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Grantee
WETA
Area
Public Educational Media
Amount
$600000
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WETA will produce, market and distribute two documentary films that fit the Foundations’ topical parameters. The first films is titled Crime and Punishment in America, Emmy-nominated director and producer Lynn Novick’s solo directorial debut examining the US criminal justice system since the nation’s founding. Across an eight-part, $13.7 million series slated for broadcast in 2025-26, Crime and Punishment in America will shed light on the nation’s legacy of racial injustice and gender inequality has resulted in a system of mass incarceration with only recent focus on prospects for rehabilitation, education and preparation for life after prison. Deliverables include the film series, DVDs, a dedicated website, educational materials created for PBSLearningMedia.org, and public engagement opportunities across the PBS system. The second film  is yet to be confirmed although WETA has provided a thumbnail sketch of a new series, Making Black America (w.t.) by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.