The Question of God

Program Collaborators

Dr. Armand Nicholi | Catherine Tatge | Dominique Lasseur | Michael Sullivan

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Armand Nicholi

Harvard University professor and author of The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life

Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., M.D., is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for the past 25 years, where he teaches a popular course. He also teaches an undergraduate course at Harvard College.

Dr. Nicholi's research has ranged from a study of changes in the structure of the American family, to the study of object relations theory and its application to the success of organizations. Focusing on the causes for the widespread non-therapeutic use of drugs and on the biological and psychological consequences of their use, his investigation of college dropouts is the first large-scale epidemiological study of that age group.

Dr. Nicholi is editor and co-author of one of the leading textbooks on psychiatry used in universities and medical schools throughout the world. He has authored more than 120 scientific publications, including original articles, chapters, and abstracts.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and was elected a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Scientific Affiliation and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has served on the Council of Research of the American Psychiatric Association. He was elected to the Harvard Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society.

He has served as consultant to the U.S. Peace Corps, to the U.S. surgeon general, to the White House, to several U.S. senators, to numerous agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to the National Football League, to the Rockford Institute on the Family, and to many corporations such as Raytheon and Goldman Sachs.

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Catherine Tatge

Producer-Director, The Question of God

Catherine Tatge is a producer and director of film and television, and a partner with her husband Dominique Lasseur in Tatge/Lasseur Productions. For over 25 years, her work has encompassed many genres, from public affairs, performance, and dance, to biographies and the world of ideas.

In 1988, she changed American television as producer and director of Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, for which she received an Emmy Award. Her talent for translating intellectual material to the screen includes numerous works about spirit and the human condition — including her newest series, The Question of God, premiering on PBS in September 2004.

Her documentary films about creative genius include biographical portraits of Stella Adler, Martha Graham, Nadine Gordimer, Barbara Hendricks, Robert Motherwell, Dawn Upshaw, Derek Walcott, Tennessee Williams, and William Wyler. And her dance productions include notable collaborations with Alvin Ailey, American Indian Dance Theater, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine, the Central Ballet of China, Katherine Dunham, Bill T. Jones, Natalia Makarova, Pilobolus, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp. Ms. Tatge brought her vast dance-film experience to the world of feature films and produced the New York City Ballet version of The Nutcracker, released by Warner Brothers.

Her arts documentaries include Art of the 21st Century, a PBS series about contemporary artists; Rings of Passion: Five Emotions in World Art, produced and directed with J. Carter Brown; and the IBM-funded series, The Creative Spirit.

Ms. Tatge's close working relationship with Bill Moyers led to many projects: the ten-hour Genesis: A Living Conversation; the two-hour special Fooling with Words and the series Sounds of Poetry, both documenting the largest poetry event in the United States; the special What Can We Do About Violence?; three programs on the nature of hate — Beyond Hate, Facing Hate with Elie Wiesel, and Hate on Trial; and numerous interviews on Moyers: A World of Ideas.

In non-Moyers programming with related themes, she directed the television adaptation of Elizabeth Swados' musical theater work The Hating Pot — about the perpetuation of racial and religious intolerance — and Breaking the Silence, about domestic violence. Ms. Tatge was commissioned by the Congress of the United States to direct and produce a historical overview of the U.S. Congress, shown where party leaders and more than 300 U.S. representatives gathered to explore ways of restoring civility to the halls of Congress.

Among the series producers and networks with whom she has produced are PBS's American Masters, Great Performances, and the Alive TV series; Amaya Distribution; ARTE; BBC; Bravo; Caméras Continentales; France 3, and Ovation. Ms. Tatge has been honored with numerous awards including an Emmy Award, the duPont-Columbia Award, The ACE Award, The Humanitas Prize, The Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo Award, and The San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award, among many others.

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Dominique Lasseur

Producer, The Question of God

Dominique Lasseur is a producer of film and television, and a partner with his wife Catherine Tatge in Tatge/Lasseur Productions. He is co-producer of their latest project, The Question of God: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis with Dr. Armand Nicholi, premiering on PBS in September 2004.

With numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad, his work has embraced performance, performance documentaries, biographical profiles, news and public affairs, and informational programming.

From Holo Mai Pele — a dance/performance special on PBS's Great Performances — and a series entitled Dances of the Pacific, he also produced Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope, a PBS special on domestic violence, as well as special programming for the Pew Charitable Trust, Harvard Business School, and Fred Friendly Seminars.

He produced a special on poetry, Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers on the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, as well as Sounds of Poetry, a series of nine programs featuring contemporary poets. In music, he produced The Little Red Caboose, a pilot program designed to teach music to young children, as well as a televised concert featuring gospel singer CeCe Winans. And in classical music, Mr. Lasseur produced Playing with Fire, a 90-minute special on the 10th Van Cliburn Piano Competition, as well as Encore, a series of six half-hour programs featuring the Competition finalists, and a series of programs featuring author Jean Houston. Mr. Lasseur was co-executive producer of the four-hour series, What Can We Do About Violence? with Bill Moyers, and co-produced Liz Swados' The Hating Pot.

Co-founder of the not-for-profit company International Cultural Programming, Mr. Lasseur worked as producer or production executive on all of the company's productions, including a series of biographies for the American Masters series on PBS — including Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage and Martha Graham: The Dancer Revealed — and Our Mixed-Up Culture, a pilot for a cultural magazine hosted by Buck Henry and funded by General Motors. He also co-produced a series of performance documentaries, Works & Process, for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He produced Book of Days, a feature film shot in the south of France by Meredith Monk and shown at the New York Film Festival, and served as production supervisor for the Warner Brothers film version of New York City Ballet's The Nutcracker, starring Macaulay Culkin.

Mr. Lasseur has a diverse background in French television, theater, and film. He began his career as a stage and film actor in Marseilles and Paris. In 1979, he moved into television production, working as an associate producer for the major French television networks. Among his credits are Gospel Caravan; Carmen with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Proust with ballerina Maya Plissetskaya; and Parisiana with dancer Zizi Jeanmaire. In 1980-1981, he worked for Camera One Company on post-production of Don Giovanni, the film/opera directed by Joseph Losey, and Houston, Texas, a documentary directed by François Reichenbach.

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Michael Sullivan

Executive Producer, The Question of God

Michael Sullivan is the executive producer of special projects for Frontline, PBS's investigative documentary series. He previously served as senior producer and executive producer for Frontline.

Mr. Sullivan has overseen dozens of Frontline projects, including the highly acclaimed The Gulf War and The Farmer's Wife mini-series. His credits include the investigation of the Rwanda genocide The Triumph of Evil, winner of a Peabody, an Emmy, and a duPont-Columbia Award; The Killer at Thurston High; and John Paul II: The Millennial Pope, winner of a duPont-Columbia Silver Baton.

In addition to his work at Frontline, Mike has also served as the executive producer for various PBS national productions. Last year he completed the award-winning Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy. His recent and upcoming projects include: The Question of God and The Age of AIDS.

A graduate of Harvard University, Sullivan began his broadcast career as a news and documentary cameraman in his home state of Oregon. As a young producer for Portland's NBC affiliate, KGW-TV, he created and produced the first edition of Evening Magazine; a concept later successfully syndicated by Westinghouse.

In 1976 he moved to WCCO-TV, the distinguished CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, to write and produce a weekly public affairs magazine show. He later developed and was executive producer of the WCCO I-Team, recognized as one of local television's largest and most successful investigative units. He was also executive producer of WCCO's award-winning documentary series, supervising more than thirty films. At WCCO, Sullivan formed a unique partnership between that commercial station and WGBH in Boston, co-producing four Frontline projects before joining the PBS series in 1987.

Sullivan has a special interest in investigative biographies and in the re-investigation of important events in American history, bringing such projects to Frontline as Remember My Lai, Ambush in Mogadishu, The Godfather of Cocaine (Pablo Escobar), The Lost American (humanitarian Fred Cuny), Who's Afraid of Rupert Murdoch, Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald, and, in 2004, The Ghosts of Rwanda.