A 60 minute film, produced by Andreas Gutzeit of Story House Productions for the PBS series Secrets of the Dead — the brutal and tragic story of a young girl who arrived in Jamestown during the Starving Time. The story now is in her bones, which tell of a gruesome fate called survival cannibalism.
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RISING VOICES/HÓTȞAŊIŊPI, a 60-minute film by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey, was a production of Florentine Films/Hott Productions, Inc. in association with The Language Conservancy.
Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi. Five years in the making, this multi-platform project tells the story of a powerful threat to a Native culture. This threat is an insidious, impersonal villain – one that comes through TV sets and social media sites, through Tweets and comic strips and the daily news. The menace is the English language, and the victim seemingly marked for extinction is the Lakota language itself – the language of the Lakota nation, once usually called the Sioux. For the Lakota people, it’s a local problem, but it’s just one instance of a massive global one – a worldwide epidemic of language extinction.
The film was broadcast on PBS, and received major sponsorship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Administration for Native Americans, the Dakota Indian Foundation, the South Dakota Humanities Council, the North Dakota Humanities Council and Vision Maker Media.
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, a 60 minute film by Florentine Films/Hott Productions, was produced and directed by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey. Funders included the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, HSBC, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, the C.E. & S. Foundation, the Peter C. Cornell Trust and Mass Humanities.
The film was narrated by Stockard Channing. It had a national PBS broadcast, and can be seen in its entirety on the PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/wned/frederick-law-olmsted/watch/watch-film/
A feature documentary by Oscar winner Freida Mock has garnered good reviews in the New York Times, LA Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, Hollywood Reporter, and more:
Anita with host Ahmed – Huffington Post
Anita Hill on the ‘Surreal’ Hearings That Changed Her Life and the Country – Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “a riveting story… intelligent and comprehensive… a stirring personal as well as sociological document… a thoughtful and quietly powerful film.”
Great Reviews for The Latino Americans, a six-hour PBS series — 200 years of Latino history in the U.S.
Chowder was the Consulting Producer for the series, which in this case meant that he developed and structured the series, found almost of the historical characters, and wrote scripts for five of the six hours.
[Below: General Francisco ‘Pancho’ Villa during the Mexican Revolution, 1914. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division]
The New York Times: an important and enlightening three-part, six hour PBS series…. “Latino Americans” is the kind of polished, intelligent documentary series that PBS does so well.
The Los Angeles Times: ‘Latino Americans’ is a stirring history lesson… a fascinating take on a diverse population.
The New York Daily News: The most ambitious TV production yet on the diverse group of people known in shorthand as Latinos also makes it clear that virtually every triumph was paid for in sweat, toil, tears and, too often, blood… This series is a combination of history lesson, documentary and sobering reminder of the often shameful way the United States was built.
Best Documentary of the year. – Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York; Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
This seven-part series chronicles the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.
A STAGGERING, PANORAMIC FILM-HISTORY of the forces that ultimately toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa. – Anderson Tepper, Vanity Fair
One of the ten best films of the year. – Bill Weber, Slant Magazine; Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
EXEMPLARY! A TRIUMPH. – Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice
Almost 50 years ago, South Africans began to realize that their freedom struggle had to be built in four arenas of action: mass action, underground organization, armed struggle, and international mobilization. These documentaries take viewers inside that last arena, the movement to mobilize worldwide citizen action to isolate the apartheid regime.
Inspired by the courage and suffering of South Africa’s people as they fought back against the violence and oppression of racism, foreign solidarity groups, in cooperation with exiled South Africans, took up the anti-apartheid cause. Working against heavy odds, in a climate of apathy or even support for the governments of Verwoerd, Vorster, and P.W. Botha, campaigners challenged their governments and powerful corporations in the West to face up to the immorality of their collaboration with apartheid.
CRITICS’ PICK! ENGROSSING…EXCITING. – Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine
This was not just a political battle; it was economic, cultural, moral, and spiritual. The struggle came to many surprising venues: it was waged in sports arenas and cathedrals, in embassies and corporate boardrooms, at fruit stands and beaches, at rock concerts and gas stations. Thousands died, but in the end, nonviolent pressures played a major part in the collapse of apartheid and thus in the stunning victory of democracy in South Africa.
Like THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS…a manual on how to topple an unjust regime. – Larry Rohter, The New York Times
The combined stories have a scope that is epic in both space and time, spanning most of the globe over half a century. Beginning with the very first session of the United Nations, and ending in 1990 – when, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the best-known leader of the African National Congress (ANC) toured the world, a free man.
MANDATORY VIEWING! EXHILARATING! More compelling and instructive than any fictionalized movies on the subject. – Tony Pipolo, Artforum
A two-hour film about a war that should never have happened – yet almost broke the United States apart.
For WNED and WETA (Florentine Films/Hott Productions). Scripting and Production funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For two and a half years, Americans fought Against the British, Canadian colonists, and native nations. In the years to come, the War of 1812 would be celebrated in some nations and forgotten in others. But it is a war worth remembering—a struggle that threatened the existence of Canada, then divided the United States so deeply that the nation almost broke apart. Some of its battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. The film shows how the glories of war became enshrined in history – how failures are quickly forgotten – how inconvenient truths are ignored forever.
With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, The War of 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.
Through Deaf Eyes, a two-hour documentary about the history of deaf people in America, was written for WETA and Florentine Films/Hott Productions, and funded by the Public Broadcasting System, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The film has been broadcast nationally on PBS.
Through Deaf Eyes is a two-hour HDTV documentary that explores 200 years of Deaf life in America. The film includes interviews with prominent members of the Deaf community, including actress Marlee Matlin and Gallaudet University president emeritus I. King Jordan.
Interwoven throughout the film are six short documentaries produced by Deaf media artists and filmmakers. Poignant, sometimes humorous, these commissioned stories bring a personalized sense of Deaf life in America to the film. Through first person accounts and the film as a whole, THROUGH DEAF EYES tells the story of conflicts, prejudice and affirmation that ultimately reaches the heart of what it means to be human.
John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature, a one-hour documentary about the painter and American icon for the PBS series American Masters (WNET) and Florentine Films/Hott Productions. Production supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. National PBS Broadcast.
Niagara Falls: The Changing Nature of a New World Symbol, a one-hour documentary for WNED by Florentine Films/Hott Productions. National PBS Broadcast.
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ANNIE OAKLEY, a one-hour documentary for The American Experience and WGBH.
Production supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. National PBS Broadcast.
The New York Times review of this film can be downloaded here (PDF).
- Blue Ribbon (Best History Film), American Film Festival
- Golden Apple Award (Best History Film), National Educational Film Festival
- Golden Gate Award (Best History Film), San Francisco Film Festival
- Golden Plaque (Best History Film), Chicago Film Festival
SIBERIAN SOUL ON ICE, a half-hour National Geographic “Explorer”
(Broadcast on TBS)
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