The TV Series & Beyond Culture Shock

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The Series:
Born to Trouble: The Adventures of Huck Finn
The Shock of the Nude: Manet's Olympia
Hollywood Censored: The Production Code
The Devil's Music: 1920's Jazz
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Producer Biographies
Jill Janows
Executive Producer
Producer, Born to Trouble: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Since 1991 Jill Janows has been an executive producer for cultural programming at WGBH, where she launched Culture Shock, a four-part historical documentary series on controversial art and freedom of expression. For Culture Shock, she produced the film on Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in addition to executive producing the series. Janows also executive produced the American broadcast of Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, a ten-part art history series which aired on PBS in September 1997, and produced Bill Moyers in Conversation with Sister Wendy, a one-hour PBS special. She is currently overseeing WGBH's new series Sister Wendy's American Collection, a tour of six American museums, scheduled to air in Spring 2001.

Previously Janows spent ten years in New York as a documentary filmmaker. She wrote, produced, and directed The Story of Anna Akhmatova, a one-hour film on the Russian poet, which WGBH presented nationally on PBS in November, 1991. She was also senior producer for Voices & Visions, the thirteen-hour series on modern American poetry broadcast on PBS in 1988, and produced its films on William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Emily Dickinson, and Elizabeth Bishop. Her films have been honored at numerous film festivals and exhibitions including the Berlin, Chicago, and Sundance film festivals.

Prior to her documentary work, she pursued a career as a freelance arts writer for publications including The Boston Globe and New Boston Review. Janows grew up in Highland Park, Illinois, and studied philosophy and art history as an undergraduate at Wellesley College.

Richard P. Rogers
Producer, The Shock of the Nude: Manet's Olympia

Richard P. Rogers makes films that explore a broad range of topics and employ a variety of film strategies. His experimental films, which include Quarry; Elephants; 226-1690; Cadmium Yellow; Trevi; Moving Pictures; and Sienna, Chronicles of a Medieval Commune, concern art making and architecture. His independently produced long format documentaries include Living at Risk and Pictures from a Revolution, both made with Susan Meiselas and Alfred Guzzetti, and The Cost of Living. Rogers also directed a number of nationally broadcast PBS documentaries, including William Carlos Williams and Wallace Stevens for the series on poetry called Voices & Visions. In 1993 he wrote and produced the national broadcast of William Kennedy's Albany. More recently, he directed A Midwife's Tale, a feature length film broadcast on PBS's The American Experience.

Rogers received his B.A. and M.Ed degrees from Harvard University and studied at The Royal College of Art and the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University, England. He was a Fulbright Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Rogers lives in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a Senior Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University where he is the Director of The Film Study Center.

David Espar
Producer, Hollywood Censored: Movies, Morality & the Production Code

A long-time independent producer, David Espar joined WGBH in 1981 to produce, write, and edit five episodes of the prize-winning business series Enterprise. He later coproduced, cowrote, photographed, and edited Song of Survival, an independent film that aired on PBS in 1986. Espar served as senior producer for the ten-part PBS series Rock & Roll, and has produced several other projects for public television including People's Century, War and Peace in the Nuclear Age, and, for The American Experience, Nixon and The Kennedys.

His numerous professional honors include two Peabody Awards (Rock & Roll and People's Century), an Emmy Award (The Kennedys), Blue and Red Ribbon Prizes at the American Film Festival, CINE Golden Eagles, a Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival, a Silver World medal from the New York Festivals, two Writers Guild Awards, and a Worldfest Houston Gold Medal.

María Agui Carter and Calvin A. Lindsay, Jr.
Producers, The Devil's Music: 1920s Jazz

María Agui Carter is a Boston freelance producer and independent filmmaker. She produced numerous award-winning programs for WGBH's La Plaza series, specializing in documentaries about the culture and politics of Latinos. In 1992, Carter joined Jill Janows to research the Culture Shock series in its development phase. She returned in the production phase to work on two of the programs, Born to Trouble and The Devil's Music, which she produced with Calvin A. Lindsay, Jr. Her most recent work, Tango: Duel and Dance, is a mixed genre performance/historical documentary on the culture of the Tango.

Carter is currently in production on a personal film about her experiences growing up in the United States as an undocumented immigrant. She is also developing a script based on the life of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, a Latina woman who fought in the American Civil War disguised as Lieutenant Harry Buford.

Calvin A. Lindsay, Jr. has worked in television production for almost two decades, beginning as a WGBH production intern while attending Northeastern University. Over the years, Lindsay has produced a number of Emmy Award-winning documentaries and productions that have been recognized by the National Black Programming Consortium, The Association of Massachusetts Broadcasters, the New York Festivals, and the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

Since becoming series producer for the WGBH series Say Brother five years ago, Lindsay has added two new strands to the program: an "African American's Journal," conceived as a forum for independent filmmakers, and "Reflections...," an in-depth interview presentation. Lindsay received Emmy Award-nominations in the inaugural year for both projects, winning for the "Reflections..." series with an interview of actor James Earl Jones.

In 1995, Lindsay received Emmy Awards for Silent Screams: The Plight of Love, Abuse and Being Black, and The Homecoming, a project that chronicled the return to South Africa of Johannes Manong. Recently, he won a local Emmy for In Our Own Words, an examination of social, cultural, and political issues from the perspective of Massachusetts teenagers.

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