Film revisits Freedom Summer for a new generation

Posted: November 26, 2013

Freedom Summer, a documentary directed by Stanley Nelson, recounts the turbulent 10-week period, focusing on efforts by the Council of Federated Organizations and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to enfranchise the segregated state’s black population. Continue reading

Film takes intimate look at lives of Latina actresses

Posted: November 11, 2013

Filmmaker Andrea Meller, born in the U.S. and of Chilean descent, was searching for her identity as a Latina when she came across a New York Times article about a group of voice actresses who dubbed the ABC prime-time soap opera Desperate Housewives into Spanish for the show’s secondary audio program channel. Continue reading

‘Collective of stories’ of women’s movement

Posted: October 9, 2012

Filmmaker Dyllan McGee’s documentary Makers: Women Who Make America features interviews with 70 accomplished women such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Pulitzer-winning author Alice Walker, architect Maya Lin and conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly. Continue reading

Pipeline 2012

Posted: December 12, 2011

This year’s Pipeline survey found projects planned, begun or completed about Francis Scott Key and Phil Ochs … religious pilgrims and itinerant carnies … Shakespeare and NASCAR … Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee … Col. George Armstrong Custer and Joe Paterno … Johann Bach and Freddie Fender … aging brains and young multitaskers. Mark (Survivor) Burnett does a “reality” show for PBS about prime ministers’ chefs, and David (Farmer’s Wife) Sutherland gives us verite of an aspiring Sioux social worker. Ken Burns follows up on the Central Park jogger case and Ric Burns looks at the blood spilled by the Civil War and the bad blood that still remains. Continue reading

Pipeline 2011

Posted: December 13, 2010

Some 140 projects are listed in Current’s annual Pipeline survey, including its one-time addendum in December. Among the programs are noninstructional public TV projects one hour or longer in various stages of planning, fundraising and production that will debut nationally … Continue reading