Kenneth M. Mandel
Kenneth M. Mandel is the co-founder of Great Projects Film Co., Inc. and is an executive producer, producer, director, and writer. Among his programs recently completed and scheduled for broadcast on PBS are:
- Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans a one-hour program about young Jewish men and women who fled to the forest of Eastern Europe and fought back against the Nazis. Air date: April 4, 2002 10 PM
- Great Projects: The Building of America (www.pbs.org/greatprojects/), a four-part series about the creation of the nation's public works and the engineers, politicians and workers who made it happen. Air dates: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 2002 at 10 PM.
Among the programs Ken has produced at Great Projects are the following:
- Crucible of Empire: The United States and the Spanish American War, a two-hour PBS program on the war's causes, its battles and sobering aftermath. Broadcast in 1999.
- Millennium Minutes, a series of sixty-second mini-documentaries looking at the people, events and achievements that shaped the past 1,000 years. PBS beginning January, 1999.
- Movie Matrimony, a look at weddings through Hollywood's lens. More than 30 films show the trials and tribulations of couples on their way to the altar. American Movie Classics 1998.
- The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, a two-hour PBS program about the 1961 trial in Jerusalem of the Nazi war criminal, using the original footage and interviews with trial participants. Premiered April 30, 1997. EMMY AWARD NOMINEE.
- He Conquered Space, a biography of German rocket engineer Wernher Von Braun for the Discovery Channel. Broadcast December, 1996.
- An Essay on Matisse, a PBS special examining one of the century's greatest artists. Broadcast November, 1996. ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE.
- George Marshall and the American Century, a documentary called by General Colin Powell "a stunningly beautiful story about a great American." EMMY AWARD WINNER.
Ken serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium and Black Maria Film Festival; the board of trustees, Friends of the Edison National Historic Site, West Orange, NJ; and on the board of directors, Ensemble Studio Theater, in New York.
Logistically, there was a range of challenges. We had to stay on top of the hundreds of events that were transpiring in relation to redevelopment: community board meetings, city council meetings, victims' family meetings, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation board meetings, etc. Once we discovered one, we had to gain access and then put a crew together to shoot it.
Born February 25, 1947 in Newark, New Jersey, he attended Weequahic High School, graduated from Hillside High School in 1964, and Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1969 with degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Liberal Arts. He lives in West Orange, NJ, with his wife, Janet, who he met at college, and two children, Arthur, 17, a senior at West Orange High School, who designed the Great Projects web site (www.greatprojects.com) and Tyler, 15, a sophomore at WOHS.