In the 1970s Native American “self-determination” became official U.S. policy, allowing tribes to run their own governments. In the years since, something incredible has happened. It’s working. Native nations have seized control of their own affairs and – as a result – started to reverse the worst living conditions in the country. Produced in partnership with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and directed by Academy-Award winner Thomas Lennon, TAKING BACK MANHATTAN will tell the dramatic stories of the people and tribes leading today’s change.
Woodstock. Bonaroo. Altamont. Newport. Coachella. Glastonbury. The mere mention of their names can cause passionate music fans to go weak in the knees and begin reminiscing about “the time they were there.” While many of the greatest music festivals throughout the years have been individually captured on film, never before has the history of the festival movement and its impact on our culture been the subject of one comprehensive study. Until now…
In July 2004, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report with 41 recommendations to improve the security of the United States. Each recommendation was directly tied to an institutional failure that left the country vulnerable to the attacks on September 11th. Since that time, nearly all of their 41 recommendations have been implemented in whole or in part. A key exception was the one recommendation which the 9/11 Commission believed to be among the most important but also the most difficult to realize – fixing the fragmented congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. HOMELAND CONFUSION will examine the critical need for congressional reform and the security implications of inaction.
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Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film and the centerpiece of the 10×10 global social action campaign both focused on the same concept: Investing today in adolescent girls living in the developing world creates a ripple effect that transforms families, communities and entire countries for generations.
It began one night over dinner, a casual conversation between a former Supreme Court Justice who grew up on a ranch in Arizona, and a trumpet virtuoso raised amid the music of New Orleans. It became A Celebration of America, a gala concert that took place in Washington DC on the eve of Barack Obama’s historic inauguration. It was presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center and sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Woven through a program of extraordinary music and hope, former Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis continued the conversation they’d begun a few months before. This series of taped segments are their riffs on why jazz music and the Constitution are uniquely American – and so very much alike.
Peter Jennings: A Reporter’s Life, an oral biography tells the story of Jennings’ extraordinary life and career through the words of his friends, family, colleagues, competitors, and those he covered. Recorded in the immediate aftermath of the news anchor’s death from lung cancer, this collection of memories capture his love for journalism and his passion for living.