JUDGMENT DAYS: 50 YEARS LATER is a feature-length film designed for television broadcast and theatrical release. It covers an important, but largely unknown chapter in our nation’s history. The spine of the film is built around the on-camera and voice-over narrative presented by Nick Kotz, the author of the prize-winning Judgment Days. We weave and counterpoint contemporary interviews, profiles, archival footage, art and stills, and live musical and choral performances, to reflect the complexity and intensity of the civil rights era. We see how Dr. Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Baines Johnson came together to form a team of rivals to achieve legislative success, thus changing our nation’s priorities forever. Kotz's narrative is a chronological timeline of what took place between 1963-65. This narrative is combined with extended interviews with those who knew these men from the Civil Rights era, along with the new younger generation of leaders of the movement. Additionally, individuals, young and old and from all over the country, were interviewed this past August at the March on Washington's 50th Anniversary celebrations. We include their voices to help characterize and comment on the legacy of MLK/LBJ's historic work. Projected release date: Summer 2015 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act.
Early in the 21st century, a small town, Sheridan, in Northern Wyoming decides it must change how it cares for its elders and its frail. More retirees are arriving; more people with disabilities and frailties need home care. What might they do? In 2004, community leaders see a glimpse of what their town's future could become. They watch a video that depicts the very first Green House Project model built for elders in Tupelo, Mississippi. Though the challenge of creating these new homes without outside institutional support is daunting, the community forms a task force and they proceed together to develop their vision. Just as they begin to raise the millions of dollars they will need for the project, the economic crisis hits and severely threatens what they might accomplish. Still, in spite of odds, they persist.
Homes on the Range "The New Pioneers" is a poignant two-hour documentary story about how Sheridan learns how to work together to fulfill a dream and achieve a common goal that will serve their community for generations.
We are pleased to announce The 2043 Project, A Media Policy Center / Blackside Partnership on Human Rights.
EYES ON THE PRIZE is the most critically acclaimed documentary about Civil Rights in America. The 1987 series profiled key people, historical places and pivotal events in the Civil Rights movement between 1954-1985, weaving contemporary interviews with archival footage. EYES ON THE PRIZE revealed how the struggle for Civil Rights could open doors to a more inclusive and universal Human Rights evolution.
In the America of 2013, accelerated by forces of technology and demography, new dynamics appear in the unfolding paths toward racial and cultural parity. We need to--- and can--- tell these stories as they develop.
Where EYES looked backward at some 30 years of our Civil Rights struggle to bring it to the present, THE 2043 PROJECT will look at the present through the eyes of the next 30 years of our future; where EYES was primarily based on archival footage, 2043 will be contemporary and digitally interactive; where EYES told stories only for broadcast, 2043 will distribute a much wider range of media on digital devices and platforms, for all generations, to achieve greater connections among individuals and communities.