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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

Media Projects Production

Public Programs

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

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 2/28/2015