A new documentary explores the path of one Chicago native that led to his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Learn about the movie "Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens" with co-director Greg Jacobs.
Newton Minow may be mostly remembered for his gutsy assessment of the television industry, calling the medium a “vast wasteland” as the fresh-faced, 34-year-old chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. But in the new documentary, Newton Minow: An American Story, veteran journalist Mike Leonard and local producer Mary Kay Wall examine how Minow’s life has had a far-reaching impact that still reverberates today.
A local filmmaker was honored with an Academy Award nomination for the documentary, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall. Though the film buzz has ended, its creator is on a mission to bring more inmate-operated hospice care to prisons all over the country. We talk with him about his efforts and the prison hospice system in Illinois.
Filmmaker Michael Caplan discusses the first completed documentary on National Book Award winning Chicago author, Nelson Algren.
The newest film by PBS documentarian Ken Burns chronicles one of America's most influential families.
Documentary Shines Light on Revival of Church
A new documentary tells how a struggling Chicago church reinvented itself and revitalized a declining neighborhood.
We talk with coproducer Carey Lundin about her new film documenting the life and work of conservationist and renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen known for his passion in preserving parks and green spaces throughout Chicago and the Midwest.
Ethics in Documentaries
"Chicagoland" aired its final segment. Local documentary makers join us to discuss the cutting-edge project, review the ethical components of journalistic filmmaking.
Meet the Graphic Artist Who Paid the Price for Being Too “Graphic”
The Three Robbers is a children’s book to cherish. The story revolves around fierce bandits who threaten violence and kidnap a little girl. But that’s OK with her – she doesn’t want to live with her wicked aunt anyway.
The director and star of an adventurous documentary join us to recount the five-year trip that traversed six continents and 37 countries. Athlete Serge Roetheli and filmmaker John Davies discuss The 25,000 Mile Love Story, a film that details the impossible journey of one endurance athlete’s desire to help children throughout the world. Watch video footage from their journey and read an interview with a producer and editor of the film.
Fifty years ago today, 200,000 Chicagoans boycotted segregationist policies by Chicago Public Schools. Watch a video clip from a new documentary that chronicles the protest and read an article.