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Project director: ric burns
Key words: whaling (ANY of these words -- whole words only)
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TR-50085-09

City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Ric Burns (Project Director: February 2009 to present)

America, Whaling, and the World

Production of a two-hour documentary exploring the history, culture, and significance of the American whaling industry from 1620 to 1924.

INTO THE DEEP: America, Whaling & the World: a two-hour documentary film for national broadcast on PBS in 2010, directed by Ric Burns and co-produced by Steeplechase Films, American Experience, and WGBH/Boston, explores the history, culture and significance of the American whaling industry from its 17th century origins in drift and shore-whaling, through the golden age of deep ocean whaling in the 18th and 19th centuries, and on to the industry's demise in the decades following the American Civil War. Combining stunning archival material with powerful on-camera interviews, evocative live cinematography, dramatic reenactments, and underwater footage of whales at sea, the film will bring alive the complex reality and extraordinary experience of American whaling as the nation rose to the threshold of global power, all the while registering the larger forces, economic, social, cultural, technological and environmental, that shaped and propelled American Whaling from start to finish.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$725,000 (approved)
$725,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 3/31/2010


TS-50093-08

City Lore: NY Center for Urban Folk Culture (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Ric Burns (Project Director: November 2007 to present)

Into the Deep: America, Whaling and the World

Scripting of a two-hour documentary film exploring the history of the American whaling industry from the 17th century through the late 19th century.

INTO THE DEEP -- a two-hour documentary film for national broadcast on public television in 2009, co-produced by Steeplechase Films, American Experience, and WGBH/Boston -- will tell the extraordinary story of the America whaling industry from it's 17th century origins in drift and shore whaling off the coast of Cape Cod, down through the great golden age of deep ocean whaling in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and on to the industry's demise in the decades following the American Civil War. Combining stunning archival material with powerful on-camera interviews, evocative live cinematography, dramatic reenactments, and underwater footage of whales at sea, the film will chronicle the spectacular rise and fall of the American whaling industry as America itself rose from an outpost of the British empire to one of the great nations of the world.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Media TV Scripting

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$70,000 (approved)
$70,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2008 – 12/31/2009