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102 Minutes That Changed America Television

102 Minutes That Changed America

102 Minutes That Changed America reconstructs—in real time—the events of 9/11 in New York City, using only sound and video from that morning. One of the most acclaimed documentaries of recent years, 102 Minutes received three Primetime Emmys in 2009, including Outstanding Nonfiction Special, and has now been seen by more than twenty-five million viewers worldwide.

Date: September 11, 2008 Category: TV Network: History Channel Info: 102 Minutes That Changed America
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Louder Than A Bomb

Our first feature documentary, Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam. Winner of seventeen festival awards, LTAB was hailed as “one of the ten best documentaries of 2011” by Roger Ebert, and received a perfect 100% rating on The film was an official selection of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “OWN Documentary Club.

Date: January 5, 2012 Category: TV and Film Network: Oprah Winfrey Network Info: Louder Than A Bomb
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Non-Profit

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

In this short doc, legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma works with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago on their first annual "Artistic Challenge": performing Beethoven's 6th Symphony in its entirety, without a conductor.

Date: April 4, 2014 Category: Non-Profit Organization: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Info: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Witness: Katrina Television

Witness: Katrina

Distilling over six hundred hours of video and audio from more than a hundred sources (many of them never before seen on network television), Witness: Katrina reconstructs Hurricane Katrina as it happened, entirely through the eyes of those who experienced it. This two-hour special captures the storm and its aftermath in all its epic human complexity—raw images of fear, grief, and anger, side by side with unforgettable scenes of resilience and even humor. Witness: Katrina received the 2011 News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming.

Date: August 23, 2010 Category: TV Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: Katrina
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Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

A history of photography unlike any other—a century of unforgettable images, filtered through the unmatched eye of Sandro Miller, and the inspired mind of John Malkovich.

Date: July 12, 2016 Category: Web and Non-Profit Info: Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich
Head On Television

Head On

Head On is an unforgettable look inside an obsessive American subculture: the bone-crushing, blue-collar world of "team demolition derby" in Joliet, Illinois. The show follows the sport's two top teams, Orange Crush and Stranglehold, in the month leading up to the last race of the season—the team demolition derby "National Championship." In the end, it all comes down to one epic showdown, with the dreams of each driver—not to mention their families, their fans, and their crews—hanging in the balance.

Date: December 21, 2006 Category: TV Network: Discovery Channel Info: Head On
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1916: The Irish Rebellion

On Easter Monday in 1916, a band of rebels gathered in Dublin to proclaim the birth of an independent Irish Republic. The Easter Rising, as it came to be known, only lasted a week, but its reverberations can still be felt today. This three-part documentary series, narrated by Liam Neeson, explores the impact and legacy of that pivotal event.

Date: February 25, 2016 Category: TV Network: PBS Info: 1916: The Irish Rebellion
The People Speak, Live! Non-Profit sjp_featured_225x170_ps

The People Speak, Live!

SJP worked with the non-profit educational organization Voices of a People's History to capture "The People Speak, Live!", an extraordinary evening of dramatic readings and performances by Chicago poets, activists, actors, and musicians. The show opened with host Matt Damon reading a speech from his late friend and mentor, historian Howard Zinn.

Date: January 31, 2012 Category: Non-Profit Organization: Voices of a People's History Info: The People Speak, Live!
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Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation approached us to produce a video celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their commitment to early childhood care and education, an issue we care deeply about. To tell the story, we collaborated with our friends at 321 FastDraw, keeping it lighthearted and entertaining, while highlighting key information in memorable ways.

Date: November 4, 2013 Category: Non-Profit and Corporate Organization: Robert R. McCormick Foundation Info: Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Unexpected Justice: the Rise of John Paul Stevens Television sjp_featured_225x170_unexpected_justice

Unexpected Justice: the Rise of John Paul Stevens

Unexpected Justice: The Rise of John Paul Stevens tells the surprising story of a 1969 Illinois judicial corruption scandal and the investigation that followed, which launched a brilliant but little-known Chicago lawyer named John Paul Stevens on the path to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Date: September 15, 2015 Category: TV Network: WTTW Info: Unexpected Justice: the Rise of John Paul Stevens
Balena Truffle Pizza Corporate nt

Balena Truffle Pizza

Balena’s chef Chris Pandel and Rare Tea Cellar’s Rodrick Markus collaborate on a black and white truffle pizza.

Date: December 4, 2013 Category: Corporate Organization: Balena Restaurant Chicago Info: Balena Truffle Pizza
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The School Project

An unprecedented collaboration among some of Chicago’s most experienced documentary storytellers, The School Project is a year-long series of online mini-docs designed to help spark an informed, civil debate about the state and fate of the Chicago Public Schools. SJP produced the premiere episode of the series, a look back at William Bennett’s controversial 1987 comment that Chicago’s schools were the “worst” in the nation.

Date: October 28, 2014 Category: Web and Non-Profit Info: The School Project
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Witness: Disaster In Japan

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck seventy-five miles off the northeastern coast of Japan. For the next several hours, residents watched in stunned horror as a series of massive waves inundated entire towns, laying waste to everything in their path. Weaving together user-generated video and raw news archive, Witness: Disaster in Japan reconstructs the earthquake and tsunami as they happened, through the eyes of those who experienced them.

Date: April 13, 2011 Category: TV Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: Disaster In Japan
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SongwritingWith: Soldiers

SongwritingWith:Soldiers is an amazing organization that pairs active-duty soldiers and veterans with professional songwriters to craft songs about their personal combat experiences and their transitions home. Designed to be shown at major sporting events, as well as featured on the organization’s website, this PSA premiered on the Jumbotron at the 2014 Daytona 500.

Date: February 24, 2014 Category: Non-Profit Organization: SongwritingWith: Soldiers Info: SongwritingWith: Soldiers
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1871 is a Chicago-based technology hub that brings coders, developers, and entrepreneurs together to launch innovative startups. We produced this video to capture the creative energy of working and collaborating at 1871's offices in Chicago's Merchandise Mart. The poem is an original piece written and performed by Nate Marshall, one of the poets featured in Louder Than a Bomb; the graffiti artist is Miguel “Kane One” Aguilar.

Date: February 29, 2012 Category: Non-Profit Organization: 1871 Info: 1871
Witness: G.I. Homecoming Television sjp_featured_225x170_witness_GI

Witness: G.I. Homecoming

Witness: G.I. Homecoming reveals the emotional stories behind some of the most memorable surprise reunion videos, creating a powerful portrait of America’s home front, circa 2012. Weaving together home movies, war zone footage shot by the soldiers themselves and original, first-person accounts, the show tells the story of the families’ journeys up to the moment of their unforgettable reunions.

Date: May 28, 2012 Category: TV Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: G.I. Homecoming