The Latino Americans
Recipient: (Arlington, VA 22206 USA) in affiliation with GWETA, Inc. (Washington, DC 20013 USA)
Goal: Development of two one-hour scripts for an eight-part film series to be broadcast nationally, with a companion radio series on National Public Radio and an accompanying website that would examine the history of Latino Americans through the lens of immigration.
Description: "The Latino Americans" will be an eight-hour film series, the chronicle of the arrival and lives of Latinos in the United States in the last 200 years -- a story of people, politics and culture from 1800-2008. WETA, the Washington, DC PBS station, will join forces with Latino Public Broadcasting to co-produce this project. The series will be created for national PBS broadcast, with a companion radio series on National Public Radio (NPR), and will include a major outreach and promotional campaign. All programs and outreach will also be distributed via Spanish language media (broadcast, radio and web) to connect with Latino communities nationwide.
Grant: 194693 / TD-50032-09, Category: Latin American Studies, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
BackStory with the American History Guys
Recipient: (Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA) in affiliation with Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629 USA)
Goal: Development of 28 programs for a new series of one-hour radio programs with interviews, discussion, and special features providing historical perspective on a variety of contemporary issues and topics.
Description: "BackStory with the American History Guys" is a prototype one-hour, weekly call-in radio program with interviews, discussion and special features. In development for national distribution by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), "BackStory" is designed to provide perspective on the present, by connecting current circumstances with the broad range of U.S. history. Each week on the program, historians Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf???the genial, sometimes gregarious, and always thought-provoking hosts-grab a topic from the headlines and drill down into America???s past. In support of "BackStory with the American History Guys," VFH is requesting an NEH Development Grant of $74,990. A development award will significantly enhance the humanities/analytical content of "BackStory," supporting the core academic-production team as they work in concert to research, set the groundwork for, and thoughtfully develop 28 new programs.
Grant: 194757 / TD-50058-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Thomas Day, American
Recipient: (Durham, NC 27713 USA) in affiliation with Apprend Foundation (Durham, NC USA)
Goal: Development of a script for a 90-minute documentary on the life of Thomas Day and the history of 19th-century free blacks in the South.
Description: "Thomas Day, American"(working title) is a 90 minute documentary-in-progress for which The Apprend Foundation seeks $75,000 to develop a shooting script. On the eve of the Civil War there were 500,000 free blacks in the United States. In telling Thomas Day's story, the history of this significant, yet little-known group of Americans will be illuminated for the first time in an important documentary film. Described as a "major antebellum figure" by the New York Times, Thomas Day (1801-1861), a furniture maker and successful business man in the South, stood at the center of competing forces in nineteenth century America: between black and white, slave and free, and North and South. A black man who owned slaves and who also had abolitionist ties, he embodied the contradictions, complexity and agony of his era.
Grant: 197080 / TD-50092-09, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Across the Pacific
Recipient: (Arlington, MA 02476 USA) in affiliation with Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Waltham, MA 02453 USA)
Goal: Development of a two-hour documentary about one of the great milestones in the history of flight: the 1935 crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a Pan American Airways flying boat called the China Clipper.
Description: This is a request for a 75,000 scripting grant for a two hour documentary about one of the great milestones in the history of flight: the 1935 crossing of the Pacific Ocean in a Pan American Airways flying boat called the China Clipper. The Pacific crossing was a technological achievement that captured public imagination in much the way the space program did a generation later. It also began the era of transoceanic flight, an era that would lead to profound changes in American foreign policy, commerce and the way Americans saw the world. Produced by one of the makers of Forgotten Genius, NOVAs NEH funded, Emmy Award winning biography of black chemist Percy Julian, Across the Pacific will combine dramatic reenactments, interviews with scholars, and films and photographs drawn from the rich archival record about the early days of commercial aviation. The film is intended for primetime broadcast on PBS or cable TV. The Smithsonian Channel has already expressed interest.
Grant: 197088 / TD-50100-09, Category: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City
Recipient: (Chicago, IL 60605-1308 USA) in affiliation with Archimedia Workshop NFP (Chicago, IL 60605 USA)
Goal: Development of a 60-minute television documentary on the life and work of architect and urban planner Daniel Burnham.
Description: Few individuals have had more impact on the American City than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late 19th century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful concept of what a civilized American city could look like that provided a compelling framework for Americans to make sense of the world around them. However, not all would agree with his vision. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world, helped to inspire the City Beautiful Movement and created influential urban plans for major cities including Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland and Manila, all before the profession of comprehensive urban planing existed. Filmed in high-definition and using exciting graphics and mapping techniques, MAKE NO LITTLE PLANS: DANIEL BURNHAM AND THE AMERICAN CITY will explore Burnham's fascinating career and controversial legacy and will foster public debate about how and for whom cities are planned.
Grant: 194708 / TD-50047-09, Category: Urban Studies, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
How the Catskills Changed America
Recipient: (New York City, NY 10022 USA) in affiliation with New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA)
Goal: Scripting of a two-hour documentary film examining the history of the Catskill region from 1800 to the present.
Description: A SCRIPT FOR A TWO HOUR DOCUMENTARY THAT WILL EXAMINE THE HISTORY OF THE CATSKILL REGION SINCE 1800. THE DOCUMENTARY WILL DESCRIBE HOW THE PROXIMITY OF THE CATSKILLS TO THE CENTER OF ARTISTIC AND FINANCIAL POWER IN AMERICA HAS DEFINED ITS CHARACTER AND ITS INFLUENCE ON THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC AND CULTURA HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES,
Grant: 197143 / TD-50110-09, Category: Humanities, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2009
Recipient: (Arlington, VA 22206 USA) in affiliation with GWETA, Inc. (Washington, DC 20013 USA)
Goal: Development of a two-hour film that would examine the history of the conservative movement in 20th-century America.
Description: We are requesting development funding for "Ordered Liberty," a two-hour film history of the Conservative movement in the United States. The film will be broadcast nationally on PBS and will be accompanied by outreach materials, teaching materials, website and companion book.
Grant: 191722 / TD-50020-08, Category: Media-General, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2008
Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project
Recipient: (Boston, MA 02118-2556 USA) in affiliation with Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Waltham, MA 02453 USA)
Goal: Development of a 90-minute documentary, a website, and curriculum materials exploring the life, work, and times of African American playwright and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930-65).
Description: The Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project is the first multiplatform media project to explore the life, work and times of Lorraine Hansberry (1930?1965), the artist, activist and public intellectual best known for the 1959 groundbreaking Broadway classic, A RAISIN IN THE SUN. The project?s 90-minute documentary, LORRAINE HANSBERRY: A Drama Beyond the Stage (w.t.) weaves a compelling story of self-determination and commitment. Designed to attract a wide, general public television audience, the film will serve as the centerpiece of an extensive national outreach campaign that includes public engagement, educational resources, and interactive web components to bring Hansberry?s story to life. By probing Hansberry?s life and art, this project will transform viewers? understandings of United States history in the middle years of the 20th century. Her sharp insights engage many issues still contested in contemporary national discourse.
Grant: 191728 / TD-50026-08, Category: Afro-American Studies, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2008
The Zionist Idea
Recipient: (New York, NY 10025 USA) in affiliation with New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA)
Goal: Development of a two-hour documentary exploring the modern ideology of Zionism, an accompanying website, a study guide, and a companion book.
Description: The Zionist Idea is a 120-minute documentary film exploration of one of the most influential political ideologies of the modern era. Originating in Europe in the late 19th century, Modern Zionism was born out of the renewed fears and persecution of Jews throughout Europe. Hoping that a land of their own would bring normalcy and safety to Jews and acceptance in the world, Zionist pioneers helped create the State of Israel. And yet Zionism has been, since its inception, subject to fierce argument and often lethal controversy. Today Zionism is little understood and its meaning often distorted. Now more than ever as the Middle East plays a central role in world politics and as the conflict between Arab and Jew continues to threaten the entire region, it is crucial for Americans to better understand Zionism, both its history and its signficance. .
Grant: 191716 / TD-50014-08, Category: Near Eastern History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2008
Web Portal for "Our White House" Initiative
Recipient: (Franklin, MA 02038 USA) in affiliation with National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance
Grant: 192175 / TD-50030-08, Category: American History, Division: Public Programs, Year Awarded: 2008