American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver (2008)
Facing History and Ourselves Teaching Resource and PBS national broadcast in conjunction with the 2008 MLK Day of Service
In the shadow of the war in Vietnam and assassinations and rebellion at home, Sargent Shriver launched a string of social inventions that arguably touched more lives than any leader since Franklin Roosevelt. Peace Corps, VISTA, Head Start, Community Action and Legal Services for the Poor, Shriver’s story reveals a forgotten and inspiring side of the Sixties that challenges today’s young Americans to act on their ideals.
“An exceptional achievement. One of the best documentaries ever made about the history of the 1960’s”Michael Kazin, co-author of America Divided:The Civil War of the 1960s and Professor of History, Georgetown University
No Place to Live: Chicago’s Affordable Housing Crisis (2002)
The story of Chicago’s jobs housing mismatch and the city’s racial history that led to it. Produced for WTTW.
Awarded a 2002 Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series
The Henry Horner Mothers Guild (1991)
This 4-minute video news release (VNR) depicts the desperate living conditions in Chicago’s Henry Horner Public Housing complex. It was produced in collaboration with Horner’s public housing residents and the Chicago’s Legal Assistance Foundation (LAF) to assist a class-action lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority.
The VNR generated widespread news coverage on ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS This Morning, the Washington Post, and in every major news media outlet in Chicago. Lauded by the Annenberg School of Communications as the first of its kind video news release, the VNR played a pivotal role in LAF winning a court-ordered 250 million-dollar settlement from HUD that rehabilitated the Henry Horner Homes.
The Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky and His Legacy (1999)
Narrated by Alec Baldwin. Produced by Chicago Video Project and Media Process Educational Films. 1999.
A gripping story about how ordinary people can become forces for change. The documentary portrays a slice of community organizing history by revisiting Saul Alinsky’s pioneering organizing work with labor, civil rights, and religious leaders, and looking at how people use his methods today.
Best Documentary, 1999 Philadelphia International Film Festival
Special Jury Award, USA Film Festival
Aired nationally on PBS