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TR-50561-14

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Sarah Colt (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Walt Disney

Production of a two-hour film on the life and work of Walt Disney that focuses on his innovations as an entertainment entrepreneur and his relationship to crucial 20th-century events.

This is a request to the NEH for funds to support "Walt Disney" a two-hour film that explores the life and work of an animator, inventor, storyteller and entrepreneur whose influence on American culture was, and continues to be, more profound than most American presidents. As this film examines the rise of the man who became America’s best-known brand of entertainment and leisure, it will reach beyond the veneer of Disney’s legacy to understand his motivations. It will also examine why Disney is the comforting Uncle Walt who ushered Americans through some dark hours to some, while to others he is a domineering usurper of our collective imagination. This biography film will be produced by Sarah Colt Productions. Filmmakers Collaborative will serve as the fiscal sponsor. "American Experience," WGBH Boston’s acclaimed history series for PBS, is committed to broadcasting the film.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$600,000 (approved)
$600,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 2/28/2015


TR-50286-11

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Sarah Colt (Project Director: January 2011 to present)

Henry Ford and the American Dream

Production of a two-hour film that explores the life of Henry Ford, America's pre-eminent businessman and one of the most influential Americans of the 20th century.

This is a request to the NEH for funds to support the production of "Henry Ford and the American Dream", a two-hour film to be produced by Sarah Colt with the FILMMAKER’S COLLABORATIVE and a commitment for a national PBS broadcast from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. The film explores the life of America’s pre-eminent businessman, and one of the most influential Americans of the twentieth century. It tells the story of Ford’s role in the creation of the Model T; the assembly line, which revolutionized the industrial world; and the Five Dollar Day, which laid the foundation for a prosperous American middle class. It examines Ford’s role in shifting the American understanding of “the pursuit of happiness” to embrace consumption, and as a master publicist who transformed the uses of celebrity. It also explores the dark side of Ford, including his vehement anti-Semitism, ill-treatment of workers, militant anti-unionism, and his devastating cruelty to his son.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$600,000 (approved)
$600,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2011 – 10/31/2012