|American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver
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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.
— Paul Booth, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
“A powerful and revelatory documentary on one of the pioneers of grassroots organizing…It could never be more timely than today.”
— Studs Terkel
Best Documentary, 1999 Philadelphia International Film Festival
Telling Our Story
Ten years ago, more than 100,000 public housing residents in Chicago learned that their buildings would be torn down.Telling Our Story reveals the human story behind America’s most ambitious plan to transform public housing. This is the residents’ story: the hardships they experienced, the gains some enjoyed, the lessons they’ve learned, and their hopes for the future.
Telling Our Story is a call to action for public housing residents and public housing authorities nationwide. It offers a timely reminder that good public policy cannot be developed without the voices of those most affected being included in its planning and implementation.
No Place to Live: Chicago’s Affordable Housing Crisis
2002 Midwest Emmy Award winner
The two-hour commute has become a familiar part of life for hundreds of thousands of Chicago’s workers because low-wage jobs are in one part of the metropolitan region and affordable housing is in the other. This television documentary, produced for WTTW, examines the region’s jobs/housing mismatch: how it came about, its economic impact, and the hardships faced by low-income workers caught in a growing housing crisis.
“…a shining example…of taking a serious local issue that’s been underplayed by commercial media and giving it the attention it deserves.”
— Chicago Sun-Times
Willing & Able
Access Denied: The Roots and Causes of Racial Isolation ( Working title )
When You Got A Guy
Investigators at the Better Government Association root out government corruption. Credit card abuse, pricey public pensions, and wrongful convictions are revealed.
Making Ends Meet
Produced for a coalition of advocacy organizations, this film helped modify welfare reform so that the needs of vulnerable families would continue to be met. This clip shows Margaret and her disabled son Conlan, one of three stories featured in the film.
|Henry Horner Mothers Guild
Working with the Henry Horner Mothers Guild, CVP produced a 4-minute video news release depicting the desperate living conditions at Chicago’s Henry Horner Homes. Released in conjunction with the filing of a class-action lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority, the VNR generated news coverage on ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS This Morning. News reports also appeared in the Washington Post, and in every major news media outlet in Chicago. It enabled a group of mothers to tell their story the way they wanted it told.” (see section in Services)
The Resurrection Project
|Here is a list of selected resources that social change organizations may find helpful:Accessing the Media
A 12-minute video that will help you understand how to get media coverage. Includes instructions on how to focus your message and pitch your story/event, etc. Tape also includes Discussion Guide.$24.95, ACTA Publications, 1-800-397-2282Running Good Meetings
This 12-minute video will teach your organization the basic elements of running good meetings, including pre-planning, starting and ending on time, developing and sticking to an agenda, and dealing with naysayers.$24.95, ACTA Publications, 1-800-397-2282Recruiting New Members
This 12-minute video will teach your group the basic techniques of intentionally identifying, contacting, interviewing, developing relationships with, and ultimately recruiting new members to your group.$24.95, ACTA Publications, 1-800-397-2282top