Monday
Sep242018

2018

This year marks the completion and premiere of Black in Blue, our feature documentary about the four University of Kentucky football players who broke the color line in the Southeastern Conference in the 1960s. The world premiere of the film will be at the Virginia Film Festival the first weekend of November. The film features a fantastic gospel music score performed by the a capella quartet Linkin Bridge.

Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts, which we completed in 2016, will be presented to PBS for national broadcast by WGBH in October. We kick off the broadcast with a special screening at the National Building Museum, featuring a post-screening discussion with three artisans who are featured in the film. We hope our DC-based friends can join us! And visit  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/good-work/home/

Lined up for release in 2019 is Fishing with Dynamite, our feature doc about how corporations and Wall Street...and their obsession with short term profit for shareholders...are blowing up American capitalism. And how we can put it back together.

Thursday
Dec212017

2017

This year finds us in the final stages of editing not one, but two, feature films that will be released in 2018.

Black in Blue is the story of the four African American football players at the University of Kentucky who broke the color line in the Southeastern Conference fifty years ago.

The film pivots around the weekend of September 29-30, 1967. That Friday night, defensive end Greg Page died as a result of an accident in football practice a few weeks earlier. The next day, his roommate, teammate, friend, and fellow civil rights pioneer, Nate Northington, broke the color line in the SEC in a game against Ole Miss. In the wake of that tragedy, Nate left Kentucky, and left the task of integrating the conference to teammates Houston Hogg and Wilbur Hackett. Executive Producer Paul Karem and I are making the film in cooperation with Nate, Houston, Wilbur, and Mel Page (Greg’s brother).

Fishing with Dynamite examines how corporations and Wall Street, and their obsession with short-term profit for shareholders, are blowing up American capitalism. And how we can put it back together.

The film contrasts the two great theories of capitalism – the “shareholder value” idea, that companies exist only to create profit, vs. the “stakeholder” idea, that companies should serve the interests of shareholders and customers, employees, suppliers, and the community and environment. In addition to looking at the destructive effects of shareholder value thinking, the film features profiles of three companies that demonstrate the wisdom and productivity of the stakeholder approach. The goal of the film is nothing less than the re-assertion of an authentic, ethical American capitalism.

Look for both films on the festival circuit in 2018!

 

Friday
Dec112015

2016

Boom & Bust - America's Journey on the Erie Canal, co-produced with Steve Zeitlin of CityLore and the Erie Canal Museum, is finished!  Boom & Bust premiered at the Library of Congress in August, 2015, screened at the Virginia Film Festival in November, 2015, and screened at the Syracuse International Film Festival in May, 2016. The film will be broadcast on public television stations across the country for Labor Day, 2016, presented by our friends at Kentucky Educational Television. 

We're pleased to announce that Good Work - Masters of the Building Arts, co-produced with longtime friend and colleague Marjorie Hunt, premiered in a private screening at the Smithsonian Institution and our first public screening at the Virginia Film Festival in October. The film will be presented by WGBH to PBS stations in 2017.

We are continuing work on several other great projects, including a feature documentary about corporate purpose being produced with Bobby Parmar at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a series of videos about Thriving Cities with Josh Yates at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, also at UVA.

We are making great progress on Black in Blue, a film about the four African American football players at my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, who broke the color line in the Southeastern Conference. For information see blackinblue.org

Our newest project is a collaboration with musician, folklorist, and author Stephen Wade. Based on his book, The Beautiful Music All Around Us, we will be producing a documentary about ballad singer Texas Gladden and her brother, banjo player Hobart Smith. For information see beautifulmusicfilmtrilogy.org

Friday
Aug012014

2014

Thanks to two major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, we are moving forward to complete two films co-produced with old friends Marjorie Hunt at the Smithsonian Institution and Steve Zeitlin of City Lore in New York. The films are Good Work - Masters of the Building Arts and Hard Times - Boom & Bust on the Banks of the Erie Canal. We hope to have the films completed by early 2015.

And we have begun work on some exciting new projects this year, including a series of videos about Thriving Cities with Josh Yates at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and a feature documentary about corporate purpose being produced with Bobby Parmar at the Darden School of Business, also at UVA.

Finally, we are in the very early stages of a film about the four African American football players at my alma mater, the University of Kentucky, who broke the color line in the Southeastern Conference. So we're very busy and very excited to have a host of terrific projects underway.

Wednesday
Dec182013

FALL 2013

We're very pleased that FAITH IN THE HOOD is now available through Filmakers Library/Alexander Street Press. For more information please visit: https://www.academicvideostore.com/subjects/african-american-studies?page=3.