000 orphans and other poor city children on trains to rural communities across the nation to begin new lives with foster families.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Edward Gray Films, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Crichton
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Janet Graham, Edward Gray
WRITER: Edward Gray
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Edward Marritz, Gary Steele
EDITOR: Josh Waletzky
COEDITOR: Kenneth Levis
NARRATOR: Stacy Keach

FORMAT: Video (57:30)

DISTRIBUTOR: contact PBS Video


Out of Ireland

Documentary

Focusing on eight specific lives, this film traces the history of Irish immigration to America, from the famine-swept villages of 19th-century Ireland to the industrialized cities of 20th-century America.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American Focus, Inc., Charlottesville, VA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
PRODUCERS: Paul Wagner, Ellen Casey Wagner
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Paul Wagner
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Erich Roland
EDITORS: Paul Wagner, Neil Means, Reid Oechslin
NARRATOR: Kelly McGillis
VOICES: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Gabriel Byrne, Brenda Fricker

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance Film Festival; Chicago International Film Festival, Certificate of Merit; Cork (Ireland) Film Festival; Denver International Film Festival

PRINT/AUDIO MATERIAL: Out of Ireland, companion book by Kerby Miller and Paul Wagner (Elliott and Clark, 1994); CD and cassette of soundtrack available through Shanachie Entertainment (see below)

FORMAT: Video, 16mm (111:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video (educational)

Shanachie Entertainment (home video)

Charles Schuerhoff (international)


The Other Side of Victory

Drama

The Other Side of Victory dramatizes the problems facing ordinary American soldiers during the Revolutionary War, explaining why most ultimately chose to stay and fight.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: New York State Bicentennial Commission
YEAR PRODUCED: 1976
PRODUCER: Ira Barmak
DIRECTOR: Bill Jersey
WRITERS: Richard Wormser, Ira Barmak
CAST: Josh Clark, William Sanderson, Tom Waite, Jamie Ross, David Naughton, Roberta Maxwell, Mark Margolis, Steve Simpson

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Bill Jersey Productions/Quest Productions


Paradox on 72nd Street

Documentary

Through observations of passersby in a New York neighborhood over a three year period, this film examines the paradox of how we can be “our individual separate selves and, at the same time, the working part of others.”

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Equinox Films and WNET/13, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Gene Searchinger

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Equinox Films, Inc.


A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America

Documentary

This film examines the impact of epidemic disease on American society and culture. First person narratives from polio survivors, their families, nurses, doctors, and journalists are coupled with archival images to create a portrait of America as it struggled to combat the annual epidemics and the fear that they brought with them.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for History in the Media, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
PRODUCERS: Nina Gilden Seavey, Paul Wagner
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Nina Gilden Seavey
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allen Moore, Reuben Aaronson
EDITOR: Catherine Shields
NARRATOR: Olympia Dukakis

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS: 1998 Golden Apple Award, National Media Network for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking; Golden Hugo Award in the History and Biography category, International Communication Film and Video Festival (INTERCOM); Erik Barnouw Prize, “best historical film”; Emmy, “Best Research in a News or Documentary program”

FORMAT: Video (88:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The George Washington University


Past/Present: 1906

Video Game

An irreverent, surprising, and fresh approach to teaching social history to secondary schoolers, Past/Present: 1906 is an immersive digital video game where players live the lives of Americans from eras past. Players can impersonate one of two protagonists living in the fictional New England mill town of Eureka Falls a century ago: Anna Caruso, a young Italian immigrant worker at the Boylston Mill, or Walter Armbruster, the mill’s young manager. They will move through the game world alongside a series of non-playing characters who represent various jobs, personalities, backgrounds, and political views. Past/Present: 1906 is set against the backdrop of growing labor struggles in an economically harsh climate. It’s a tense time – labor unrest is on the rise, and players will have to decide which side they stand on.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for New American Media, New York, NY

YEAR PRODUCED: 2012

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian

PRODUCERS: Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian

GAME DESIGNERS: Bert Snow and Jeremy Monken, Muzzy Lane Software                                    

PRINT MATERIALS: Teacher guides and student materials at pastpresent.org

DISTRIBUTOR: Center for New American Media


Partners of the Heart

Documentary

Partners of the Heart tells the story of Vivien Thomas and Alfred Blalock, whose discoveries saved the lives of thousand of “blue babies”—children born with a deadly heart defect. The men’s stunning success ushered in a new era of cardiac medicine and launched modern heart surgery. At age 19, with only a high school degree and at a time when his color barred him from being treated in many hospitals, Thomas embarked on a 34-year partnership with Blalock, a white surgeon. His journey is a bittersweet, overlooked American story of personal triumph.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Spark Media, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Andrea Kalin
PRODUCER: Andrea Kalin
DIRECTORS: Andrea Kalin, Bill Duke
WRITERS: Lou Potter, Andrea Kalin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Rhode
EDITORS: Susan Fanshel, Barbara Burst
NARRATOR: Morgan Freeman

PRINT MATERIALS: Partners of the Heart: An Autobiography by Vivien Thomas, available through University of Pennsylvania Press

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: CINE Award; Chris Award; American Black Film Festival, Miami, FL; Nashville Independent Film Festival, Nashville, TN; Hot Springs Film Festival, Hot Springs, AZ; St. Louis International Film Festival, St. Louis, MO; High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, NY; Memphis Film Festival; Bermuda International Film Festival; Worldfest Fest-Houston International Film and Video Festival

FORMAT: Video & DVD 58:00
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Pearl Harbor: Surprise and Remembrance

Documentary

This film examines Japanese-American relations and the events leading to the attack on Pearl Harbor, with special emphasis on the way in which various interpretations of events and evidence arise from conflicting national purposes and personal insights.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American Studies Film Center, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1991 (first broadcast on The American Experience)
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Lance Bird, John Crowley, Tom Johnson
WRITER: Tom Johnson
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mead Hunt
EDITORS: Victor Kanefsky, Julianna Parroni
NARRATOR: Jason Robards

FORMAT: Video (85:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


The People’s Plague: Tuberculosis in America

Documentary

This film chronicles America’s response to tuberculosis, from 1850 to the present, and the relationship of the disease to science, medicine, public policy, literature, cultural myth, and social and ethical considerations.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Florentine Films, Haydenville, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lawrence R. Hott, Diane Garey
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Lawrence R. Hott, Diane Garey
WRITER: Kage Kleiner
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allen Moore
EDITORS: Rikk Desgres, Diane Garey
NARRATOR: Joe Mantegna

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Finalist, International Documentary Film Festival; Northhampton Film Festival, National Educational Media Network Gold Apple

FORMAT: Video (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited (English version)


The Performed Word

Documentary

This film explores the structure and style of African-American preaching, the sermon as performance, and the nature of oral performance in secular and sacred environments.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Anthropology Film Center Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981

PRODUCER: Gerald Davis
CODIRECTORS: Carlos de Jesus, Ernest Shinagawa
EDITORS: Ernest Shinagawa, Paul Grindrod
WRITERS: Gerald Davis, Ernest Shinagawa
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Hiroaki Tanaka, Rick Butler
NARRATOR: Gerald Davis

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Center for Southern Folklore


Picture Bride

Drama

This film tells the story of a young woman from Japan who ventures to Hawai’i as a picture bride in 1918. She has always dreamed of a “love marriage,” but by becoming a picture bride she can leave behind a difficult life in Japan. Through a matchmaker, she exchanges photos and letters with a plantation laborer in Hawai’i, and a match is made. Picture Bride portrays the immigrant men and women of Hawai’i’s early plantations who surmounted the initial stumbling blocks of racism and fear to lay the foundation for a successful multi-ethnic society.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Cecile Company, Ltd.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1995
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Paul Mayersohn
PRODUCERS: Diane Mei Lin Mark, Lisa Onodera
DIRECTOR: Kayo Hatta
WRITERS: Kayo Hatta, Mari Hatta
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Claudio Rocha
EDITORS: Linzee Klingman, A.C.E., Mallory Gottlieb
CAST: Youki Kudoh, Yoko Sugi, Rev. Shoin Hoashi, Keiji Morita, Michael Hasegawa, Akira Takayama, Peter Clark, Warren Fabro, Lito Capina, Tamlyn Tomita, Michael Ashby, Glenn Cannon, James Grant Benton, Kati Kuroda, Hatsuko Otsuka, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kyle Kakuno, Dawn Saito, Christianne Mays, Toshiro Mifune, Moe Keale, Nobu McCarthy

AWARDS AND FESTIVALS: Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film, Sundance Film Festival, 1995; San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival; Cannes Film Festival

FORMAT: Video (95:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Miramax Films


Prince Among Slaves

Documentary

In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from the Gambia River, its hold laden with a profitable but highly perishable cargo—hundreds of men, women and children bound in chains—headed for American shores. Eight months later, a handful of survivors found themselves for sale in Natchez, Mississippi. On the slave auction block, one of them, a 26-years-old male named Abdul Rahman Ibrahima, is an African prince.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Unity Productions Foundation, Silver Spring, MD
YEAR PRODUCED: 2007
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Alex Kronemer, Michael Wolfe
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Andrea Kalin, Raki Jones
DIRECTORS: Andrea Kalin, Bill Duke
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Rhode
EDITOR: David Grossbach
NARRATOR: Mos Def
CAST: Marcus Mitchell, Bruce Holmes, Dawn Ursula, John C. Bailey, Wilson White, Theodore M. Snead

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Best Documentary 2007 at the American Black Film Festival; Cine Golden Eagle; Grand Goldie Film Award: for excellence in Direction presented to Andrea Kalin

FORMAT: Audio: (60:00)
DISTRIBUTORS: Unity Producitons Foundation & PBS


PRI’s The World

Documentary Radio Series

The World examines patterns and realities of post-1965 immigration in America, illuminating one of the most dramatic intersections of domestic and international affairs and one that profoundly affects our nation’s character. By calling upon such subjects as history, linguistics, and sociology to inspire and inform its coverage, The World uncovers dimensions of immigration often overlooked by other news programs in their retelling of current affairs.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH-Boston, Boston, MA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert Ferrante
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Carol Hills, Anthony Brooks, Jackie Mow, Patrick Cox, Marco Werman, Boris Maxsimov, Jeb Sharp, Ken Bader, Clark Boyd, Katy Clark; Lisa Mullins, Rebecca Roberts
DIRECTOR: Traci Tong
EDITORS: Ken Bader, Carol Hills
HOST: Lisa Mullins, Tony Kahn

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: The Massachusetts Broadcasting Association Star Award (first place) for coverage of Irish immigrants in the United States and the different educational and occupational profiles of successive generations of arrivals

FORMAT: Video (59:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: Public Radio International


The Probable Passing of Elk Creek

Documentary

This film considers the impact of a government-funded dam on two communities north of San Francisco, both of which are to be flooded: the predominantly white community of Elk Creek which opposes it, and the Nomlaki Indians of the Grindstone Creek Indian Reservation who are ambivalent.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Tocayos Films and KTEH, San Jose, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: John W. Bloch, Elie Abel, Peter Baker
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER/NARRATOR: Rob Wilson
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mahlon Picht, William Zarchy, David Ambriz
EDITORS: Susan Slanhoff, Richard Chasen

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Cinema Guild, Inc.


Prohibition

Documentary

Prohibition is a six-hour documentary film series that explores the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.  The series examines the social, political, and cultural forces that converged to make the Amendment’s passage possible, the far-reaching impact of Prohibition on American life, and the country’s eventual disillusionment with the edict, which culminated in repeal. The series accompanied by extensive educational outreach materials.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Florentine Films, Walpole, NH

YEAR PRODUCED: 2011

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ken Burns

PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick

WRITER: Geoffrey C. Ward                           

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Allen Moore, Stephen McCarthy                     

EDITORS: Tricia Reidy, Erik Ewers, Ryan Gifford                                             

NARRATOR: Peter Coyote

CAST: Patricia Clarkson, Blythe Danner, Paul Giamatti, Tom Hanks, John Lithgow, Oliver Platt

PRINT MATERIALS: available online  

FORMAT: DVD 3 Episodes, Approximately six hours

DISTRIBUTORS: PBS and WETA          


The Pueblo Revolt

Radio Drama

This two-part program dramatizes the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, during which the Pueblo Indians attacked Santa Fe and drove the Spanish out of New Mexico until 1692.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM
YEAR PRODUCED: 1980
PRODUCER: Mel Lawrence
DIRECTOR: Phil Austin
WRITER: Peggy Schneider

FORMAT: Audiocassette
2 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: Currently unavailable


Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey

Documentary

The film takes an indepth look at the life and legacy of the African American scholar and statesman Ralph Johnson Bunche (1903-1971) who, in 1949, successfully negotiated armistice agreements between Israel and its four Arab neighbors. Despite a life of extraordinary achievements that included a Nobel Peace Prize-the first ever awarded to a person of color anywhere in the world-today Bunche is arguably one of the most overlooked public figures of the 20th century. The pioneering contributions Bunche made to international conflict resolution, decolonization and peacekeeping at the United Nations over a period of more than two decades are the primary focus of the documentary. The film also takes a critical look at the less well-known, but important, role he played in advancing the cause of human rights around the world and civil rights at home. In bringing these major achievements to light, this biography begins the process of restoring Ralph Bunche to his rightful place in American and world history.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: William Greaves Productions, Inc, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: William Greaves
PRODUCER: Louise Archambault
DIRECTOR: William Greaves
WRITERS: William Greaves, Leslie E. Lee
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jerry Pantzer, Joe Mangine
EDITOR: Stephen J. Mack, Christopher Osborn, Paul Srp, Linda Hattendorf
NARRATOR: Sidney Poitier

PRINTED MATERIALS: Teachers’ Guide, Instructors’ Notes, Press kit, Poster

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Houston International Film Festival - Gold Award, Feature documentary; Philadelphia International Film Festival, Gold Award, Feature documentary; Black International Cinema (Berlin), best film/video by a Black Filmmaker; Sundance Film Festival 2001, selected for competition; Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2001, selected for screening; USA International Film Festival (Dallas), selected for competition; Full Frame International Documentary Film Festival, selected for competition; Pan African Film Festival 2002, selected for competition

FORMAT: Video 117 mins.
DISTRIBUTOR: William Greaves Productions, Inc.


Ralph Ellison: An American Journey

Documentary

A documentary portrait of Ralph Ellison, author of the American literary classic, Invisible Man, employing rare archival footage and interviews of notable authors and scholars Toni Morrison, Cornel West, Robert O’Meally, Clyde Taylor, Terrence Rafferty and others, An American Journey explores Ellison’s illustrious career and major achievements as well as the controversies that surrounded him. A special feature of the program is the first ever presentation of selected dramatic scenes adapted from Invisible Man.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: New Images Productions, Inc., Berkeley, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Avon Kirkland
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Bobby Shepherd
EDITOR: Ken Schneider
NARRATOR: Andre Braugher
PRINT MATERIALS: Teacher’s Guide available at http://www.pbs.org/

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: 2002 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition; Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival; Denver Pan African Film Festival; San Francisco Black Film Festival; 2002 DeBalie Film Festival; Amsterdam

FORMAT: Video 87:00
DISTRIBUTOR: California Newsreel


Rebuilding the Temple: Cambodians in America

Documentary

This film examines the influence of traditional Khmer Buddhism and culture on the adjustment of Cambodian refugees to life in America.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Florentine Films, Haydenville, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1990
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Claudia Levin, Lawrence R. Hott
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Allen Moore, Bruce Jacoby
EDITOR: Sharon Sachs
NARRATOR: Linda Hunt

FORMAT: Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Documentary

In his first speech after the end of the Civil War, President Lincoln began with only a few words of celebration of the recent victory. He went straight to the problem at hand, acknowledging that there was no agreed-upon plan for the future, and warning that the way ahead would be fraught with great difficulty. Spanning the years 1863 to 1877, this American Experience mini-series tells the story of the tumultuous years after the Civil War during which America grappled with how to rebuild itself, how to successfully bring the South back into the Union and at the same time how the former slaves could be brought into the life of the country. This three-hour series interweaves the stories of key political players in Washington—among them, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Grant—with the stories of ordinary people, black and white, Republican and Democrat, in the North and South, whose lives were caught up in the turbulent struggles of the era.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2003
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Elizabeth Deane, Llewellyn Smith, Patricia Garcia-Rios
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kyle Kibbe
EDITORS: Randall MacLowry, Peter Rhodes
NARRATOR: Dion Graham
CAST: Richard E. Swanson, William R. Faulkner, John L. Spencer, James Devine, Richard Moody, Jean Wyatt, Jennifer Lynn Moses, Michael Ortiz

PRINT MATERIALS: Teachers’ Guide available on program website: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reconstruction

FORMAT: Video 90:00 mins. (2X90) programs
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton

Documentary

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton tells the dramatic story of our least understood founding father.  Brookhiser walks the paths of Hamilton’s life, from the Caribbean islands where he was born, to Yorktown and Wall Street where he fought and worked, to Harlem and Weehawken, where he lived and died. We hear a Treasury Secretary, a Supreme Court Justice, publishers, warriors, pornographers, lawyers, calypso singers and urban gang members talk about money, rights, news, battle, sex and honor—all the themes that shaped Hamilton’s life, helped him make modern capitalist America, and led to his death in the most famous duel in American history.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Manifold Productions, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael Pack, Gina Cappo Pack, Leo Eaton
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Michael Pack
WRITER: Richard Brookhiser
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Anthony Forma, Allen Moore
EDITOR: Joseph Wiedenmayer
HOST: Richard Brookhiser

PRINT MATERIALS: Educational materials are available at www.manifoldproductions.com.                      ...

FORMAT: Video/DVD (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Manifold Productions, Inc.


Remembering Jim Crow

Documentary Radio

Jim Crow gripped the South for eighty years, and race relations today are still deeply marked by its system of repressive laws and customs. Correspondents Stephen Smith, Kate Ellis and Sasha Aslanian examine the neglected “middle years” of America’s segregation story, through the voices of people—both black and white—who lived through it. Remembering Jim Crow draws on interviews conducted by the Center for Documentary Studies’ “Behind the Veil” oral history project and new, original field work by American RadioWorks.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American RadioWorks/Minnesota Public Radio
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bill Buzenberg
PRODUCERS: Stephen Smith, Kate Ellis, Sasha Aslanian
EDITOR: Deborah George
HOST: Deborah George

PRINT MATERIALS: Text and audio of the radio documentary; slideshows; information about Jim Crow laws and other resources are available on the website www.americanradioworks.org/features/remembering/index.html

FORMAT: One hour-long radio report, two newsmagazine reports on NPR’s Morning Edition, two eight-minute reports on the Travis Smiley Show and an extensive companion website

DISTRIBUTOR: National Public Radio


Remembering Slavery

Documentary/Radio Series

This is a series of two one-hour radio documentaries which describe daily life under slavery using rare voice-recorded interviews with former slaves made in the 1930s and 1940s. In addition to the actual voices of former slaves, Remembering Slavery uses dramatic readings by nationally known performers such as James Earl Jones, Debbie Allen, and Louis Gossett, Jr., and the narration of Tonea Stewart to bring to life readings from the written transcripts of more than 3,000 interviews with former slaves.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Smithsonian Productions, Washington, DC, and Institute of Language and Culture, Clanton, AL
YEAR PRODUCED: 1999
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Wesley Horner
PRODUCERS: Kathie Earnell, Jacquie Gales Webb
DIRECTOR: Paul Johnson
WRITERS: Judlyne Lilly, Jacquie Gales Webb
EDITORS: Jacquie Gales Webb, John Tyler, Todd Hulslander
NARRATOR/HOST: Tonea Stewart
CAST: Debbie Allen, Clifton Davis, Louis Gossett, Jr., James Earl Jones, Jedda Jones, Melba Moore, Esther Rolle, John Sawyer

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: New York Festivals International Radio Awards: Gold World medal, Best Narration; Bronze Worldmedal, Best History Series; Finalist, Best Sound; American Museum Association, Honorable Mention; 1999 Museum Publications Design Competition (for enhanced CD/press kit); National Catholic Association for Communicators, Gabriel Award

PRINT MATERIALS: Study guides and companion book/tape set available through The New Press, 450 West 41st St, New York, NY 10036. See also the website: http://www.rememberingslavery.org/

FORMAT: Video (2 hours)

DISTRIBUTOR: Public Radio International


Reporting America At War

Documentary

Reporting America at War chronicles over one hundred years of American war correspondents, from the Spanish American War through the present day and the conflict in Iraq. The documentary also traces the evolutionary nature of media-military relations in that period, through the experiences and reflections of the correspondents themselves. The revelations offer critical insights into how Americans perceive armed conflict, and the role of a free press in a democracy at war. A special coda added analysis of the experiences of the embedded reporters during the Iraq War.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WETA, Arlington, VA, and Insignia Films, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dalton Delan, David S. Thompson, Robert A. Wilson
PRODUCERS: Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak
DIRECTOR: Stephen Ives
WRITER: Michelle Ferrari
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squiers
EDITORS: George O’Donnell, Toby Shimin
NARRATOR: Linda Hunt

PRINT MATERIALS: Companion book, Hyperion Press

FORMAT: Video 180:00 mins. (2X90)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Richard J. Daley: The Last Boss

Documentary

This is the story of Richard J. Daley (1902–76), including his rise to power as mayor of Chicago, his controversial rule, and eventual decline as arguably the most powerful urban politician in American history.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Social Media Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1995
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Judy Crichton
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Barak Goodman
WRITERS: Barak Goodman, Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jonathan Smith, Buddy Squires
EDITOR: Bruce Shaw
NARRATOR: David McCullough

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Public Media Inc.


The Richest Man in the World: Andrew Carnegie

Documentary

This film is a personal portrait of one of the great entrepreneurs of the nineteenth century who, for millions, became the embodiment of the American dream. In 1876, with the nation in the midst of the greatest technological revolution in history, Carnegie predicted a fundamental shift from the use of wood to the use of iron and steel in railroad construction, bridges, and modern building.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS (The American Experience): Judy Crichton, Margaret Drain
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Austin Hoyt
CO-PRODUCER: Gilda Brasch
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Terry Hopkins
EDITOR: Sarah Holt
NARRATOR: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers

PRINT MATERIAL: Press kit from The American Experience

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Erik Barnouw Award

FORMAT: Video (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow

Documentary

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow tells the story of the African American struggle for freedom during the era of Jim Crow between 1880 and 1954. This was perhaps the most oppressive time in African American history when whites segregated, disfranchised and brutalized blacks. Yet, African Americans continually sought ways to challenge and subvert Jim Crow.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Videoline Productions/Quest Productions
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Bill Jersey, Bill Grant
PRODUCERS: Bill Jersey, Sam Pollard, Richard Wormser
DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Bill Jersey, Richard Wormser
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Brian Dowley, Bobby Shepard, Pierre Valette
EDITORS: Tom Hanake, Max Salomon, Pierre Valette, Garrett Levin, Aaron Butler
NARRATOR: Richard Roundtree

PRINT MATERIALS: Available through WNET

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: George Foster Peabody Award

FORMAT: Video 4 programs 60:00 each
DISTRIBUTOR: California Newsreel


Roanoak

Dramatic Series

This three-part drama covers the period 1584–90 and examines the first prolonged contact between English explorers and the Algonquian-speaking Indians on Roanoke Island. Drawing on the perspectives of both peoples, it considers the relationship between “Lost Colony” governor John White and two Native Americans. The series concludes with the disappearance of the colony, which remains a mystery.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: First Contact Films, Inc., and The South Carolina ETV Network, Spartanburg, SC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Lindsay Law
PRODUCERS: Timothy Marx, James K. McCarthy
COPRODUCERS: Robin C. Maw, Dina Harris
DIRECTOR: Jan Egleson
WRITERS: Dina Harris, James K. McCarthy
EDITOR: Bill Anderson
CAST: Victor Garber, Joseph Running Fox, Tino Juarez, Will Sampson

PRINT MATERIAL: Viewer’s Guide available

FORMAT: Video (180:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Robert E. Lee

Documentary

He is celebrated by handsome equestrian statues in countless cities and towns across the American South, and by no less than five postage stamps issued by the government he fought against during the four bloodiest years in American history. Nearly a century and a half after his death, Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration. This film examines the life and reputation of the general, whose military successes made him the scourge of the Union and the hero of the Confederacy, and who was elevated to almost god-like status by his admirers after his death.


PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WGBH, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2010
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Mark Samels
PRODUCER/WRITER: Mark Zwonitzer
DIRECTORS: Mark Zwonitzer, Jamila Wignot
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Michael Chin
EDITOR: Bruce Shaw
NARRATOR: Michael Murphy

PRINT MATERIALS:  Program transcript and teachers guides available on the website: www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/lee
 
FORMAT: Video/DVD (90:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


School: The Story of American Public Education

Documentary

This four-part series journeys though history and across the nation to recapture the idealism of our education pioneers, the remarkable revolution that ensued, and the turmoil that marks our public school system today. School is a compelling odyssey that weaves archival footage, rare interviews and on-site coverage into an unprecedented portrait of America’s great education experiment.

Program 1
The Common School (1770–1890)
profiles the passionate crusade launched by Thomas Jefferson and other reformers to educate all citizens rich and poor and ensure the survival of the democracy.

Program 2
As America as Public School (1900–50)
recalls the dramatic story of how massive immigration, child labor laws, and the explosive growth of cities transformed public education.

Program 3 Equality (1950–80)
covers the tempestuous era when public schools became a major battle ground in the fight for equality for minorities and women.

Program 4
The Bottom Line (1980–the present)
explores the wide range of “free-market” educational experiments-from charter schools to privatization—that emerged in the wake of A Nation at Risk, the Reagan Administration’s shocking report on America’s education crisis.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Stone Lantern Films, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
PRODUCERS: Sarah Mondale, Sarah Patton
DIRECTORS: Sarah Mondale, Vera Aronow
WRITER: Sheila Curran Bernard
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allen Moore, Tome Hurwitz, Roger T. Grange, III, Mead Hunt
EDITOR: Marion Hunter
NARRATOR: Meryl Streep
PRINT MATERIALS: Outreach materials available through Roundtable, Inc., phone number: 781/893-3336

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival; Silver Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition; 1st Place-Gold Camera Award, Show 2-Education Category, U.S. International Film and Video Festival; Cine Golden Eagle

FORMAT: Video 4 programs 60:00 each
DISTRIBUTOR: Films for the Humanities and Sciences


Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

Documentary

This is the story of the arrests, trials, and ultimate vindication of nine black youths in Depression-era Alabama accused of rape by two white women.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Social Media Productions, Brooklyn, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2000
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Drain
PRODUCERS: Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Barak Goodman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires
EDITOR: Jean Tsien
NARRATOR: Andre Braugher

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: National Primetime Emmy; Best Non-Fiction Special; Academy Award Nomination; Writers Guild Award (Barak Goodman); Erik Barnouw Award (Organization of American Historians); Sundance Film Festival; Docfest, Audience Award; Hotsprings Film Festival; Doubletake Film Festival

FORMAT: Video 90 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Search and Seizure: The Supreme Court and the Police

Documentary

This film examines the history and impact of the Fourth Amendment, from its origins in the colonial period through varying interpretations by the Supreme Court.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Film Odyssey, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Karen Thomas

WRITERS: Karen Thomas, Jack McDonald, Wayne Lafave
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Terry Hopkins, Erich Roland
EDITOR: Martha Conboy
HOST/NARRATOR: Roger Mudd

FORMAT: Video (56:30)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Seasons of a Navajo

Documentary

This film documents a year in the life of the Neboyias, a Navajo couple who farm, weave, and tend sheep from a traditional hogan (dwelling) in Arizona.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Peace River Films and KAET, Tempe, AZ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Anthony Schmitz
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Joana Hattery
DIRECTOR: John Borden
EDITOR: Michel Chalufour
CINEMATOGRAPHY: John Borden, Doug Shaffer
NARRATOR: Will Lyman

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; CINE Golden Eagle

FORMAT: Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Seeing Red

Documentary

Seeing Red looks at the American Communist Party’s goals, organization, and eventual decline in light of McCarthyism and revelations about Stalinism.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Heartland Productions, Dayton, OH
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
CODIRECTORS/COPRODUCERS: James Klein, Julia Reichert
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Aaron Ezekiel

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Academy Award nominee, Best Feature Documentary; American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; Chicago International Film Festival, Bronze Hugo; New York Film Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (100:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: New Day Films


Sentimental Women Need Not Apply

Documentary

This film chronicles the emergence and evolution of professional nursing, and explores the realities and myths that have characterized the field.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Florentine Films, Haydenville, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Diane Garey, Lawrence R. Hott
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Allen Moore
EDITOR: Sharon Sachs
NARRATOR: Elaine Princi
MUSIC: Richard Einhorn

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple, Women’s Issues Category; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Award of Excellence

FORMAT: Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


The Shakers

Documentary

This film traces the growth, decline, and continuing survival of the Shakers, a remarkable and influential religious sect, through the memories and rich song traditions of the surviving Shakers themselves. It includes performances by the late Eldress Baker, a leading singer of the Shaker community still active at Sabbathday Lake, Maine.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Davenport Films, Delaplane, VA and the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC, Chapel Hill, NC.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1974
PRODUCERS: Tom Davenport, Frank Decola
EDITOR: Louis Stieg

FORMAT: Video (30.00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Davenport Films


Shannon County

Documentary

This two-part film examines the economic, cultural, and psychological expectations of the inhabitants of the Ozarks region of southern Missouri, and juxtaposes those expectations against past experiences and present reality.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Center for Ozarks Studies of Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, and Veriation Films, Palo Alto, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Robert Flanders
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Robert Moore
EDITORS: Robert Moore, Lise Rubinstein, David Espar

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; CINE Golden Eagle; The Margaret Mead Festival

FORMAT: 16mm, Video
Part 1, Shannon County: Home (67:00), Part 2, Shannon County: The Hearts of the Children (57:00)

DISTRIBUTORS:

Veriation Films (16mm)

Center for Ozarks Studies (video)


Simple Justice

Drama

Based on Richard Kluger’s book of the same name, Simple Justice is the story behind Brown v. Board of Education—the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case that ended racial segregation in American public schools.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: New Images Productions, Inc., Berkeley, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1992
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Avon Kirkland
PRODUCERS: Yanna Kroyt-Brandt, Preston Holmes
DIRECTOR: Helaine Head
WRITERS: John McGreevey, Avon Kirkland, Peter Cook
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Joe Wilcots
EDITOR: Gary Princz
CAST: Peter Francis James, James Avery, George Grizzard, Pat Hingle, Denise Burse-Mickelbury, William Neely, Andre Braugher, Sam Gray, Diana Scarwid, Annie Murray, Matthew Arkin

AWARDS: National Educational Film and Video Festival, Gold Apple, “Best Biography”; Houston International Film Festival, Gold Medal; CINE Gold Eagle; National Education Association, Award for Advancement of Learning through Broadcasting

FORMAT: Video (2 hrs., 18 mins.)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Slavery by Another Name

Documentary

Slavery by Another Name challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South in 1865, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality. It was a system in which men, often guilty of no crime at all, were arrested, compelled to work without pay, repeatedly bought and sold, and coerced to do the bidding of masters. Tolerated by both the North and South, forced labor lasted well into the twentieth century. Slavery by Another Name gives voice to the largely forgotten victims and perpetrators of forced labor and features their descendants living today. To help fill this void, Slavery by Another Name seeks to educate, demystify, and to capture the forgotten voices in our country’s history so we can learn and move forward as a nation.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., St. Paul, MN
YEAR PRODUCED: 2012
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Catherine Allan, Douglas A. Blackmon
DIRECTOR: Sam Pollard
WRITER: Sheila Curran Bernard
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Andrew Young
EDITORS: Jason I. Pollard, Ezra Gold
CAST: Turron Kofi Alleyne, Alex Carney, Melvin Cox, Ananias J. Dixon, Shane Guilbeau, Roxanne Roberts Hankins, Jaquay Arnold, Tim Kirkpatrick, Derek J. Lovett, Carl McGhee, Sayyed Shabazz, William Jason Sumners, Randy Watson, Gabe Cain, Vincent Cheatham, Timothy Craig, Tim Grady, Emeline Hankins, Tyler Hollinger, Curt Karibalis, David Kramer, Tom Martin, Alesha Renee, Raymond Spencer, Rudy Thomas                                    
NARRATOR: Laurence Fishburne

PRINT MATERIALS: High school and college classroom educational materials in the subjects of History, Civics and Social Justice, English and Media Literacy and Economics as well as community education/discussion guides are available for download, www.pbs.org/tpt/slavery-by-another-name/classrooms

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Pan African Film Festival—Winner of Festival Programmers’ Award—Documentary
                                                     
FORMAT: DVD (86.46)
DISTRIBUTORS: PBS Distribution
 


Stories from the Spirit World: Legends of Native Americans

Radio Series (Documentary and Drama)

This four-part series presents the mythology and heritage of the Cahuilla and Chumash Indians of southern California and of the Nahuatl-speaking (Aztec) peoples of pre-Columbian Mexico. The programs feature dramatizations of episodes from the myths as well as discussions of their themes and role in traditional tribal cultures.

Program 1
The Old Ways Are Gone: The Cahuilla Indians of Southern California
introduces the Cahuilla creation myth, featuring contemporary native songs, dances, and games, with historic Cahuilla language recordings.

Program 2
The Legend of the Sun: Aztec Mythology
considers creation cycle stories popular among the Nahuatl-speaking people of Mexico, especially the Aztecs.

Program 3
December’s Child: Chumash Mythology
is adapted from a book of the same name, which presents a collection of Chumash oral narratives.

Program 4
Confrontation of Mythologies
features a dialogue between Aztec priests and European missionaries that took place in 1524, an exchange that was reconstructed in 1564 by a Catholic priest and a group of Aztec informants in a document known as Colloquios y Doctrina Christiana.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Voices International, New York, NY
YEARS PRODUCED: 1985-86
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Everett C. Frost
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/WRITER: Faith Wilding
NARRATORS: Marcos Gutierrez (Program 1); Katherine Siva Saubel (2); Jimmie Skaggs (3); Tony Amendola (4)

FORMAT: Audiocassette
Program 1 (two versions, 60:00 and 90:00); Programs 2 & 3 (60:00); Program 4 (30:00)
Note: In the three-part Soundplay series package, Program 1 has been cut to 60:00 and Program 4 is excerpted in Program 2

DISTRIBUTOR: Pacifica Program Service/Radio Archive


Strangers and Kin

Documentary

Strangers and Kin examines the history of stereotypes associated with people living in the Appalachian Mountains.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Appalshop Films, Whitesburg, KY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1984
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Herb E. Smith
WRITERS: Herb E. Smith, Helen Lewis, Don Baker

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Appalshop Films


The Supreme Court’s Holy Battles

Documentary

This program explores the history of the First Amendment’s clauses on religion, from colonial thought and culture through significant Supreme Court decisions regarding the separation of church and state.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Film Odyssey, Inc., Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 1988
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Karen Thomas
COPRODUCER: George Wolfe
WRITERS: Karen Thomas, George Wolfe
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Erich Roland, Terry Hopkins, Judy Irola, Don Sellars
EDITOR: Mark Muheim
CORRESPONDENT: Roger Mudd

PRINT MATERIAL: Companion Guide available

FORMAT: Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Talk to Me: Americans in Conversation

Documentary

This film examines Americans’ shared national identity, drawing upon a wide range of American icons—from Walt Whitman and Duke Ellington to the Preamble to the Constitution, Star Trek, and The Wizard Of Oz—to create a composite portrait. The program profiles communities in four very different regions of the country, featuring interviews and conversations with historians and writers as well as farmers, grandmothers, high-school kids, and downsized steelworkers.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Arcadia Pictures, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
PRODUCERS: Andrea Simon, Jack Briggs
DIRECTOR: Andrea Simon
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Jerry Pantzer, Wayne Delaroche
EDITORS: Lawrence Silk, Jane Zipp
INTERVIEWS: Allan Gurganus, Mary Pipher, Gordon Wood, Rosemary Bray, Randall Kennedy, John Kuo Wei Tchen, Ammiel Alcalay, John Mack Faragher, Tomás Atencio, and others

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Gold Medal-documentary, 1996 Charleston WorldFest.

PRINT MATERIAL: Discussion Guide/Resource Kit for use in setting up a community conversation on American identity. There is also a 22-minute “trigger film” called Toward a More Perfect Union, based on material from the longer program. Call Arcadia Pictures for information at 212-580-1299.

FORMAT: Video (57:20)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Cinema Guild, Inc.


There She Is: A History of Miss America

Documentary

This tells the story of the world’s most famous beauty pageant, while exploring the larger themes of what it means to be an American and what the definition of the “ideal” American woman is. In selecting that ideal year after year, the Pageant has had a history of controversy over who is to be included and who is to be excluded, raising important questions pertaining to beauty, class, race, religion, sex and women’s roles in our society. Combining rare archival footage and still photographs with live footage of the Pageant today, the film features on-camera interviews with a host of distinguished commentators including Gloria Steinem, Willima Goldman, Margaret Cho, Isaac Mizrahi, Julia Alvarez and former Miss Americas Bess Myerson, Lee Meriwether and Mary Ann Mobley.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Orchard Films, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lolavan Wagenen, Jeanne Houck
PRODUCERS: Lisa Ades, Lesli Klainberg
DIRECTOR: Lisa Ades
WRITER: Michelle Ferrari
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Peter Nelson
EDITOR: Toby Shimin
NARRATOR: Cherry Jones

PRINT MATERIALS: Press kit available through Orchard Films

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Sundance Film Festival; South By Southwest/ Doubletake (Full Frame)

FORMAT: Video 98:00 mins
DISTRIBUTOR: Orchard Films


This Far By Faith: African-American Spiritual Journeys

Documentary

The tumultuous and inspirational journey of spiritual renewal and transformation is the theme of This Far by Faith, a major new television series from Blackside, Inc., producers of Eyes on the Prize, and Malcolm X: Make It Plain, and The Faith Project, Inc. an independent identity created to complete This Far by Faith. The series presents a dramatic interpretation of the African-American religious experience in six hours of dramatic narrative storytelling. Black religious institutions and individuals helped lead the first for the abolition of slavery, offered new political ideals and leadership during Reconstruction, provided shelter and opportunity during the years of migration, immigration, and through the Great Depression; and fueled the movement for civil rights in the middle of the twentieth century. In the years since, these individuals and institutions have formed a vanguard in the search for answers to problems facing the nation. This Far by Faith tells their stories and examines their legacies.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Faith Project, Inc., c/o Dasi, New York City, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2003
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: June Cross, Dante James
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Noland Waler, June Cross, Lulie Haddad, Alice Markowitz, Valerie Linson, Leslie Farrell
EDITORS: Michael Simollari, Tracy Baumgardner, Sandra Christie, Jonathan Sahula, Jean Boucicaut, Gina Sohn
NARRATOR: Lorraine Toussaint

PRINT MATERIALS: This Far By Faith: Stories from the African-American Religious Experience available through Harper Collins

FORMAT: Video 3 programs 2 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: Blackside, Inc.


Three Sovereigns for Sarah

Drama

Three Sovereigns for Sarah is a three-part drama that depicts the Salem witch trials of 1692 by focusing on the story of three sisters, distinguished matrons in the community, who were caught up in these events. The script is based on existing trial manuscripts and on the writings of Sarah Cloyce, the youngest sister and the only one to escape the hanging tree.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: NightOwl Productions, Nahant, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Michael Uslan
PRODUCERS: Ben Melniker, Victor Pisano
DIRECTOR: Philip Leacock
WRITER: Victor Pisano
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Larry Pizer
EDITOR: Stan Salfas
CAST: Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick McGoohan, Phyllis Thaxter, Kim Hunter, Ronald Hunter, Will Lyman

FORMAT: Video
3 (56:00) programs

DISTRIBUTORS:

PBS Video

NightOwl Productions (for large groups or special events)


Through Deaf Eyes

Documentary

Through Deaf Eyes is a two-hour documentary exploring nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film presents the shared experiences of American history—family life, education, work, and community connections—from the perspective of deaf citizens. Interviews include community leaders, historians, and deaf Americans with diverse views on language use, technology and identity. Bringing a Deaf cinematic lens to the film are six artistic works by Deaf media artists and filmmakers. Poignant, sometimes humorous, these films draw on the media artists’ own lives and are woven throughout the documentary. But the core of the film remains the larger story of Deaf life in America—a story of conflicts, prejudice, and affirmation that reaches the heart of what it means to be human.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: WETA and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2007
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Karen Kenton, Dalton Delan
PRODUCERS: Lawrence Hott, Diane Garey
WRITER: Ken Chowder
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allen Moore, Michael Chin, Stephen McCarthy, John Baynard
EDITOR: Steve Peguignot
NARRATOR: Stockard Channing

PRINT MATERIALS: Viewer and educational guides, press materials and photos are available for download at the project’s companion website, pbs.org/throughdeafeyes

AWARDS/FESTIVAL: Deaf Rochester Film Festival, April, 2007

FORMAT: Video/DVD 2 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: WETA


Thurgood Marshall Before the Court

This documentary concentrates on Justice Marshall’s career before he joined the United States Supreme Court. Marshall is best known as the first African American appointed to the Supreme Court. Justice Marshall may also be known to many as the lead attorney in Brown v. Board of Education. Yet many Americans are unfamiliar with the full scope of Marshall’s 30-year career striking at the legal framework of Jim Crow and establishing the foundation for modern civil rights law. In the 1940s and 50s, Marshall was perhaps the most recognized civil rights leader in the country—he was often called “Mr. Civil Rights.” This comprehensive documentary project highlights contributions made by Marshall and key legal partners and by the courageous African Americans across the South who risked their jobs and safety to press their grievances in local courts.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: American RadioWorks/Minnesota Public Radio, St Paul, MN
YEAR PRODUCED: 2004
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Bill Buzenberg
PRODUCERS: Stephen Smith, Catherine Ellis
EDITOR: Deborah George
NARRATOR: Deborah Amos
COORDIANTING PRODUCER: Sasha Aslanian
PROJECT MANAGER: Misha Quill
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Ellen Guettler
WEB PRODUCER: Ochen Kaylan

PRINT MATERIAL: A printable transcript of the program is available on the website: www.americanradioworks.org/features/marshall

FORMAT: One hour
DISTRIBUTORS: National Public Radio


The Trial of Standing Bear

Drama

The Trial of Standing Bear dramatizes an 1879 case adjudicated in the U.S. District court in Omaha, Nebraska, establishing that Native Americans have protection under the Constitution.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc., Lincoln, NE
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Eugene Bunge
LINE PRODUCER: Dan Jones
DIRECTOR: Marshall Jamison
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Bob Hicks
STORY: Adapted from The Ponca Chiefs by Thomas Tibbles
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robert Schoenhut
EDITOR: Michael Farrell
NARRATOR: William Shatner
CAST: Ivan Naranjo, George Ede, Carmen de Lavallade, George Riddle

FORMAT: Video (90:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Nebraska ETV


The Time of the Lincolns

Documentary

Elected President only to see the nation fracture in two, Lincoln led a confused and frightened people through the most terrible war in their history. At the same time, his own household mirrored the fissures that rent the nation: the great emancipator was married to the daughter of a slave owner from Kentucky. Mary Todd Lincoln was an aristocratic southerner who met Lincoln when he was still a backwoods politician lacking in experience and sophistication. Although she remained fiercely loyal to her husband and the Union cause, two of her brothers fought for the South. Their marriage was long and turbulent and knew many trials, including the loss of two children. This mini-series weaves together the lives of the two Lincolns drawing us into their long-vanished world. The enhanced DVD adds a range of additional voices to the story of the Lincolns, including those of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, nurse Mary Bickerdyke, former slaves Harriet Jacobs and J. W. Loguen, Confederate spy Rose Greenhow, and Confederate foot soldier Sam Watkins and his Union counterpart, George Beidelman.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH Educational Foundation, PBS, and David Grubin Productions, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Drain
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: David Grubin
WRITERS: David Grubin, Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Calanan
EDITORS: Tom Haneke, Deborah Peretz, Seth Bromse
NARRATOR: David McCullough
CAST: David Morse, Holly Hunter
PRINT MATERIALS: Limited press kits available through WGBH; transcript and teachers’ guides available on program website, www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/

FORMAT: Video 3 X 120 mins plus enhanced materials on DVD and program website
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


TR: The Story of Theodore Roosevelt

Documentary

This film looks deep into the life of the man who embodied the confidence and exuberance of America at the turn of the century, revealing both the heroic and the tragic sides of Roosevelt’s character. TR combines photographs, newspapers, motion pictures, sound recordings, family diaries and letters, and interviews with scholars, historians, and Roosevelt family members to create a vivid and comprehensive portrait of this larger-than-life figure.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: David Grubin Productions, Inc., New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Judy Crichton
PRODUCER: David Grubin
WRITERS: David Grubin, Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Callahan, William B. McCullough, Roger Phenix
EDITORS: Geof Bartz, Howard Sharp
NARRATORS: David McCullough, Jason Robards

FORMAT: Video 2 (120:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Triumph at Carville

Documentary

Triumph at Carville documents the triumph over one of mankind’s most feared diseases—leprosy. The program outlines the history of one of the most unusual communities in American history: the national leprosarium in Louisiana known as “Carville,” a refuge for leprosy patients from all over the world. Crafted from contemporary interviews, as well as old radio shows, movie news accounts, and other archival materials—including exclusive photographs taken by a longtime patient—the documentary takes viewers inside Carville and introduces them to patients, nuns, doctors, and staff who lived and worked there. The personal narratives are underscored by original music composed and performed by Grammy-winner Bela Fleck, accompanied on bass by Grammy-winner Edgar Meyer and other world-class musicians.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Wilhelm Group, Inc.
YEAR PRODUCED: 2005
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: John L. Wilhelm
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: John Wilhelm, Sally Squires
DIRECTOR: John Wilhelm
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Allen Moore
EDITOR: Barbara Ballow
NARRATOR: Michael Tolaydo

PRINT MATERIALS: Brochures available through The Wilhelm Group, Inc.

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: In 2009 in Emmy, Peabody, and National Academies 2008 competitions

FORMAT: Video/DVD 56:46 mins.
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


Tupperware: Earl and Brownie’s Plastic Empire

Documentary

Tupperware: it’s a plastic product, a company, a marketing phenomenon, an enduring icon. A Tupperware party takes place somewhere in the world every 2.5 seconds. How did it happen? Tupperware tells the remarkable story of Earl Silas Tupper, an ambitious but reclusive small-town inventor, and Brownie Wise, the self-taught saleswoman who built him an empire out of bowls that burped. Brownie was an intuitive marketing genius who trained a small army of Tupperware Ladies to put on Tupperware parties in living rooms across America in the 1950s. She rewarded her sales force with minks and modern appliances at extravagant annual jubilees. Her saleswomen earned thousands, even millions of dollars, selling Tupperware. And the experience changed their lives. At a time when women were being sent back to the kitchen, these women got around their husbands by starting up their own businesses—based in their kitchens.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Blueberry Hill Productions - Filmmakers Collaborative, Watertown, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2003
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Mark Samels, Margaret Drain
PRODUCERS: Laurie Kahn-Leavitt, Robin Hessman
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Laurie Kahn-Leavitt
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Stein
EDITOR: William Anderson
NARRATOR: Kathy Bates

PRINT MATERIAL: See Study Guide at www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/tupperware

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Banff Rockie Award - Best History/Biography Program 2004 - worldwide; Savannah Film Festival jury prize - best documentary; nominated by the International Documentary Association as best documentary of the year in the continuing series; Montreal Film Festival, Silvedocs Festival, Maine International Film Festival, Mill Valley (CA) Film Festival, Savannah (GA) Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain), High Falls Film Festival (Rochester NY), Northampton (MA) Film Festival, Fort Landerdale (FL) Film Festival; St. Louis International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival/Amsterdam, Sarasota (FL) Film Festival, Sedona (AZ) Film Festival, Bermuda International Film Festival, DocAviv Film Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel), Full Frame Film Festival (NC), Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival (MA)

FORMAT: 62 mins (52 for broadcast version)
DISTRIBUTORS: PBS Video


The Two Lives of Asa Earl Carter

Documentary Radio

Asa Carter was a speechwriter for George Wallace in Alabama and penned one of the most infamous speeches of the era...Wallace's “Segregation Now, Segregation Forever” address. Forrest Carter was a Cherokee writer who grew up in Tennessee.  His autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, is a beloved classic that has sold millions of copies around the world. These two men could not have been more different…. Except, they weren’t. This is the story of one of the strangest literary hoaxes of the twentieth century.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Radio Diaries, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2012
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Joe Richman

PRINT MATERIALS: www.radiodiaries.org

FORMAT: DVD (13.00)
DISTRIBUTORS: NPR and All Things Considered


The Two Worlds of Angelita (Los Dos Mundos De Angelita)

Drama

Told through the eyes of a nine-year-old girl, this drama portrays the dilemmas faced by a Puerto Rican family as they migrate from the island to the barrios of New York’s Lower East side.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Casa del Autor Puertorriqueno, San Juan, PR
YEAR PRODUCED: 1982
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Jane Morrison
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Lianne Halfon
WRITER: Jose Manuel Torres Santiago
EDITOR: Suzanne Fenn
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Alfonso Beato
MUSIC: Dom Salvador
CAST: Marien Perez Riera, Rosalba Rolon, Angel Domenech Soto, Delia Esther Quinones

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Film Festival, Red Ribbon; U.S. Film Festival; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (73:00)
In Spanish with English subtitles

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


Ulysses S. Grant

Documentary

This multi-hour biography of Ulysses S. Grant paints a nuanced portrait of one of America’s most paradoxical leaders. The greatest hero of the Civil War, Grant was a brilliant military strategist who rose from obscurity to a rank held previously only by George Washington. However, the strength of the Confederate resistance forced Grant into a hard war that destroyed the South and led to his being labeled “a butcher.” Propelled into the White House by his battlefield success, Grant lacked the political skills to deal with the issues of the era: reconstructing the South and managing the nation’s rapidly expanding economy. His two terms were rocked by bitter racial conflict and corruption scandals. Seven years after leaving office, Grant was financially ruined by the collapse of an investment house in which he had placed his assets. He spent his final days in a race against time as he battled cancer while finishing his epic war memoirs.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WGBH-The American Experience, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2002
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Margaret Drain, Elizabeth Deane
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS: Adriana Bosch, Elizabeth Deane
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Terry Hopkins, Buddy Squires, Boyd Estus
EDITOR: Jon Neuberger, Bill Lattanzi
NARRATOR: Liev Schreiber
Cast: Alex Ingram, Julia Dent, Janine Jacques, John Jacques, Harry Bulkeley, Derek Nelson

PRINTED MATERIALS: outreach resources can be found on the program’s website, www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/grant

FORMAT: Video 4 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Unfinished Journey: The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Documentary Radio Series

Two hundred years ago, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery to explore the recently acquired Louisiana Territory and, beyond it, the lands extending to the Pacific Ocean. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the 28-month, 7,680-mile expedition, collecting information on the peoples, flora, fauna, geography, and history of the territory that would later become a significant part of the nation. While tracing and documenting the human, environmental, and political issues that were left in the expedition’s wake, the series gives voice to historians, anthropologists, and textual scholars and engages Native American experts, musicians, storytellers, and poets.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR, and Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland, OR
YEAR PRODUCED: 2005
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Clay Jenkinson, Morgan Holm
PRODUCER: Eve Epstein
HOST: Peter Coyote

PRINT MATERIALS: Transcripts available at http://www.opb.org/lewisandclark/unfinishedjourney/episodes.html A companion DVD with extended interviews and visual imagery is also available.

FORMAT: Audio 13:53 minute programs
DISTRIBUTOR: Public Radio International


The U.S.-Mexican War 1846–1848

Documentary

The U.S.-Mexican War (1846–1848) tells the dramatic story of a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory—including all of the states of the present American Southwest—to the United States. The documentary series explores the events surrounding the conflict between two neighboring nations struggling for land, power, and identity.

Program I
Neighbors and Strangers
In 1836, Texans—most of them immigrants from the United States—rebel against Mexico. A Mexican army arrives in Texas to put down the rebellion, but is defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto. Ten years later, Texas is annexed by the United States, and the United States and Mexico become embroiled in a border dispute. In April 1846, Zachary Taylor’s troops clash near the Rio Grande with Mexican forces under the command of General Mariano Arista. The battles at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma signal the beginning of war.

Program II
The War for the Borderlands
In June of 1846, an army of 1,600 soldiers begin a 900-mile march to conquer the Mexican territory of New Mexico. In California, wealthy rancher Mariano Vallejo is imprisoned by a group of U.S. settlers in the Bear Flag Revolt, which gives birth to the short-lived independent Republic of California. When Mexico still refuses to surrender, U.S. President Polk turns his attention to the “Halls of Montezuma,” Mexico City itself.

Program III
The Hour of Sacrifice
In 1846, former Mexican President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna returns from exile to unite Mexico against the U.S. invasion. President Polk formulates a plan to open a second front against Mexico. In 1847, Santa Anna’s troops meet Zachary Taylor’s army on a furrowed plain near the small hacienda of Buena Vista. Winfield Scott lands 10,000 U.S. soldiers on the beach at Veracruz. Scott and Santa Anna meet at Cerro Gordo in a battle that turns into a rout of the Mexican army. Defeated but unbowed, Santa Anna falls back to Mexico City to defend the capital.

Program IV
The Fate of Nations
The U.S. army reaches the Mexican capital defended by 20,000 Mexican solders led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. The battle for Mexico City begins with heavy casualties on both sides. Mexican defenders fight back courageously, but the capital is finally forced to surrender. General Winfield Scott rides triumphantly into Mexico City to occupy the fabled “Halls of Montezuma.” On February 2, 1848, the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed, and a new border is established between Mexico and the United States.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc., Dallas, TX
YEAR PRODUCED: 1998
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Sylvia Komatsu
PRODUCERS: Sylvia Komatsu, Paul Espinosa, Andrea Boardman, Ginny Martin, Rob Tranchin
DIRECTOR/EDITOR: Ginny Martin
WRITER: Rob Tranchin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ginny Martin, Allen Moore
NARRATOR: Bruce DuBose

AWARDS: Emmy Award for Historical Programming with Limited Dramatization for the episode “The Fate of Nations.”

PRINT MATERIALS: Companion book through Bay Books and educational curriculum through PBS Video

FORMAT: Video 4 (60:00) episodes

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video (Note: A Spanish language version is also available).


Village of No River

Documentary

Featuring a mix of old and new footage, this film explores the impact of modern life and technology on Kwigillingok, a small Eskimo village of 200 people located one mile from the Bering Sea in southwestern Alaska.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Newark Museum Association, Newark, NJ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/WRITER: Barbara Lipton
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Stuart Hersh
EDITOR: Vincent Stenerson
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Craig Makhitarian
NARRATOR: Elsie Jimonie

FESTIVAL: Margaret Mead Film Festival

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Newark Museum


The War

Documentary

The War explores the history of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who get caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. The film focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically diverse American towns—Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. Individuals from each community take the viewer through their own personal and quite often harrowing journeys into war, painting vivid portraits of how the war dramatically altered their lives and those of their neighbors. The War is an attempt to describe, through their eyewitness testimony, what the war was actually like for those who served on the front lines, in the places where the killing and the dying took place, and equally what it was like for their loved ones back home. The film does not sentimentalize, glorify or aestheticize the war, but instead simply tells the stories of those who did the fighting—and of their families. The film illuminates the intimate, human dimensions of a global catastrophe that took the lives of between 50 and 60 million people—of whom more than 400,000 were Americans. Through the eyes of these witnesses, it is possible to see the universal in the particular, to understand how the whole country got caught up in the war; how the four towns and their people were permanently transformed; how those who remained at home worked and worried and grieved in the face of the struggle; and in the end, how innocent young men who had been turned into professional killers eventually learned to live in a world without war.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Florentine Films, New York, NY; and WETA, Arlington, VA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2007
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ken Burns
PRODUCERS: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Sarah Botstein, Peter Miller, David McMahon
DIRECTORS: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
WRITER: Geoffrey C. Ward
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires
EDITORS: Paul Barnes, Erik Ewers, Tricia Reidy
NARRATOR: Keith David
CAST: Tom Hanks, Josh Lucas, Bobby Cannavale, Samuel L. Jackson, Eli Wallach

PRINT MATERIALS: For the general public: Viewers Guide, The War / Veterans History Project Field Guide to Conducting and Preserving Interviews; For educators: fourteen lesson plans developed to help teachers use The War in the classroom. Snapshot Activities for classroom use, Search & Explore database, The Power of Story Handbook. All materials are available through the companion website: pbs.org/thewar.

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Honors: Official selection, Cannes Film Festival, May, 2007; Best Documentary Canal Plus, Deauville American Film Festival, 2007; Telluride Film Festival, 2007; Top 10 Shows of 2007—TV Guide, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly; Critics Top Ten for 2007—San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Desert Morning News, Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Sacramento Bee, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Detroit News, San Antonio Express-News, Chicago Daily Herald; History Makers 2008, Best Program Award; Nominated, 2007 Directors Guild of America Award, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary; Nominated, 2007 Writers Guild of America Award; Nominated, Critic’s Choice Award, 2007, Best Television Mini-Series; Christopher Award, 2007

FORMAT: Video/DVD (7 episodes, 15-hours)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The War of 1812

Documentary

The War 1812 is a two-hour film history of a deeply significant event in North American and world history. The war shaped American, Canadian, and British destiny in the most literal way possible: had one or two battles or decisions gone a different way, a map of the United States today would look entirely different. The U.S. could well have included Canada - but was also on the verge of losing much of the Midwest, and perhaps the entire West to boot. The New England states, meanwhile, were poised on the brink of secession just months before a peace treaty was signed. The fires of this war forged the nation of Canada; at the same time, the result tolled the end of Native American dreams of a separate nation. By war's end, the process of Native nation removal had already begun in the southeast, paving the way for a cotton kingdom powered by slavery and a United States that had been on the verge of collapse was ready to announce its arrival as a global power. The U.S. did not win the War of 1812, but the noble experiment of democracy had managed to survive intense pressure from without and within.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc., in association with WETA Washington, DC
YEAR PRODUCED: 2011
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: John Grant, David Rotterman, Dalton Delan, Karen Kenton
PRODUCERS: Lawrence Hott, Diane Garey
DIRECTOR: Lawrence Hott
WRITER: Ken Chowder
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stephen McCarthy
EDITOR: Diane Garey
NARRATOR: Joe Mantegna

PRINT MATERIALS: Companion BookThe War of 1812 - A Guide to Battlefield and Historic Sites, available through PBS Distribution. Bi-national Educators Guide for students in elementary, middle and high school, available for download on www.pbs.org/1812. The War of 1812: An Essay Collection —Scholars featured in the PBS film share their perspectives. Contact WNED at 716-845-7000.

FORMAT: Video/DVD (120:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS


The War That Made America

Documentary

The War That Made America brings to life a vastly important—but often misunderstood—period of American history, a period that set in motion forces that would culminate in the American Revolution. The dramatic documentary tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754–63), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. Narrated by Graham Greene, The War That Made America combines a commitment to accuracy with a compelling filmed portrayal of the dangerous world of the eighteenth-century frontier. A central figure is George Washington, then a brash and ambitious young officer in his twenties hoping to make his reputation in the military, whose blunders actually trigger the war. A primary focus of the series, and a story that has long been distorted or forgotten, is the critical military importance and strategic diplomacy of Native Americans in the conflict between the English and French for the expansion of their colonial empires. It was a war the British won, but the fruit of their victory contained the seeds of the Revolutionary War.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: WQED, The War That Made America Productions LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2006
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Deborah Acklin, Laura Fisher
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Eric Stange, Ben Loeterman
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Pilafian, James Callagnan
EDITORS: William Anderson, Peter Rhodes

PRINT MATERIALS: Teachers guide available on http://www.thewarthatmadeamerica.org/

FORMAT: Video and DVD 4 hours
DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


Washington’s Neighborhoods: A History of Change

Documentary Radio Series

Washington’s Neighborhoods: A History of Change
is an eleven-part radio series tracing the development of the nation’s capital.

Program 1
Washington: The Capital City—Part 1
traces the development of the nation’s capital from its beginning as a swampland village through the mid-nineteenth century.

Program 2
Washington: The Capital City—Part 2
looks at further settlement of the federal city, particularly during the Civil War when Washington’s residents were ambivalent about their loyalties.

Program 3
Georgetown and Alexandria
considers the evolution of both towns from competitive seaports, through decline, to their present status as fashionable residential areas.

Program 4
Anacostia: The Land across the River
chronicles how the Anacostia community became Washington’s first suburb for working people of modest means.

Program 5
Streetcars and Streetcar Suburbs
examines the impact of the trolley, especially as it contributed to socio-economic divisions within the city

Program 6
Monumental Washington
portrays the well-known sites and attractions of the city.

Program 7
LeDroit Park: Washington’s Black Community
focuses on the desegregation of LeDroit Park, once a fashionable suburb for well-to-do white Washingtonians.

Program 8
The Interwar Period: 1920-1940
examines the growth of the city during the Interwar Years.

Program 9
Automobile Suburbs
describes how the automobile led to the development of distant suburbs which, by the end of World War II, were spilling over the city’s boundaries into neighboring Maryland and Virginia.

Program 10
In the Capital’s Shadow: Two Neighborhoods
explores the divergent histories and lifestyles of Capitol Hill and Southwest Washington.

Program 11
The Death and Life of a Great American Downtown
presents the rise and fall of downtown Washington, and the new life that is returning to it.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Washington Ear, Inc., Silver Spring, MD
YEAR PRODUCED: 1981
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Margaret W. Rockwell
PRODUCERS: Larry Massett, Deborah Amos, Thomas Looker, Carol Malmi
WRITERS: Luther Spoeher, Larry Massett, Thomas Locker, Carol Malmi
NARRATOR: Noah Adams

PRINT MATERIAL: A set of fourteen braille and large-type maps of the city, with alphabetical index, is also available.

FORMAT: Audiocassette
11 (60:00) programs

DISTRIBUTOR: The Metropolitan Washington Ear, Inc.


Water and the Dream of the Engineers

Documentary

This film considers the troubled relations between engineering and environmentalism, with attention given to California’s “water wars,” river contamination in New Orleans, and the modern use of old sewage systems.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Cine Research Associates, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Richard Broadman
COPRODUCER: John Grady
WRITERS: Richard Broadman, John Grady
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Nick Doob

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (80:00) The film is also available in two parts, Water History (40:00) and The Shape of a Crisis (40:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Cine Research Associates


We Shall Overcome

Radio Documentary

The history of the song “We Shall Overcome” is recounted through archival tapes and interviews with cultural historian and musician Bernice Johnson Reagon and folksingers Pete Seeger and Guy Carawan.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Public Affairs Media Center, Madison, WI
YEAR PRODUCED: 1983
PRODUCER/WRITER: Judith L. Strasser

FORMAT: Audiocassette (25:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Kaleidoscope Media Service


We Were So Beloved: The German Jews of Washington Heights

Documentary

This film examines the experiences of German-Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and resettled in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Streetwise Films and New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Manfred Kirchheimer
CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Callanan, Steven Giuliano

FESTIVALS: Berlin Festival; FILMEX (Los Angeles)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (145:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


A Weave of Time

Documentary

Through the photography, footage, and observations of anthropologist John Adair, A Weave of Time explores change and continuity over fifty years in a Navajo family in Arizona.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: New York Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1986
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Susan Fanshel
PRODUCERS: Susan Fanshel, John Adair, Deborah Gordon
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Robert Achs, Jack Parsons
EDITORS: Susan Fanshel, Deborah Gordon
MUSIC: Jim Pepper

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Earthwatch Film Award; American Film and Video Festival, Blue Ribbon; National Educational Film and Video Festival, Silver Apple; Margaret Mead Film Festival; Hawaii International Film Festival; International Flaherty Film Seminar; Festival dei Popoli, Florence, Italy; Berlin Film Festival

FORMAT: Video (58:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Direct Cinema Limited


We Shall Remain
Documentary/Drama Series

Tecumseh’s Vision

In the spring of 1805, Tenskwatawa, a Shawnee, fell into a trance so deep that those around him believed he had died. When he finally stirred, the young prophet claimed to have met the Master of Life. He told those who crowded around to listen that the Indians were in dire straits because they had adopted white culture and rejected traditional spiritual ways. For several years Tenskwatawa’s spiritual revival movement drew thousands of adherents from tribes across the Midwest. His elder brother, Tecumseh, would harness the energies of that renewal to create an unprecedented military and political confederacy of often antagonistic tribes, all committed to stopping white westward expansion. The brothers came closer than anyone since to creating an Indian nation that would exist alongside and separate from the United States. The dream of an independent Indian state may have died at the Battle of the Thames, when Tecumseh was killed fighting alongside his British allies, but the great Shawnee warrior would live on as a potent symbol of Native pride and pan-Indian identity.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Steeplechase Films, d/b/a Tecumseh LLC, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCTED: 2008
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sharon Grimberg, Mark Samels
PRODUCER/WRITER: Ric Burns
DIRECTORS: Ric Burns, Chris Eyre
EDITOR: Li-Shin Yu
NARRATOR: Benjamin Bratt
CAST: Billy Merasty, Michael Greyeyes, Dwier Brown

Trail of Tears

The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na-Tlo-Hi-Lu, “The Trail Where They Cried.” On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United States, driving them toward Indian Territory in Eastern Oklahoma. More than 4,000 died of disease and starvation along the way. For years the Cherokee had resisted removal from their land in every way they knew. Convinced that white America rejected Native Americans because they were “savages,” Cherokee leaders established a republic with a European-style legislature and legal system. Many Cherokee became Christian and adopted westernized education for their children. Their visionary principal chief, John Ross, would even take the Cherokee case to the Supreme Court, where he won a crucial recognition of tribal sovereignty that still resonates. Though in the end the Cherokee embrace of “civilization” and their landmark legal victory proved no match for white land hunger and military power, the Cherokee people were able, with characteristic ingenuity, to build a new life in Oklahoma, far from the land that had sustained them for generations.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATIONS: Apograph Productions, New York, NY, and WGBH, Boston, MA
YEAR PRODUCTED: 2009
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sharon Grimberg, Mark Samels
PRODUCERS: Mark Zwonitzer, Rob Rapley
DIRECTOR: Chris Eyre
WRITER: Mark Zwonitzer
EDITOR: Penny Elliot Hays
NARRATOR: Benjamin Bratt
CAST: Wes Studi, Freddy Douglas, Josh Blaylock, Will Finley, Wesley French, Carla-Rae Holland, Emily Podleski

PRINTED MATERIAL: Program/Event Guide – available through Mary Haggerty, Educational Outreach, WGBH, One Guest Street, Boston, MA  02135; Teachers Guide – available online at www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/beyond_broadcast/teach_and_learn

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: Tecumeh’s Vision screened at Indian Market in Santa Fe. and Trail of Tears was the opening night film at the Native American film festival in New York

FORMAT: Video/DVD (90:00 each)
DISTRIBUTORS: PBS (TV) and PBS Distribution (Video, AV, Foreign)


The West

Documentary Series

This eight-part series examines the people and events that shaped the American West, exploring the myths and realities of a nation’s struggle to tame an uncharted wilderness.

Program 1
The People (to 1806)
Spans the 1500s to 1806, beginning with the Europeans’ arrival in the West, their conflict with native people, America’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory, and Lewis and Clark’s epic journey in search of the fabled Northwest Passage.

Program 2
Empire Upon the Trails (1806–48)
Covers the pivotal years when Americans began moving West in significant numbers, following the path of “Manifest Destiny,” determined to make the West their own.

Program 3
The Speck of the Future (1848–56)
Begins in 1848, when James Marshall discovers gold on the American River in California, and tells the story of over 50,000 fortune seekers who swarmed into the Sierra Nevada scrambling for riches and changing the West forever.

Program 4
Death Runs Riot (1856–68)
Examines how the debate over whether new western lands would be slave or free provided the sparks that ignited the Civil War and how, after the war ended, Union heroes used the tactics they had used to defeat the South against the Native Americans of the West.

Program 5
The Grandest Enterprise Under God (1868–74)
Recounts America’s struggle to unite the nation East and West with the construction of the first transcontinental railroad, an astonishing achievement that opens the West to settlement as never before and identifies the United States as an emerging world power.

Program 6
Fight No More Forever (1874–77)
Chronicles groups caught in the path of America’s westward expansion: Sitting Bull and the Lakota, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, and the Mormon patriarch, Brigham Young.

Program 7
The Geography of Hope (1877–87)
Documents the domestication of the West—Indians are sent to boarding schools, the prairies are fenced, and 4.5 million new settlers arrived to “tame” the West and stake a claim to the future.

Program 8
One Sky Above Us (1887–1914)
Shows that while much of the “wild west” did come to an end with the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890, the hopes and dreams that have always shaped the West still burn brightly.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Co-production of Insignia Films and WETA-TV, Washington, DC, in association with Florentine Films and Time-Life Video & Television.
YEAR PRODUCED: 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Ken Burns
PRODUCERS: Stephen Ives, Jody Abramson, Michael Kantor
DIRECTOR: Stephen Ives
WRITERS: Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Buddy Squires, Allen Moore
EDITOR: Paul Barnes
NARRATOR: Peter Coyote
VOICES: Adam Arkin, Pilip Bosco, Matthew Broderick, Keith Carradine, Tantoon Cardinal, John Cullum, Blythe Danner, Ossie Davis, Hector Elizand, Julie Harris, Derek Jacobi, John Lithgow, Amy Madigan, Mary Stuart Masterson, Russell Means, Jason Robards, Gary Sinise, Jimmy Smits, B.D. Wong

AWARDS: 1997 Erik Barnouw Award

PRINT MATERIAL/WEBSITE: PBS Video: Teacher’s Guide and Teacher’s edition with video index; Life Time Learning Systems: Press kit, Study Guide, Poster, Website: www.pbs.org/weta/thewest; WETA: Newsletters

FORMAT: Video (90:00) Programs 1-7, Program 8 (120:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: PBS Video


The Wobblies

Documentary

This film presents the history of the International Workers of the World, nicknamed the Wobblies, through the eyes of rank-and-file members.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Educational Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 1979
DIRECTORS: Deborah Shaffer, Stewart Bird
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Sandi Sissel, Judy Irola, Peter Gessner, Bonnie Friedman
EDITORS: Deborah Shaffer, Stewart Bird

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; New York Film Festival, premiere

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (89:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: First Run/Icarus Films


Woodrow Wilson

Documentary

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson led a reluctant America out of decades of isolationism into a ghastly and frightening global conflict. In doing so he helped define the U.S. role on the world stage for the rest of the twentieth century. It was an unlikely job for a man who started his working life as a college professor and whose political interests lay in domestic reform. But once Wilson believed America had a responsibility to bring peace and democracy to the world, it was a mission he pursued tenaciously and one that would ultimately destroy him. His campaign to save humanity from future wars took a devastating toll on his health, and while Wilson’s closest advisors refused to publicly acknowledge his inability to perform the tasks of his office, his second wife effectively ran the country as president by proxy.

Part 1
A Passionate Man
Wilson rises from a Civil War boyhood in Georgia to become president of Princeton University and an outspoken champion of progressive reform. He is elected governor of New Jersey, then narrowly wins the Presidency, accomplishing a remarkable agenda of reform in his first two years.

Part 2
The Redemption of the World
President Wilson leads American through World War I, then brokers its peace treaty. His vision of world peace through the League of Nations is struck down at home, and his health suffers so seriously that his wife becomes de facto Chief Executive.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: KCET/Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Margaret Drain, Mark Samels
PRODUCERS: Carl Byker, David Mrazek, Isaac Mizrahi, Richard Kassebaum
DIRECTORS: Carl Byker, Mitch Wilson
WRITERS: Carl Byker, David Mrazek
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Mitch Wilson
EDITORS: Isaac Mizrahi, Victor Livingston
NARRATOR: Linda Hunt

PRINT MATERIALS: An interactive DVD

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: International Documentary Association, Best Limited Series, 2002

FORMAT: Video 2 programs 86:46 each
DISTRIBUTOR: WGBH


The Women of Summer: The Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers

Documentary

From 1921 to 1938, seventeen hundred blue-collar women participated in an educational experiment that exposed them to a broad range of humanistic disciplines and political thought. This film blends archival materials with the individual experiences of Bryn Mawr Summer School alumnae, as recounted at a specially planned reunion fifty years later.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Women of Summer, Inc., Tenafly, NJ
YEAR PRODUCED: 1985
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/WRITER: Suzanne Bauman
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Rita Heller
EDITOR: Phyllis Chinlund
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ross Lowell

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon, History; CINE Golden Eagle; San Francisco International Film Festival, Second Place; Athens (OH) International Film Festival, Golden Athena; National Educational Film and Video Festival, First Prize, Social Studies; Booklist, Editor’s Choice (American Library Association)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (60:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Filmakers Library


Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

Documentary Radio series

Will The Circle Be Unbroken? is a 26-part radio series that provides a history of the civil rights movement by focusing on activism and resistance at the local level in five southern communities—Atlanta, Georgia; Little Rock, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; and Columbia, South Carolina—between 1940 and 1970. The series goes behind and beyond the headlines to tell the stories of unknown heroes, both black and white—parents, neighbors, and relatives—faced with a chance to do the right thing.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Southern Regional Council (SRC), Atlanta, GA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1997
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Steve Suitts
PRODUCER: George King
PRINCIPAL WRITER: George King
NARRATOR: Vertamae Grosvenor

PRINT MATERIAL: Press and marketing materials, reviews, and listener email responses available from SRC

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: 1998 George Foster Peabody Award; The National Federation of Community Broadcasters “Golden Reel” Award for Best News and Current Affairs Programming; The Oral History Association 1997 Nonprint Media Award

FORMAT: Audiocassette (13 hours)

DISTRIBUTOR: Southern Regional Council (SRC)


A World on Display: The St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904

Documentary

This film examination of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair shows how its exhibits reflected the economic, political, cultural, technological, and ethnographic knowledge and perspectives of the time.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: New Deal Films Inc., Corrales, NM
YEAR PRODUCED: 1994
PRODUCERS: Eric Breitbart, Mary Lance
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Eric Breitbart
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Evan Estern, Judy Hoffman
EDITOR: Eric Breitbart
NARRATOR: Leona Luba

SCREENINGS: Centre de la Villette, Paris; American Institute, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands; Webster University, St. Louis; Albuquerque Museum

PRINT MATERIALS: Brochure and Study Guide

FORMAT: Video (53:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: The Cinema Guild, Inc.


The Yiddish Radio Project

Documentary Radio Series

The Yiddish Radio Project is a ten-part radio series is based on 1,000 fragile aluminum discs—one-of-a-kind recordings from the “Golden Age” of Yiddish radio (1930–55)—that have been rescued from attics, storerooms, and even dumpsters. Taken as a whole, the series offers an unprecedented window to Jewish immigrant culture in the U.S. during the first half of the 20th century. The series explores the Yiddish and English language dramas, music, news programs, advice and game shows, man-on-the-street interviews, and commercials that were stalwarts of Yiddish radio. Translations are performed by a cast that includes Carl Reiner, Eli Wallach, and Isaiah Sheffer, as well as Yiddish stars.

History of Yiddish Radio
From the 1930s to 50s, Yiddish radio was heard coast to coast, with a dozen stations in New York alone. This program explores its forgotten history and how one man stumbled upon-and rescued—its last remnants.

Yiddish Melodies in Swing
The radio program “Yiddish Melodies in Swing” ran from 1938 until 1955 and celebrated a peculiar but wonderful fusion of traditional Yiddish klezmer music with popular American swing.

The Radio Dramas of Nahum Stutchkoff
Stutchkoff’s days were spent creating some of the most memorable, intimate radio dramas of the age, his nights, compiling history’s only Yiddish thesaurus.

Levine and His Flying Machine
Most know Charles A. Lindbergh was the first man to fly across the Atlantic. But have you ever heard of Charles A. Levine? Discover the incredible story of the first man to cross the Atlantic in an airplane—as a passenger.

Commercials on Yiddish Radio
And now a word from our sponsor. They were the seven most dreaded words on Yiddish radio-until the Joe and Paul jingle hit the airwaves.

The Jewish Philosopher
Before Dr. Laura, before Dr. Ruth, before Ann Landers, there was C. Israel Lutsky, “The Jewish Philosopher,” radio’s first advice columnist.

Seymour Rexite
Crooning sensation Seymour Rexite thrilled his radio audience for forty years, singing all the American standards—in Yiddish.

Victor Packer An avant-garde poet turned programming director, Victor Packer experimented with every genre imaginable in a desperate attempt to fill his four-hour slot.

Rabbi Rubin’s Court of the Air
From disputes over ill-measured bedsheets to appeals by abandoned grandparents, no program takes us closer to the real struggles of poor Jews living in New York’s Lower Eastside.

Reunion
Decades before the word “Holocaust” entered our vocabulary, this short-lived series featured the voice of a holocaust survivor telling his own story. His name was Siegbert Freiberg, and his story was unlike anything ever before heard on the radio.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Sound Portraits Productions, New York, NY
YEAR PRODUCED: 2001
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Dave Isay
PRODUCERS: Dave Isay, Henry Sapoznik, Yair Reiner
EDITOR: Gary Covino
NARRATOR: Henry Sapoznik

AWARDS/FESTIVALS: George Foster Peabody Award

FORMAT: Video (120:00)
DISTRIBUTOR: National Public Radio


You May Call Her Madam Secretary

Documentary

This film traces the life and career of Frances Perkins, who became the first woman member of a presidential cabinet as Secretary of Labor (1933–45) under Franklin D. Roosevelt.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: The Frances Perkins Film Project, Inc. West Tisbury, MA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987
PRODUCERS/WRITERS: Robert Potts, Marjory Potts
DIRECTOR: Marjory Potts
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Gaskill
EDITORS: Michael Grenadier, Robert Potts
CAST: Frances Sternhagen, Robert Potts

AWARDS: American Film and Video Festival, Red Ribbon; CINE Golden Eagle; Columbus (OH) International Film Festival, Chris Bronze Plaque; “Outstanding Non-Print” Lists in Booklist and Choice, (American Library Association)

FORMAT: 16mm, Video (57:40)

DISTRIBUTOR: Vineyard Video Productions


Ziveli: Medicine for the Heart

Documentary

Filmed in Chicago and Northern California, Ziveli examines the culture of Serbian immigrants, with emphasis on rituals of the Eastern Orthodox Church and on the performance of traditional songs and dances.

PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION: Center for Visual Anthropology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
YEAR PRODUCED: 1987
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Andrei Simic, Edward Levine
PRODUCER: Vikram Jayanti
DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHY: Les Blank
WRITER: Andrei Simic
EDITOR: Maureen Gosling
NARRATOR: Andrei Simic

AWARD: Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque

FORMAT: Video (55:00)

DISTRIBUTOR: Flower Films