Current Projects

How events in a tiny country in 1941 changed U.S. families, a country and our world today.

Breaking new ground, Rumbula's Echo is the first documentary about a large mass shooting of the Holocaust. Eyewitnesses tell how, in late 1941, 25,000 Jews were murdered in two days at Rumbula Forest -- the second largest such mass shooting of WWII. Set within the broader story of the Holocaust in Latvia, viewers see and hear how 98% of Latvian Jews trapped in the country were killed, and how 2% survived.

This intriguing documentary will explore the history and background of one of the most controversial works of modern children’s literature: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. In the 1980s and 1990s in elementary libraries across the United States these books developed a growing interest from boys and girls who were taken in by the gothic tales, the whimsical tone, and the ghostly illustrations.

Powerful, traditional medicine men and women still exist in the cultural landscape of the Americas.

Songs of an Unsung America is our name for bringing light to neglected pockets of regional music.

 

You will learn that our short documentaries and feature length version are not just about music, but about sense of place: how atmosphere, environment, history and even foodways inform art. 

 

The Area is a feature-length documentary film that explores the tensions between place, community and transportation infrastructure on the south side of Chicago. Residents are struggling to maintain friendships and traditions while a freight yard expands into their neighborhood.

"Art Paul did for publishing what Warhol did for fine art: he blurred the line between what hangs in galleries and what appears in magazines.”
----Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine

 

Through Air & Water is the story of Will Forman, a WWII fighter pilot who after the war designed the first American deep sea submersible for the Navy, Deep Jeep. Will spent the rest of his life working with subs, creating and innovating new designs for decades. At 90 years old, Will is revisiting a sub he designed 50 years ago to cross the Pacific without surfacing. At this point in his life, Will has stayed curious and active. While working on the model sub, Will is training to hike Angel’s Landing in Utah.
 

This film will explore the distinctive artwork of Chester Gould as seen through the eyes of conventional and underground cartoon/comic artists, including interviews with Dick Locher (Dick Tracy), Max Allan Collins (Dick Tracy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Russell Myers (Broomhilda), Art Spiegelman (Maus), Robert Crumb (Zap comix), Jay Lynch (Bijou comix), Bill Griffith (Zippy the Clown) will detail how Gould¹s endless procession of bizarre characters, cliff hanger storylines, the use of bold lettering and high contrast to direct the attention of the reader made a deep impression in t

This untitled film documents advertising legend Tom Burrell, his upbringing on Chicago’s south side, entry into advertising, his creation of Burrell Communications Group and his post-retirement work authoring Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority. His subsequent non-profit group and speaking engagements are dedicated to promoting intra-racial dialogue. The film gained its genesis in Kartemquin Films’s Diverse Voices in Documentary Workshop.