& THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION
THE PRESS AND THE PUBLIC PROJECT is an award-winning independent production company based in New York. Their films run in festivals, theaters, and on major networks the world over.
Their commercial arm, THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION, produces marketing campaigns for everything from neighborhoods to rock bands.
FOUR DIED TRYING
A feature documentary, FOUR DIED TRYING explores the extraordinary lives and calamitous deaths of John Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy. Filmed primarily from the vantage point of their children, close associates, and witnesses to their assassinations, the film considers the "turning" each of these men were making in the last year or so of their lives. Were they embracing ever-broader conceptions fo the struggle for peace, racial equality and economic justice, as many contend? And what forces may have stirred in opposition?
Projected to premiere in 2021, with an ongoing series to follow.
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STROKE OF GENIUS:
SCOFIELD THAYER: THE MAN WHO MADE
In 1920, one man, in a stroke of genius, made America modern.
Armed only with his obscure magazine, The Dial, he set the cultural agenda for a generation—and left a legacy that thrives to this day.
Along the way he was: slandered by Ernest Hemingway, psychoanalyzed by Sigmund Freud, cuckolded by e.e. cummings; published nine Nobel and twenty-three Pulitzer Prize winning authors; amassed a fortune in modern art...and went slowly insane.
This mixed-media adventure into the realms of the modern and the mind of Scofield Thayer is led by Lewis Lapham, long time editor of Harper's Magazine and the founder of Lapham's Quarterly.
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A co-production of the BBC and the Sundance Channel, THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS was a a featured selection and award-winner in festivals from Tribeca to Amsterdam. Starring the inestimable Lewis Lapham, and tracing the trajectories of two near-fictional Ivy League graduates, THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS considers the age-old question faced by generations of the privileged: is it better to rule the world, or save it?
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An American Power Struggle
Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over America's most scandalous clean energy project. Cape Wind would be the U.S.'s first offshore windfarm...But strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power. With full access to both sides, a commitment to impartial storytelling and fueled by a satiric 'revolutionary' soundtrack, Cape Spin! is "a gripping and entertaining study of eco-capitalism and grassroots democracy", a "rollicking..dizzying look into the deceptive world of political activism".
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Producer Libby Handros began her career over twenty-five years go at THE PRESS & THE PUBLIC PROJECT, joining joining the team that produced the ground-breaking Inside Story, the first regularly scheduled examinationof the American press ever to appear on television. That nationally broadcast series aired weekly on PBS for five years and won every major television journalism award. Handros has gone on to develop and produce over one hundred hours of prime-time programming on a wide array of subjects— public pol- icy, news, sports, history, international affairs, education, and the movies. Her latest film with Kirby, CAPE SPIN: AN AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE, played theatrically from Lincoln Center to The Brattle and was dubbed “Rollicking” by The Phoenix and “Sober, lighthearted, even wacky” by the Associated Press.
Director John Kirby‘s feature debut was THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS, a “dramatic-documentary-musical” starring Lewis Lapham. That film played in theaters and won prizes in festi- vals all over the world. It was dubbed “Astonishing” by The London Observer, “Divine madness” by The Montreal Mirror, it “K.O.’d” Studs Terkel, and was hailed by luminaries from Bill Moyers to Peter Wintonick, who called it “the most cinematically subversive film to come along this decade.” John has directed, edited and consulted on dozens of documentaries and non-fiction series. He Co-Directed CAPE SPIN: AN AMERICAN POWER STRUGGLE. His editorial credits include the Emmy-winning THUG LIFE IN D.C. and GLADIATOR DAYS: ANATOMY OF A PRISON MURDER, a long-playing cult classic, both for HBO. In addition, he writes essays and songs, the latter of which have been performed at BAM Cafe and the Barclay's Center among other venues.