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102 Minutes That Changed AmericaTelevision

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: Television Network: History Channel Info: 102 Minutes That Changed America
Louder Than a BombTelevision/Film

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: Television/Film Network: Oprah Winfrey Network Film Website:
Chicago Symphony OrchestraCorporate/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 04, 2014 Category: Corporate/Non-Profit Client: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Witness KatrinaTelevision

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: Television Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: Katrina


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: Corporate/Non-Profit Client: SongwritingWith:Soldiers
Head OnTelevision

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: January 15, 2006 Category: Television Network: Discovery Channel Info: Head On
Witness: Disaster in JapanTelevision

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: Television Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: Disaster in Japan
The People Speak, Live!Corporate/Non-Profit

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: Corporate/Non-Profit Client: Voices of a People's History
Robert R. McCormick FoundationCorporate/Non-Profit

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 04, 2013 Category: Corporate/Non-Profit Client:Robert R. McCormick Foundation
Witness: D.C. 9/11Television

Witness: D.C. 9/11

Through raw sound and video, Witness: D.C. 9/11 reconstructs the morning of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath in Washington, D.C., as first the nation—then the nation's capital—came under assault. The show captures the mix of confusion, fear, panic, and chaos that shook the city, and in turn, profoundly affected America’s response to the day's events.

Date: September 6, 2010 Category: Television Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: D.C. 9/11
Balena Truffle PizzaCorporate/Non-Profit

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 04, 2013 Category: Corporate/Non-Profit Client: Balena
Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011Television

Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011

April 2011 was the most violent month of tornados on record, and the deadliest in modern times. The 'super outbreak' of April 26-28 alone involved more than a hundred separate twisters, killing over 300 people and cutting a swath of destruction across the south. Using dozens of amateur and professional sources, Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011 tells the story of this once-in-a-century event, as captured by those who lived through it.

Date: May 29, 2011 Category: Television Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: Tornado Swarm 2011
Witness: Joplin TornadoTelevision

Witness: Joplin Tornado

Weaving together dozens of professional and amateur archival sources, along with dramatic interviews with the people behind the cameras, Witness: Joplin Tornado reconstructs the deadliest twister in modern times, through the eyes of those who lived through it. In doing so, it serves as both a visceral, you-are-there account of nature’s wrath at its most ferocious, and a powerful testament to the spirit of the people of Joplin.

Date: May 21, 2012 Category: Television Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: Joplin Tornado
Ounce of Prevention FundCorporate/Non-Profit

Ounce of Prevention Fund

The Ounce of Prevention Fund helps parents of children in poverty develop the skills and confidence needed to become forceful advocates for their kids. This video, produced for the Ounce's 2012 Annual Luncheon, highlights the profound impact of the organization's work in this area. As one young mother puts it, "They say the sky's the limit. I don't want my kids to stop at the sky when there's footprints on the moon."

Date: May 2, 2012 Category: Corporate/Non-Profit Client: Ounce of Prevention Fund


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: March 1, 2012 Category: Corporate/Non-Profit Client: 1871
Witness: G.I. HomecomingTelevision

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: Television Network: National Geographic Channel Info: Witness: G.I. Homecoming