Archive for the ‘Project’ Category

Promised Land (currently in production)

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by admin

Three Americans. Three rapidly changing industries. One dream that seems more mythical by the day. Promised Land follows a displaced factory worker in Ohio, a fifth-generation Kansas farmer in danger of losing the family land, and a laid-off mortgage processor turned Uber driver in Florida, providing an immersive view of middle class families on the edge.

True Believer

Posted on: April 30th, 2018 by admin
Alarmed by the evangelical movement’s embrace of Trump, Robb Ryerse, a progressive evangelical and lifelong Republican, is called to step away from the pulpit and into the public square in order to inject love, and what he feels to be true Christian values, into the toxic battlefield of American politics. Refusing to take corporate donations, Robb must struggle to raise the $15,000 required simply to get on the Republican ballot—the highest ballot access fee in the nation. True Believer is a spark of non-partisan idealism in a time of political rancor, illuminating the barriers that prevent average Americans from running for office.
 
PRESS

The Atlantic – The Atlantic Selects series

The Atlantic knocks it out of the park with this one. Such an intimate and nuanced story in 2019. I never imagined I would see such a sane and decent Republican. It really goes to show how much corporate interests have distorted our view of politics.”

The Jefferson Exchange – Interview with Robb Ryerse & Josh Gleason
Santa Fe Radio KTRC – Interview with Josh Gleason
 
UPCOMING SCREENINGS
October 18 & 20, 2019 – Santa Fe Independent Film Festival (Official Selection) – Santa Fe, NM
 
PAST SCREENINGS
April 11-15, 2019 – Ashland Film Festival (Official Selection) – Ashland, OR
June 22, 2019 – Nantucket Film Festival (Official Selection) – Nantucket, MA
July 28, 2019 – Woods Hole Film Festival (Official Selection) – Woods Hole, MA 
 

Co-op City (currently in development)

Posted on: January 7th, 2018 by admin No Comments

Co-op City is a David and Goliath tale of working class tenants, their landlords, and the banks that held the bonds on the largest housing development in the US. Built in the 1960s to keep New Yorkers from fleeing to the suburbs, soon after Co-op City opened in the Bronx, skyrocketing rents pitched its 55,000 tenants against their landlords in the longest rent strike in American history, threatening both New York’s then-fragile economy and the utopian dream of affordable housing for all.

Photo by Irving Savlowitz, 1978


"Mass Humanities “A Commonwealth of Ideas"

This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LEF Moving Image Fund

The Gilded Age

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by admin

The Gilded Age is a 2-hour program that was broadcast nationwide on February 6, 2018.

In the closing decades of the nineteenth century, during what has become known as the Gilded Age, the population of the United States doubled in the span of a single generation. The nation became the world’s leading producer of food, coal, oil, and steel, attracted vast amounts of foreign investment, and pushed into markets in Europe and the Far East. As national wealth expanded, two classes rose simultaneously, separated by a gulf of experience and circumstance that was unprecedented in American life. These disparities sparked passionate and violent debate over questions still being asked in our own times: How is wealth best distributed, and by what process? Does government exist to protect private property or provide balm to the inevitable casualties of a churning industrial system? Should the government concern itself chiefly with economic growth or economic justice? The battles over these questions were fought in Congress, the courts, the polling place, the workplace and the streets. The outcome of these disputes was both uncertain and momentous, and marked by a passionate vitriol and level of violence that would shock the conscience of many Americans today. The Gilded Age presents a compelling and complex story of one of the most convulsive and transformative eras in American history.

Learn more and stream the film by visiting The Gilded Age PBS website.

Walt Disney

Posted on: September 24th, 2013 by admin

Walt Disney explores the life of a visionary animator, storyteller and entrepreneur whose influence on American culture was – and continues to be – more profound than most presidents. In 1966, the year he died from lung cancer, Walt Disney was everywhere: 240 million people saw a Disney movie, 150 million read a Disney comic strip, 100 million tuned in weekly to a Disney television program, 80 million watched a Disney educational film, 80 million read a Disney book, 80 million bought Disney merchandise, 50 million listened to a Disney record, and close to 7 million visited Disneyland. No one before or since has held such a commanding place in American life. Yet as familiar as his work remains to young and old alike, Disney himself is something of an enigma. Even before his death, he had become more myth than man. In this four-hour, two-part biography funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, we tell his dramatic personal story of struggle and triumph by exploring both the man and his abiding influence on American life.

Walt Disney premiered on PBS on September 14-15, 2015. Check out the extended preview below.

 

Henry Ford

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by admin No Comments

Henry Ford, a 2-hour film funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, explores the life of America’s pre-eminent businessman and one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. It tells the story of Ford’s role in the creation of the Model T, the durable and low-priced car that helped put America on wheels; the assembly line, which revolutionized the industrial world; and the Five Dollar Day, which laid the foundation for a prosperous American middle class. The film also examined Ford’s role in shifting the American understanding of “the pursuit of happiness” to embrace consumption, and as a master publicist who transformed the uses of celebrity.

Photo: Ford Film Collection, National Archives and Records Administration

The Amish

Posted on: December 22nd, 2010 by admin No Comments

The Amish, a two-hour special, explores the insular religious community, whose intense faith and adherence to four hundred year-old traditions have by turns captivated and baffled Americans for more than a century. Airing February 28, 2012 from 8-10 p.m. EST, the film examines the beliefs, lifestyle and history of the Amish, as well as their complex relationship to mainstream American culture. Beautifully and lyrically photographed, The Amish is part history, part observational documentary that takes viewers into the world of the Amish.

Photo by Tim Cragg, 2010.

God in America, Program 2: A Nation Reborn & A New Light

Posted on: December 4th, 2010 by admin No Comments

God in America explores the tumultuous 400-year relationship between religion and public life in America. The six-hour series tells the story of how religious dissidents helped shape the American concept of religious liberty; how religious freedom fueled the rise of evangelical America; how social reform—from abolition to civil rights—galvanized men and women to put their faith into political action; and how religious faith influenced conflicts from the American Revolution to the Cold War.

Combining documentary narrative, historical analysis and dramatization, the series brings to life the conflicts, the dilemmas and the critical decisions made by the men and women who battled to establish America’s unique relationship between religion and politics.

Episode Three, A Nation Reborn: As slavery split the nation in two, Northern abolitionists and Southern slaveholders turned to the Bible to support their cause. Struggling to make sense of the war’s carnage and the death of his young son, Abraham Lincoln – who previously had put his faith in reason over revelation – embarked on a spiritual journey that transformed his ideas about God and the ultimate meaning of the war.

Episode Four, A New Light
: Post Civil War America saw the forces of modernity challenge traditional faith. From the rise of Reform Judaism to the 1925 Scopes evolution trial, liberal and conservative believers divided, forever altering the face of religion in America.

Visit the series website at pbs.org/godinamerica.

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The Polio Crusade

Posted on: December 4th, 2010 by admin No Comments

The Polio Crusade interweaves the personal accounts of polio survivors with the story of an ardent crusader who tirelessly fought on their behalf while scientists raced to eradicate this dreaded disease. Based in part on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky, The Polio Crusade features interviews with historians, scientists, polio survivors, and the only surviving scientist from the core research team that developed the Salk vaccine, Julius Youngner.

Preview a clip of the show:

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WE SHALL REMAIN: Geronimo

Posted on: October 13th, 2010 by admin No Comments

We Shall Remain a five-part television series, shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture.

Episode 4, Geronimo tells the story of the indomitable Chiricahua Apache medicine man whose insistent pursuit of military resistance in the face of overwhelming odds confounded not only his Mexican and American enemies, but many of his fellow Apaches as well.

Born around 1820, Geronimo grew into a leading warrior and healer. But after his tribe was relocated to an Arizona reservation in 1872, he became a focus of the fury of terrified white settlers, and of the growing tensions that divided Apaches struggling to survive under almost unendurable pressures. To angry whites, Geronimo became the archfiend, perpetrator of unspeakable savage cruelties. To his supporters, he remained the embodiment of proud resistance, the upholder of the old Chiricahua ways. To other Apaches, especially those who had come to see the white man’s reservations as the only viable road, Geronimo was a stubborn troublemaker, unbalanced by his unquenchable thirst for vengeance, whose actions needlessly brought the enemy’s wrath down on his own people. At a time when surrender to the reservation and acceptance of the white man’s civilization seemed to be the Indians’ only option, Geronimo and his tiny band of Chiricahuas fought on. The final holdouts, they became the last Native American fighting force to capitulate formally to the government of the United States.

Watch Geronimo now on the WE SHALL REMAIN website.