Turning Tide Productions
PO Box 864
Wendell, MA 01379
Call To Arrange
info [at] turningtide.comwww.turningtide.com
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BEATING THE ODDS: Inside Three Urban Charter Schools Narrated by Sarah Jones An inside look at three high-performing progressive community non-profit urban charter schools in the Boston area that serve mostly low-income, Black and Latino students, many of whom are several grade levels behind academically when they enroll. These schools set records for achievement and send the vast majority of their students on to college. Through interviews with students, teachers, and school leaders, as well as scenes depicting daily life inside the classroom and at school-wide events, BEATING THE ODDS presents an engaging examination of what makes these schools successful. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV. Currently under review for broadcast consideration by public television.
58 minutes • DVD
by actress and Air America Radio host, Janeane Garofalo,
this feature-length documentary is an intimate portrait of
American dissenters reflecting on their personal participation
as engaged citizens in a time of war. The 78-minute film follows
a diverse group of individuals, ranging in age from 13 to 74,
including middle and high school students, college students, teachers,
clergy, and war veterans from Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf,
as they take part in vigils, marches, theater performances, and
civil disobedience sit-ins to protest the start of the Iraq War.. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV. 78 minutes DVD
contemporary music by 2005 Grammy Award winner Steve Earle,
Pete Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Jonatha Brooke, Stephan
Smith, Saul Williams, DJ Spooky, and original music by John
PEACE PATRIOTS gives us hope and inspiration. I hope it will
be shown widely. —Howard Zinn, Author
of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
HEALING THE WOUNDS OF WAR
A film about conflict transformation and the work of the Karuna Center For Peacebuilding, a U.S.-based organization, which brought together Serb and Muslim teachers seeking to rebuild and reunite their devastated communities in the aftermath of the war in Bosnia. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
“Dialog is so very important. We will never be able to move forward if we aren’t able to sit at the same table and listen to each other’s needs, wishes, and hopes.” —Senka Jakupovic, Bosnian Teacher
A chronicle of the first national peace demonstrations which took
place in Washington, DC and New York City following the September
11 attacks. An effective discussion catalyst to widen the scope
of debate about U.S. responses to terrorism. Nationally broadcast
on Free Speech TV.
25 minutes DVD "VOICES FOR PEACE is an inspirational boost,
letting those who oppose war know they are not alone." —Howard Zinn, Author
of A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
ACT OF CONSCIENCE
Narrated by actor Martin Sheen, this feature-length documentary
chronicles the story of two pacifists whose home in western Massachusetts
was seized by federal marshals and IRS agents after they publicly
refused to pay federal taxes as a protest against war and military
spending. World Premiere, Sundance Film Festival. Nationally
broadcast by HBO/Cinemax, Sundance Channel, Link TV and Free Speech TV..
90 minutes DVD
A Journey Through Central America
A chronicle of five New Engtland young people who travel through
Guatemala and Nicaragua waging peace with "Hacky Sack"
to show how a cooperative footgame can be used to make cross-cultural
bridges. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
28 minutes DVD
Native activists from North and South America present first-hand
information on the impact of industrial development upon their
land and cultures. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
21 minutes DVD
DIDNT DISCOVER US
A moving testimony about the impact of the Columbus legacy on
the lives of indigenous people from North, South, and Central
America. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
24 minutes DVD
Vietnam veterans speak to high school students about their first-hand
experiences in war. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
31 minutes DVD
LONG ROAD BACK
High school students interview recovering drug addicts and alcoholics
from Marathon House, an intensive residential treatment program
in Springfield, Massachusetts.
OF THE PEACE PAGODA
A portrait of a Japanese and American Buddhist spiritual community
in western Massachusetts dedicated to the philosophy of nonviolence.
Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
28 minutes DVD
OF THE TALKING DRUM
A portrait of a cross-cultural artistic collaboration: CBS world
beat musicians Tony Vacca and Tim Moran link contemporary jazz with
its African roots, and African-American performance artist Andrea
Hairston blends dramatic monologue, movement, and music to create
a "jazz theater." Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
57 minutes DVD
Eleventh grade students interview Vietnam combat veterans and draft
35 minutes DVD
A childrens special about the history and culture of Irish,
French-Canadian, and Puerto Rican immigrants in Holyoke, Massachusetts,
one of Americas first industrial milltowns. Broadcast on WGBY-TV (PBS, Springfield).
55 minutes DVD
U.S. volunteers travel to a war zone in Nicaragua during the height
of the U.S.-backed Contra war in the mid-1980's to harvest
cotton in a unique citizen-to-citizen peace effort. World premiere,
Telluride Film Festival. Best Nonfiction Film, San Antonio Cine Festival. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
29 minutes DVD (includes both English and Spanish versions)
A document of the historic march for world peace when over a million
people gathered in New York City to call for an end to the nuclear
arms race on June 12, 1982. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
10 minutes DVD
CANT BREAK OUR UNION
A chronicle of the longest strike in Massachusetts history and a
case study of the breakdown in American labor relations in the 1980s.
Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
50 minutes DVD
VOICES FROM THREE MILE ISLAND An oral history audio documentary about America's near catastrophic nuclear accident, which took place at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on March 28, 1979, as told by the people who lived through it. A montage of voices expressing the human side of this traumatic experience — fear, anger, frustration, and betrayal. Presented in this public radio special are the accounts of residents who lived within the 5-mile evacuation zone around the plant: parents, small town officials, doctors, and business people. In interviews, local farmers reveal a dramatic increase in birth defects, stillborns and miscarriages among farm animals, which peaked directly following the nuclear accident. Nationally broadcast on public radio. 116 minutes • Two Audio CDs
A chronicle of a seminal event of 1970s environmental activism
when 1,414 people were arrested in a civil disobedience protest
at a nuclear power plant under construction in Seabrook, New Hampshire
and jailed en masse in National Guard armories for two weeks. Nationally broadcast on Free Speech TV.
80 minutes DVD
Credits: All website photos by Robbie Leppzer, unless otherwise noted.
Row Photo Credit: Lionel Delevingne (upper right).
Column Photo Credits: Diane Greene Lent (VOICES FOR PEACE), Richard
Bancroft (COLUMBUS DIDNT DISCOVER US), Bryan Lagimoniere (STRAIGHT
TALK and VIETNAM STORIES), Lionel Delevingne (CHOOSE LIFE and SEABROOK
1977), and Robert Tobey/The Valley Advocate (THEY CANT BREAK OUR