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BOX 224-550 Part II: Television Productions, 1986-2009
Part II: Television Productions makes up the overwhelming majority of Part II of the collection, chronicling the many documentaries Smith created for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Frontline. These documentaries cover a variety of topics generally viewed through the lens of the American working class. Highlights include programs such as “Challenge to America,” which explores how the American economy, and especially automobile manufacturing, contrasts to the German and Japanese economies with regard to treatment of employees, and “Surviving the Bottom Line,” which continues such themes and explores the decision-making of chief executive officers and their effects on employees and the shift in education to better prepare workers for the American economy. “Making Schools Work” continues the theme of school reform, while “Juggling Work and Family” looks at the pressures of working class families balancing their jobs and family and the unions and corporations that are accommodating them. “Critical Condition” covers the healthcare industry and insurance companies’ conflict of profit-seeking versus providing care, especially regarding the chronically ill.
Smith’s other documentaries expand his focus beyond the working class while still exploring diverse American communities. “Across the River,” looks at community-building efforts in low-income neighborhoods in Washington D.C. “Seeking Solutions” examines community grassroots programs, including local responses to hate crimes in South Carolina. “Duke Ellington’s Washington,” a biography of jazz composer Duke Ellington, also documents the African American community of Washington D.C. “The People and the Power Game” investigates American politics and the influence of lobbyists and the media, as well as the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives and House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton’s presidential administration. Additional topics covered in his documentaries include retirement, campaign finance reform, Enron Corp., Wal-Mart, water pollution, Dave Brubeck, tax evasion, and investment banking.
This series contains a range of material used in the production of Smith’s television documentaries, including production bibles, interview transcripts, research files, segment planning documents, notes, correspondence, digital files, and printed matter. All recordings related to these productions were transferred to the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Record Sound Division.
Arranged into 24 subseries, alphabetically by production.
BOX 224-239 "Across the River," 1990-1996
"Across the River" explores community-building efforts in low-income neighborhoods with high crime rates situated across the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Organizations profiled in this documentary include the Alliance of Concerned Men, the Anacostia-Congress Heights Partnership, the Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, the Parklands community, and mentorship programs at Draper Elementary School and Anacostia High School’s Public Service Academy. Research files documenting the missions and activities of the various organizations profiled in the film form a large part of this subseries. Interview transcripts and segment planning materials, which includes files related to a town-hall style community forum hosted by Smith, further illustrate the people involved in these grassroots efforts to revive Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. The Alliance of Concerned Men is also profiled in Smith’s documentary, "Seeking Solutions."
Arranged alphabetically by topic or material type. The file structure of the digital content maintained as received.
BOX 224 Advisers, 1994-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 224 Awards, 1996
(2 folders)
DF Awards, digital files, 1996
Digital ID: mss62065_198_417
BOX 224 Carriage report, 1995
BOX 224 Clearances, 1995
BOX 224 Contacts, 1994-1995
BOX 224 Credits, 1995
DF Digital files, 1996
Digital ID: mss62065_198_161
BOX 224 Distribution and sales, 1996
BOX 224 Insurance, 1995
(1 folder)
BOX 225 (1 folder)
BOX 225 Interview transcripts
BOX 225 Alliance of Concerned Men, 1995
(2 folders)
BOX 225 Anacostia-Congress Heights Partnership, 1995
(2 folders)
BOX 225 Draper Elementary School and Anacostia High School Public Service Academy, Washington, D.C., 1995
(2 folders)
BOX 226 (1 folder)
BOX 226 Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, 1995
(2 folders)
BOX 226 Parklands community, Washington, D.C., 1995
(4 folders)
BOX 226 Memoranda
BOX 226 General, 1993
(2 folders)
BOX 227 General, 1994-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 227 Production, 1994
(2 folders)
BOX 227 Treatments, 1994-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 227 Music, 1995
BOX 227 Notes, 1995
(3 folders)
BOX 227 Photographs, circa 1995
BOX 228 Postproduction
BOX 228 Master tapes dubs and delivery, 1995
BOX 228 Roland House, 1995
(2 folders)
BOX 228 Proposals, 1994-1995
DF Proposals, digital files, 1994-1995
Digital ID: mss62065_198_176
BOX 228 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
BOX 228 Guidelines, 1995
BOX 228 Program acceptance, 1995
BOX 228 Schedule and air date, 1995 -1996
BOX 228 WETA agreement, 1995
BOX 229 Publicity
BOX 229 DeVillier Communications, 1995
(2 folders)
DF Devillier Communications, digital files, 1995
Digital ID: mss62065_198_418
BOX 229 General, 1995
BOX 229 Press packet, 1995
BOX 229 Reviews, 1995
BOX 229 Release forms, 1995
(4 folders)
BOX 229 Research
BOX 229 Action to Rehabilitate Community Housing, 1994
BOX 230 Advisory Neighborhood Commission, 1993-1994
BOX 230 Allen Community Outreach Center, 1993-1994
BOX 230 Alliance of Concerned Men, 1994
(2 folders)
BOX 230 Anacostia Business and Professional Association, 1994
BOX 230 Anacostia/Congress Heights Partnership
BOX 230 Banks, Jim, 1994
BOX 230 General, 1990-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 230 Notes, 1994
(2 folders)
BOX 230 Training and Employment Coalition, 1994
BOX 231 Anacostia Coordinating Council, 1991-1995
BOX 231 Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, 1994
BOX 231 Anacostia Museum, 1994
BOX 231 City Lights School, Washington, D.C., 1994
BOX 231 A Community Carol, Cornerstone Theater Company, 1993
BOX 231 The Community Partnership, 1992-1994
(2 folders)
BOX 231 "Crossroads: Critical Choices for Development of Healthy Adolescent," conference, 1992
BOX 231 District of Columbia Healthy Start Project, 1994
BOX 231 District of Columbia Television, 1994
BOX 231 Earth Conservation Corps, 1994
BOX 231 East of the River Community Development Corporation, 1994-1995
BOX 231 Family support, 1994
BOX 232 Funds for the Community's Future, 1994
BOX 232 Greater Southeast Community Hospital, Washington, D.C., 1993-1994
BOX 232 GMS Partners, 1994
DF GMS Partners, digital files, 1994
Digital ID: mss62065_198_421
BOX 232 Hawkins, Hannah, 1993
BOX 232 Howard University, Washington, D.C., 1993
BOX 232 Jackson, Jesse L., 1994
BOX 232 Marshall Heights Community Development Center
BOX 232 Employment and training, 1994
BOX 232 "Fighting Back," drug prevention program, 1994
BOX 232 General, 1993-1994
BOX 232 Housing and economic development, 1994
BOX 232 Local Initiatives Support Corporation, 1994
BOX 232 Maps and demographics, 1994
BOX 232 Notes, miscellaneous, circa 1994
BOX 233 Overview binders, 1994
(6 folders)
BOX 234 Parklands Community Center, Washington, D.C., 1994-1995
BOX 234 Pastor McNeil, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, D.C., 1993
BOX 234 Potomac Job Corps, 1993
BOX 234 Preliminary outline, 1994
BOX 234 Preliminary story ideas, 1993-1994
BOX 234 Public Service Academy, Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C., 1994-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 234 Southeast Vicariate Cluster, 1994-1995
(2 folders)
BOX 234 Statistics, 1993-1994
(2 folders)
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