Co-founder of The Working Group, Patrice O'Neill has been producer and executive producer of successful national series on PBS for fifteen years. She and Pamela Calvert, the former station relations and outreach manager for the Independent Television Service, will talk about how the successful impact of Not In Our Town has influenced the filmmaking direction of The Working Group, and new challenges for broadcast-based community organizing and outreach.
Tia Lessin, a New York-based documentary filmmaker, received the 2002 Sidney Hillman Award for her work as producer and director of Behind the Labels, a film about sweatshops in Saipan that was shown on the Oxygen cable channel, before Congress and in theaters nationwide. Lessin was the supervising producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary film Bowling for Columbine and associate producer of the Academy Award-nominated Shadows of Hate. She has twice been nominated for Emmy Awards for her work in television. She co-produced Michael Moore's latest film Fahrenheit 9/11.
Anne Lewis is a remarkable social action filmmaker whose career is rooted in the challenge of making films about, with and for people whose voices are not usually heard in mainstream media. In 2004, as a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, she was asked to describe her creative vision.
A lifelong social and environmental activist and filmmaker talks about struggling to make films that make broadcasters nervous. Melissa Young speaks to Jana Germano of the Center for Social Media from Seattle, Washington.