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Behind the scenes of What We Got: DJ Spooky’s Journey to the Commons

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Brad Lichtenstein has been working in documentary production since 1992.  He associate produced FRONTLINE’s Peabody award-winning presidential election year special, Choice ’96, and Lumiere Production’s PBS series, With God on Our Side: The History of the Religious Right.  With Lumiere, he produced and directed André’s Lives, a portrait of the “Jewish Schindler;” The Discovery Channel’s Safe, which follows 3 women who seek refuge from domestic violence; PBS’s special Caught in the Crossfire, chronicling the lives of 3 Arab New Yorkers in the wake of 9/11; and the BBC/Court TV co-production of Ghosts of Attica, about the infamous 1971 prison uprising and aftermath, for which he was awarded a Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism.  His producing credits also include the PBS series Local News and Now with Bill Moyers. He was consulting producer for the film Army of One, about 3 army recruits who joined shortly after 9/11 and consulting editor for A Lion in the House, a film that tells the difficult stories of kids with cancer.  His most recent film was Almost Home, a PBS Independent Lens documentary about people who live and work in a nursing home.  Next up is What We Got:  DJ Spooky’s Journey to the Commons, and As Goes Janesville, about how a community reinvents itself after losing its major employer — GM.  Brad‘s films are supported by foundations that include the Ford, Helen Bader, Tides, Nathan Cummings, Retirement Research, Panta Rhea and Langeloth as well as the Independent Television Service and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.   Brad’s films can be seen in theaters, at festivals and on television all over the world. Brad is also the founder of docUWM, a documentary center based in the film department of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  He directed docUWM for 4 years, producing projects with his students on subjects that range from Jews in Wisconsin’s small towns to the Hmong experience.  When Brad is not making movies, he’s loving the parent life (with 2 boys, born in 2002 and 2005) and the husband life with the immeasurable Anne Davis Basting.

Written by Brad Lichtenstein

December 4, 2008 at 5:18 am

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