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Patrice O'Neill
Director and Producer

The Fire Next Time - Patrice O'NeillCo-founder of The Working Group in Oakland, California, Patrice O'Neill has produced national series on PBS for 15 years. Not in Our Town, The Working Group's 1995 story of how Billings, Montana, responded to a rash of hate crimes, which O'Neill co-produced with Rhian Miller, struck a chord nationwide. What began as a half-hour PBS special turned into a ten-year-long national outreach campaign used in over 100 communities across the country. In addition to the follow-up special, Not in Our Town II, O'Neill recently completed the first-ever regional special in the series, Not in Our Town Northern California: When Hate Happens Here, a co-production with KQED-TV in San Francisco.

As part of The Working Group, O'Neill was executive producer/producer of Livelyhood, the ten-part PBS series that explored workplace change. She was executive producer for Test of Courage, a PBS special on diversifying the Oakland Fire Department, produced by Kyung Sun Yu and Gary Mercer. Her other award-winning documentaries with Rhian Miller for the We Do the Work public television series include: Family Fuel: A Coal Strike Story, This Far by Faith and Leaving Home.

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I made this film for the people on the sidelines who may know their town is in trouble but don't know what to do about it...”

— Patrice O'Neill, Filmmaker

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