Ken Burns – Co-Director and Producer of Defying the Nazis. Founded in 1976, Ken Burns and Florentine Films have produced some of the most honored documentaries ever made. Since the Academy nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made, including The Civil War; Baseball; Jazz; The War; The National Parks: America’s Best Idea; The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, and most recently, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.
PBS – Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War presented by Ken Burns will air nationwide on PBS stations on September 20, 2016. PBS, with 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 109 million people through television and more than 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter
WETA – WETA Washington, D.C., is one of the largest producing stations of new content for public television in the United States. WETA productions and co-productions include PBS NewsHour; Washington Week With Gwen Ifill; The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize;The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song; In Performance at the White House; documentaries by scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; and films by Ken Burns, including The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The Central Park Five, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and Jackie Robinson. Sharon Percy Rockefeller is president and CEO of WETA. The WETA studios and administrative offices are located in Arlington, Virginia. More information on WETA and its programs and services is available at www.weta.org.
No Limits Media – NLM is a nonprofit organization co-founded by Artemis Joukowsky and Larry Rothstein to demonstrate the value and abilities of people with disabilities through a variety of media. NLM is acting as a co-producer of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War. In addition, NLM helped support Ice Warriors a film produced by WGBH-TV Boston which followed the U.S. Paralympic ice hockey team in it journey to a Gold Medal at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Russia. The documentary aired on PBS twice and on NBCSC. It was named best documentary of the year at the Savannah Film Festival and one of the six best sports films of the year by Sports Illustrated. In addition, NLM supported WGBH’s Medal Quest website which covered the 2012 London Paralympic Games. The website received the Christopher Award for Excellence. NLM is currently developing a documentary about the very high levels of violence against people with disabilities called Three Times the Violence and a film aboug the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive Dance Program for children with autism and Down syndrome.
Facing History and Ourselves – Our lead educational partner is Facing History and Ourselves, one of the world’s most respected educational engagement organizations. FHAO is dedicated to raising students’ awareness of injustice and intolerance. They have created preliminary primary middle and high school educational materials for the film with an online curriculum that brings the story alive to students as they engage in primary materials from the Sharps and the people they rescued.
US Holocaust Memorial Museum – The USHMM is the organizer of the film’s interviews as part of the Steven Spielberg Archives as well as the complete digitization of the Sharp Papers at the Brown University Library. They have also been key partners in the historic authentication of the Sharps work in Europe, and other archives in the US, Germany, Israel, France, England, and the Czech Republic.
Unitarian Universalist Organizations – Unitarian Universalist (UU) organizations are proud to support the legacy of the Sharps and their brave actions for the cause of justice and humanity. Together, Unitarian Universalists are developing an outreach campaign to carry on the values which the Sharps embodied through partnership in communities across the world. UU groups actively engaged with this documentary include:
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) – The Sharps were among the founders of the UUSC and the ties between the Defying the Nazis project and the UU community remains strong. The UUA is a premiere partner in hosting interfaith screening events Planning with UUA and other UU institutions a social media outreach campaign to promote the National Broadcast.
Hillel House – With approximately 600 community centers located on university campuses nationwide, our partnership with Hillel House will allow the film to be presented to a largely younger Jewish audience of future leaders who may not typically watch PBS. By having a community discussion after each film showing, we want to inspire these future Jewish leaders to learn about this untold American Jewish story, to discuss who are the Righteous today, and how all of us can be inspired to become the Righteous of tomorrow.
Anti-Defamation League – Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has given the Sharps their highest award, “The Courage to Care” to those who risked their lives to save Jewish lives during the Holocaust. ADL has agreed to be an education and outreach partner by developing a viewers guide to support all the screenings at Hillel and the JCC during the actual Broadcast. In addition, the ADL has agreed to be a partner in the creation of educational materials and promotional materials that will be circulated before screenings and online to inform viewers about the connection of the film’s story and current day opportunities to fight injustice and prejudice.
The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State, Keene, NH – The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State, Keene, NH is an active partner in research, interviews, and validation of the story and will be hosting the second Sharp Symposium in 2016, in conjunctions with the USHMM, Brown and Harvard Universities.
Brown University Library & Harvard Divinity School Library– Brown University Library and Harvard Divinity School Libraries: Partners with USHMM and The Cohen Center in archiving, preserving and growing the Sharp Papers, including 12,000 first-person documents of rescue. Scholars at ten Universities and Colleges have had an ongoing engagement with the film team throughout the production, which we will confirm and grow as we validate more who were rescued. We will seek to verify the remaining 3000 names on the Sharp/USC list that have never been confirmed.
Latifa Unveiled –Founded by Latifa Yusufi Woodhouse, this organization focuses on the role of women in society. Ms. Woodhouse's views from a Muslim perspective have been instrumental in designing inter-faith programs & curricular content.
The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI) is a New York-based public charitable institution that provides professional development to inspire and sustain educators teaching about the Holocaust, other genocides, and human rights across the United States and overseas. TOLI will host a screening on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Cinema Village in lower Manhattan. TOLI has also publicized the film to the hundreds of educators within its network, many of whom have had the opportunity to view the film and meet with Artemis Joukowsky at summer seminars held in Manhattan at the Memorial Library.