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The Filmmaker John Whitehead

Death of a Dream was produced, written, and directed by John Whitehead. An Emmy-Award winning independent producer, Mr. Whitehead has worked in film and television since 1980. A native of Appleton, Wisconsin, he studied film production at NYU. Whitehead began his career as a cameraman and editor, first in TV news and then in documentaries. As a cinematographer, his credits include programs for Frontline and P.O.V.

As Senior Producer for Arts and Culture at Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) in St. Paul, Minnesota, Whitehead wrote, produced, and directed a wide variety of programs for PBS. His credits at TPT include the documentaries: Not Quite American: Bill Holm of Minnesota; Mississippi, MN; A State Fair Scrapbook; Showcase: Paul Cebar and The Milwaukeeans, and the hilarious television adaptation of Howard Mohr's best-selling book How To Talk Minnesotan. Mr. Whitehead produced the pilot season of the series Portrait, and the second season of TPT's award-winning documentary series Tape's Rolling!

In 1996, Mr. Whitehead left TPT to pursue independent projects. In addition to Death of The Dream: Farmhouses in the Heartland, his independent work includes Clay, Wood, Fire, Spirit, a video portrait of potter and environmentalist Richard Bresnahan, broadcast nationally on PBS (winner, two 1997 Midwest Emmys). The ITVS-funded Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang aired nationally on PBS as the premiere episode in the series "Independent Lens."

John Whitehead's work has won numerous awards including The Chicago Film Festival Award, A Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award and six regional Emmys. Mr. Whitehead spent l993-94 as a William Benton Fellow, a year-long study program for media professionals at The University of Chicago.


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