With three days to go, onetime mayoral candidate Sam Katz has met his Kickstarter goal of raising $53,000 to continue making his documentary series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. During this round of fund-raising, previous chapters of the documentary have been nominated for a passel of Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards, including two for Katz as producer. There’s still time to donate, though, if you want to be part of something both history-making and award-winning.
Sam Katz, the failed three-time candidate for Philly mayor, has achieved rather more success creating a 12-part documentary about the history of Philadelphia, but he needs a little cash to re-cut finish the project. So he’s started a Kickstarter campaign, attempting to raise $53,500 by Aug. 9.
PHILADELPHIA: THE GREAT EXPERIMENT is a feature-length documentary on the history of Philadelphia from 1944 –1994, a period that saw dramatic social changes, political corruption, and violence. But it also saw inspiring moments in sports, music, social reform, and the arts that epitomized the innovation and diversity that made Philadelphia the trail-blazing and resilient city it is today.
Philadelphia is the only major American city yet to be featured in documentary film, and we’re going to change that. By departing from a 1776-centric historical focus, we explore stories of Philadelphia’s more recent past –a past that’s still affecting the city today.
Contribute $10,000 or more, and you can even get an “associate producer” credit.
The next installment of your 12-part history of Philly airs on 6 ABC this month [7:30 p.m., June 20]. Why focus on 1965 to 1978—a.k.a. the Rizzo years?
We’re working on a trilogy, if you will, of episodes that when put together will cover 50 years of contemporary history—from 1944 to 1994. It just felt right to connect the dots of contemporary history on issues that really explain how Philadelphia arrived at the place it finds itself today. Read more »
PICA Chair and thrice-mayoral candidate Sam Katz has, for a little while now, been releasing 30-minute episodes of his multi-part documentary “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” on 6 ABC. The fourth segment—”A City Worth Fighting For: 1965-1968″—will air on June 20th. Check out the new trailer promoting the whole project, individual episodes of which are available online.
Local pols broke out their crystal balls for the Inky this morning, offering federal funding prognostications ranging from the platitudinous (“It’s always good for Philadelphia to have a friend in the White House” — city controller Alan Butkovitz) to the pragmatic (our more than 557,000 votes for the president means “people in Washington will take note” — political consultant Larry Ceisler) to the potentially menacing (“Mayor Nutter and the congressional delegation should be at the front of the list” — labor leader John Dougherty). But intermittently green financial watchdog Sam Katz thinks we shouldn’t expect anything but a tasteful thank-you card: “If you take seriously things like fiscal cliffs and deficits … I don’t think this is a windfall election for Philadelphia, or any city for that matter.” [The Inquirer]
If you think you’re utterly wiped by the end of campaign season, have you ever stopped to consider how it makes candidates feel?
Since the answer to that question is “No, not once, even for a second,” we’ll let Sam Katz tell you:
Katz ran three times for mayor of Philadelphia and once for governor of Pennsylvania. He says his 2003 campaign took a huge emotional toll on him. He recalls a night when hecklers drowned out his speech during a rally. He says after weeks of being heckled at campaign events, and seeing the same group of hecklers intimidate his wife and children, he snapped.
“I was out of control furious, I had to be dragged into the car, cause I wanted a piece of everybody, I was so angry, I don’t think I realized how beat up I was in that process, until it was over.”
Sam Katz. Businessman, politician. Searching for a way to tap into the secret vote that all Philadelphians over the age of 18 have. Then an accidental overdose of oppositional radiation interacts with his unique body chemistry … [NewsWorks]
Last night at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penns Landing, Girard College hosted a screening of the new documentary Stephen Girard: A Philadelphia Legacy. The film was produced by former mayoral candidate Sam Katz and his son Phil Katz (not pictured) as part of the Katz Creative Group. Introducing and commenting on the film last night were: David L. Cohen, executive vice-president at Comcast, Autumn A. Graves, Girard’s president, and Kevin Feeley (Girard College Class of 1973), president of Bellevue Communications Group.
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