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TR-50389-12

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Laurie Kahn (Project Director: January 2012 to present)
The Popular Romance Project Film and Website: Creating Community in a Mass Cultural World

Production of a two-hour documentary about the history and context of the romance novel and the global community built around a mass-produced popular cultural product.

Though popular romance fiction readily adapts to new technologies and cultural concerns over time, the impulse to tell stories about love is universal and timeless. "The Popular Romance Project" film, a two-hour documentary, will capture the humor, irony, entrepreneurial energy, and sheer exuberance of the romance novel community. Even though reading and writing are both extremely personal, intimate activities, romance readers and writers have created a highly interactive global community based on their shared experiences of romance fiction. The film and its integrated companion website will inspire millions of viewers to think contextually and historically about popular romance stories, consider the origins of canonical stories that are repeated in each era, and focus on the complex roles of class, race, and gender in popular romance around the globe.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$616,000 (approved)
$616,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2015


TD-50256-10

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Laurie Kahn (Project Director: January 2010 to April 2014)
The Popular Romance Project: Exploring the Romance Novel from Multiple Perspectives Across Time and Culture

Final planning and scripting for a film, a symposium, and reading and discussion programs on how romance literature reflects universal themes of courtship, love, and intimacy.

Though popular romance fiction readily adapts to new technologies and cultural concerns that vary over time, the impulse to tell stories about love is universal and timeless. With a variety of complementary, carefully integrated programs -- a documentary film for national television broadcast, an academic symposium, and a nationwide series of library discussion groups -- the Popular Romance Project will stir thoughtful reflection and widespread conversations about the popular portrayal of romance, examining the creation and consumption of popular romance novels and other forms of popular romance. Informed by the best scholarship in cultural history, literature studies, folklore, popular culture studies, anthropology, and new media, the project's partners will engage their overlapping audiences to promote critical dialogue as well as an accessible and engaging examination of the many roles romance novels play in our culture.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
America's Media Makers: Development Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$48,000 (approved)
$48,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 2/29/2012


GN-26251-01

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Laurie Kahn (Project Director: February 2001 to November 2004)
Tupperware: Historical Insights into American Consumer Culture

Production of a one-hour documentary film about Earl Tupper, Brownie Wise, and the creation of Tupperware, a plastic product and an American icon.

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Project fields:
Gender Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Labor Relations

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$450,000 (approved)
$450,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2001 – 2/29/2004


GN-25178-95

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Laurie Kahn (Project Director: December 1997 to February 1999)
A Midwife's Tale

Production of a feature-length film on the life and world of 18th-century American midwife Martha Ballard (1735–1812).

A Midwife's Tale: Discovering the World of Martha Ballard will reveal the process of community formation in a post-Revolutionary frontier town, as seen through the eyes of Martha Ballard — an ordinary woman who left behind a unique and detailed daily account of her life between 1785 and 1812. The film will explore die changes that took place in medical practice, religion, the economy, and family life during the decades of social upheaval that shook the new republic. The film will also take its audience into the process of historical discovery, revealing the historical detective work of Laurel Ulrich — bringing the exciting, original scholarship of her Pulitzer Prize winning book to a large national audience.

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Project fields:
Media Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$903,000 (approved)
$903,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/31/1995 – 4/30/1998

Funding details:
Original grant (1995) $800,000
Supplement (1996) $100,000
Supplement (1998) $3,000


GN-25029-94

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Laurie Kahn (Project Director: March 1994 to September 1995)
A Midwife's Tale: Discovering the World of Martha Ballard

To support production of a test reel for a feature-length documentary film on the life and world of late 18th-century midwife Martha Ballard.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$201,200 (approved)
$201,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1994 – 2/28/1995


GN-24597-92

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc. (Melrose, MA 02176-3933)
Laurie Kahn (Project Director: March 1992 to May 1995)
A Midwife's Tale: Discovering the Life of Martha Ballard

To support scripting for a 90-minute documentary on the life and world of Martha Ballard, a Maine midwife who kept a diary from 1785 to 1812.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$81,008 (approved)
$81,008 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1992 – 12/31/1993