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Aired March 28, 2023

The Movement and the “Madman”

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The Movement and the “Madman” shows how two antiwar protests in the fall of 1969 — the largest the country had ever seen — pressured President Nixon to cancel what he called his “madman” plans for a massive escalation of the U.S. war in Vietnam, including a threat to use nuclear weapons. At the time, protestors had no idea how influential they could be and how many lives they may have saved.

Told through remarkable archival footage and firsthand accounts from movement leaders, Nixon administration officials, historians, and others, the film explores how the leaders of the antiwar movement mobilized disparate groups from coast to coast to create two massive protests that changed history.



Produced and Directed By
Stephen Talbot

Edited By
Stephanie Mechura

Executive Producer
Robert Levering 

Archival Researcher
Blanche Chase

Music By
Osei Essed

Steve Ladd

Associate Producer  
Devin McCutchen

Assistant Editor
Julie Hwang

Andy Black
Richard Chisolm

Kim Aubry
Richard Chisolm
Luis Granados
Kenny Harrington
Dennis Jacobsen
Larry Peter
Bart Rankin
Kerry Sheridan
David Wendlinger
Taylor Wizner
Benjamin Wollner  

Graphic Design
Michael Frederick
Frederick Huxham

Sound Mixing
Skywalker Sound
Christopher Barnett
Cameron Wiggins
David C. Hughes
Dmitri Makarov                                                                             

Post Production Supervisor
Zap Zoetrope Aubry Productions     
Kim Aubry

Online Editor
Ashley Paganl

Color Grading                                    
Leo Hallal

Production Consultants
David Davis
Abby Ginzberg

Eva M. Santelli

Isaac Hager
Justine Jacob

Fiscal Sponsor
Filmmakers Collaborative Inc.

Music Clearance
The Rights Workshop
Maryam Battaglia

Spanish Translation
Diana Trudell 

Archival Materials Courtesy of                                               
Richard Abbott
ABCnews Videosource
Akron Beacon Journal
Patrick Frazier Political and Social Movements Collection,
American University Archives and Special Collections
Antioch Bookplate Co.     
The Associated Press           
The Boston Globe
Sam Brown
Stephen Bull
Ken Castle
Brenda Cavanaugh
David Cortright
Susan Miller Coulter                       
Catapult Sports, Inc.
CBS News / Veritone
The Central Intelligence Agency
Classic Images
Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections
Daved Dye
The Everett Collection , Inc.
David Fenton                        
Leonard Freed (C) /Magnum Photos
Getty Images                        
Estate of John C. Goodwin
Ullstein Bild - Fondation Horst Tappe / Granger
Get Archive LLC
Burt Glinn (C) /Magnum Photos
David Hartsough
David Hawk
Joan Libby Hawk                
Hilton Pictures
Historic Images
Internet Archive           
Jami Janes                            
Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum                                        KQED, Inc.
Yoko Ono Lennon
Library of Congress
Danny Lyon (C) / Magnum Photos
Metromedia Producers Corporation
Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Minneapolis Tribune
David Mixner                       
The Morning Call
National Archives And Records Administration
National Security Archive
NBC News Archives/Getty Images
The New York Times
Richard Nixon Presidential Library And Museum
All of Us or None Archive, Oakland Museum of California
Oddball Films
Periscope Films
William R. Stein
Mary Posner                         
Herbert Randall Freedom Summer Photographs, Special Collections in McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi
Harvey Richards Media Archive
Ben Shahn
The Sheboygan Press
Ron Sherman                       
G. William Jones Film And Video Collection, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Stephen Talbot
Alison Teal                            
Ken Thompson, ©The General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, Inc.  Used with permission of Global Ministries.
Jeff Albertson Photograph Collection, Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center, UMass Amherst Libraries
Peter Simon Collection, Robert S. Cox Special Collections and University Archives Research Center, UMass Amherst Libraries
United Press International
United States Air Force
United States Navy
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Senate Historical Office
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
University Archives Photo Collection, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Archives
UW Oshkosh Archives
Joseph Urgo                          
Vanderbilt Television News Archive
Washington Area Spark
The Washington Post
Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine
Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor And Union Affairs, Wayne State University
Wisconsin Historical Society                                                           The WNET Group

Additional Music
“All Along The Watchtower”
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Jimi Hendrix

“I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To Die Rag”
Words and Music by Joe McDonald
Performed by Country Joe & The Fish

“We Shall Not Be Moved”
Written by Keith Leon Potger, Athol Guy, Bruce Woodley, Judith Durham
Performed by Pete Seeger

Written by Marty Balin and Paul Kantner
Performed by Jefferson Airplane

"Embryonic Journey”
Written by Jorma Kaukonen, Jr
Performed by Jefferson Airplane

“The Times They Are A-Changin’”
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Peter, Paul And Mary

“Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)”
Written by Pete Seeger
Performed by The Byrds

“People Got To Be Free”
Written by Edward Brigati and Felix Cavaliere
Performed by The Rascals

“Chimes of Freedom”
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by The Byrds

“Chimes of Freedom”
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bob Dylan

“Fortunate Son”
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Something In The Air”
Written by John David Percy Keen
Performed by Thunderclap Newman

“Carry It On”
Written by Gil Turner
Performed by Judy Collins

The Movement And The “Madman” Original Production Funding Provided by
Jonathan Logan Family Foundation
Christopher And Nancy Meyer
Bill Prince
Daniel Whalen
Susan Barnes
Berkeley Film Foundation
Cynda Collins Arsenault
Paul Harris
Robert Estrin
And others
A complete list is available from PBS

American Experience Original Production Funding Provided by
Corporation For Public Broadcasting
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Documentary Investment Group

Executive in Charge for PBS
Wendy Llinas

Produced by Glen Park Films LLC in association with PBS
© 2023 Glen Park Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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