About the Film

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RICHARD WORMSER: is the originator, writer, director and, with Bill Jersey, co-producer of American Reds. He is also the originator, series producer, co-director/writer of a four-part television series, The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow, the story of the African American struggle for freedom during the era of segregation 1880-1954. The series received national acclaim and has won the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in television programming, three national Emmy nominations, the International Documentary Association Best Series award, Cine Gold Eagle and the Chris Award. He has also written, produced and/or directed over 50 programs for television, and educational institutions, which have received numerous awards and 18 grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

BILL JERSEY: has been producing documentaries for broadcast television for over fifty years and is one of the founders of the modern documentary. His over fifty includes two Academy Award nominees: A Time for Burning, on race relations in America, and Superchief on the life and legacy Chief Justice Earl Warren. His programs have received the Emmy Award and the DuPont Columbia Journalism Award. Other award winning productions include The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow series with Richard Wormser (George Foster Peabody Award), Children of Violence (Emmy), Campus Battleground and What About God? His recent production Charles and Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter, produced with Jason Cohn, received the George Foster Peabody award.