American Reds (2013-2016)
American Reds is the first documentary to comprehensively examine the history and contemporary significance of the American Communist Party between 1928 and 1960. The program traces the Party's rise out of the cataclysms of the Great Depression to become the foremost radical group in America between 1930 and 1945. Communists successfully fought to organize labor unions and against racism and fascism. However, intense government and corporate anti-communism and the Party's blindness to Stalin's crimes led to its dramatic decline in the 1950s. Bill Moyers called the program an important addition to public television's mission to throw light on the obscured corners of our history and the forgotten people lost in the shadows.
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Independence is a two-part PBS series, now in script development, that looks at the American Revolution from the perspective of Native Americans. As colonists struggled to win their independence from Great Britain, Native Americans fought to maintain their independence from colonial rule. This is the first NEH/PBS series to examine the American Revolution from this perspective.
Hard Traveling (2015)
Hard Traveling tells the story of America's hoboes, the army of drifting workers in the nineteenth and early twentieth century who provided much of the manual labor force on farms, in mines, logging camps, and other low paying jobs. The program will recreate their lives on the road, their subculture of poems and music, and their militant role in the I.W.W. union. Scripting
Road to Civil War (2008-2009)
The Road to Civil War is a proposed two-part series that traces the descent of the United States into Civil War between 1789 and 1861. The programs will present a panoramic look at the politicians and ordinary people, slave owners and African Americans, men and women, southern radicals and northern abolitionists who played major and minor roles in the shipwreck of the Union. Scripting
Rethinking Cancer (2007-2008)
Rethinking Cancer tells the remarkable stories of five men and women who had serious and terminal diseases, and who successfully turned to alternative, non-toxic biological means to treat and cure their illness.
Delta Dreams (2007-2008)
Delta Dreams is an Emmy nominated documentary that tells the story of the dying town of Helena Arkansas and its efforts to overcome its deeply troubled racial past, economic decline, and massive poverty in order to restore itself to health and vitality. The program also received top honors in the news and public affairs category of the national competition of the National Educational Telecommunications Association.
Road to Removal (2006-2007)
Road to Removal is an educational program that tells of the successful migration of the Cherokees into Arkansas after the American Revolution. Whites eventually forced them, to abandon the state and settle in Oklahoma- an event that served as a prelude to the "Trail of Tears," the infamous removal of the Cherokee from their homelands east of the Mississippi.
Hubert's World (2006-2007)
Hubert's World is a documentary film that examines the lives, hopes, and dreams of Hubert Bertrand, who, although mentally and physically disabled, struggles to find a job, love, and independence, in a world that all too often focuses on his handicaps, overlooks his abilities, and imposes unnecessary limitations on his life.
Lives in the Balance (2003-2007)
Lives in the Balance is a three-part documentary film that follows a group of very bright, at-risk middle school children in Arkansas as they make their way through their middle school years, navigating the shoals of peer pressure and difficult family situations.
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (4 parts) (2002)
The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow tells the dramatic story of
the African American struggle for freedom against legal racial segregation,
disfranchisement and lynching between 1865 to 1954. The series traces
how blacks continued their quest for their full rights as citizens
from the end of the Civil War to the dawn of the Civil Rights movement.
Seven years in the making, the series has received national recognition
including the Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations.
Elaine Riot: Tragedy and Triumph (2000)
The Elaine Riot: Tragedy and Triumph is the story of a massacre
of perhaps as many as two hundred black farmers in Elaine, Arkansas
in 1919 as they tried to organize a union and sue their white landlords
for money rightly owed them. Twelve black farmers who were sentenced
to death on the false charge of murder were saved and eventually released
due to the efforts of Scipio Africanus Jones, a black lawyer in Arkansas
working with the NAACP.
An American Story (1999)
Farmville is a documentary in which former students narrate
the story behind the famous student strike at the all-black Robert
Russa Moton high school in Farmville, Virginia in 1951. The protest
became one of the five cases that the United States Supreme Court
reviewed in 1954 when it declared segregation in education unconstitutional.
Lifers: Learn the Truth at the Expense
of Our Sorrow (1991)
Lifers: Learn the Truth at the Expense of Our Sorrow tells
the story of men serving life terms in East Jersey State Prison trying
to salvage, if not redeem, their own lives while helping young people
in trouble stay out of jail.
Fighting Ministers is the story of a group of main stream
Lutheran and Episcopalian ministers in the Mon Valley region near
Pittsburgh who, in trying to help the unemployed steelworkers and
their families after the mills were shut down, found themselves becoming
civil rights activists. Their militancy led to some being jailed and fired
from their ministry.
is the story of Joseph Sullivan, an autistic young man whose mother
helped him overcome some of his difficulties through her dedication
and courage. Dustin Hoffman was said to have modeled his character
for The Rain Man on Joseph.
St. Helen/Searching For Dinosaur Bones (1982)
Mount St. Helen was one of a series of three films made for
the highly popular Channel Thirteen science series 3-2-1 Contact.
The film showed how plant and animal life returned to the mountain
after the devastating eruption of the volcano. Searching for Dinosaurs
followed paleontologist Jack Horner in Montana as he searched for
dinosaur embryos in the wilds of Montana.
Up in the Great Depression (1983)
Growing Up in the Great Depression is a documentary that
looks at the different childhood experiences of five people as they
and their families struggled with the economic hardships of the Great
The Other Side of Victory
The Other Side of Victory is a dramatic film about a platoon
of soldiers in the American Revolution who are faced with the question
of remaining with the army or returning home at the end of the first
grim year of the war.
tells the story of a hyperactive 10 year-old-boy who is both a trial
and a joy to his parents, who try to find ways to harness his sometimes
destructive energy into constructive channels.
Seasons Change captures the turbulent and terrible days of
the Democratic Presidential Convention in Chicago in 1968, when the
police unleashed a wave of terror against demonstrators.
Toymakers examines the lives of retarded children in a state institution,
most of who have been abandoned by their families. The story focuses
on a few children who are being prepared to leave the institution