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TR-50333-12

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Buffalo, NY 14240-1263)
John Grant (Project Director: August 2011 to present)
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Production of a 90-minute documentary film and an associated website exploring the life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

This is a grant proposal for the production phase of a 90-minute film about the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted. He is known as the father of American landscape architecture; what is unknown to the viewing public is the fact that he had so many different careers, trying to reform 19th-century America in surprising ways. He succeeded mightily, changed the nation, and his concerns foretold the future. But he also struggled with failure, loss, and with despair for much of his life. The project also includes a website, five short films about Olmsted parks for web distribution, and more.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2014


TD-50218-10

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Buffalo, NY 14240-1263)
John Grant (Project Director: January 2010 to May 2011)
Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

Development of a 90-minute documentary exploring the life and career of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, an accompanying website, and a four-part radio series.

This is a grant proposal for the scriptwriting phase of a 90-minute film about the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted. He is known as the father of American landscape architecture; what is unknown to the viewing public is the fact that he had many different careers, trying (with frequent success) to reform 19th-century America in surprising ways. He succeeded mightily, changed the nation, and his concerns foretold the future; but he also struggled with failure, with loss, and with despair for much of his life. The project includes five short films about Olmsted parks for web distribution, a four-part radio series, a website, and more. With funding of $75,000 from the NEH, a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Humanities Foundation (secured in December 2009), and in-kind donations of $8,975, we will create a full film script, scout locations, assemble archival materials, and consult with scholars and advisors. This five-month project starts in September 2010.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Development Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$65,000 (approved)
$65,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 1/31/2011