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PAST PROJECTS
 
ROOTS IN THE SAND is a multigenerational portrait of the close to 5000 Punjabi men who settled in Southern California's Imperial Valley a century ago.  Shot on 16mm and Beta SP, the one-hour documentary details how these men struggled to overcome racist immigration and marriage laws to marry Mexican women and grow a community. 

PBS release May 2000
 
Educational and Home Video Distribution by
Center for Asian American Media

SISTERS OF SELMA is a one hour documentary which tells the little known story of Catholic nuns who marched in support of Dr. King in Selma, Alabama for African American voting rights.  Rare archival footage and personal interviews with Selma residents support the recollections of the sisters themselves. 
 
Produced in partnership with Alabama Public TV for ITVS.
 
PBS release February 2007.
DVD available from Amazon.com
 
For resource material, please visit http://home.earthlink.net/~sistersofselma/

IN PLANNING

CONSPIRACY

In 1917, acting upon information supplied by British Intelligence, the United States Attorney General prosecuted American citizens of Indian origin and the German consul general in San Francisco for conspiring to overthrow the British Empire in India.  This was the political awakening of American socialist Agnes Smedley.

A fictional treatment, developed in consultation with Prof. Harold Gould (Sikhs, Swamis, Students & Spies) will be filmed in the actual locations in San Francisco, Leavenworth, KS and New York.

IN GOOD COMPANY

This project was begun in 2005 when Hoover employees were looking into using their 401(k) savings to purchase the company from Whirlpool.  It looks into the human resources that allow Employee Ownership to succeed in some companies and not in others.  Initial consultations were with Prof. John Logue of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, Kent State University.

RECENTLY COMPLETED

IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF FRANCIS & THE SULTAN:
A MODEL FOR PEACEMAKING
(for FRANCISCAN MEDIA, Cincinnati, OH)

The meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil which took place in Damietta, Egypt in 1219 offers insights into the nature and effectiveness of interfaith dialogue.  

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IN DEVELOPMENT

FOREST BUILDERS

The longleaf pine forest that once dominated our Southern coastal plain from East Texas to North Carolina was a biodiverse ecology that faced extinction as a result of development by turpentiners, loggers and the paper industry.  Today landowners are restoring the "piney woods" for a variety of reasons.

This film examines those efforts in consultation with the Longleaf Alliance of Alabama.

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