The Truth About Cancer
Carousel Films founder produced, wrote, and directed this personal, 90-minute PBS special, which follows several patients, including her own husband. The film dispels the "Lance Armstrong myth" that if you just try hard enough, you can beat any cancer. It's all about the biology of the disease, not about using yoga, green smoothies, or a positive mental attitude. The program won Best Film for Reportage at the Reel Lives Film Festival in Geneva and a Writers Guild nomination.
Scars of Silence
Carousel Films is proud to be serving as consultant to this fascinating family story about a very American Dad whose daughter wants to explore their Armenian roots. Nubar Alexanian, a photograher in Gloucester, MA., soon finds himself in Turkey (historic Armenia) during the centenary of the Armenian Genocide. As the story unfolds, he becomes increasingly swept up in the history of his relatives, struggling to piece together what happened, in particular, to his grandmother.
When Carousel founder Linda Garmon was on staff at WGBH, she produced "Coma," an episode of NOVA that received much media attention. The film tracked a NYC neurosurgeon's controversial campaign to use evidence-based medicine to treat head trauma for better outcomes. The film won a prestigious Dupont-Columbia University Award Gold Medal and Best of Show at the National Headliners Awards. "This NOVA works on every conceivable level," said USA Today.
Spy in the Sky, American Experience
When Carousel founder Linda Garmon was on staff at WGBH, she made this riveting documentary about the events leading up to the Francis Gary Powers incident, the shoot down of his U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union. To make the film, Garmon succeeded in declassifying CIA footage that had never been seen by the public. The program was nominated for an Emmy, and the Boston Globe called it "compelling." It was also featured in a New York Times review.
The Century: Memphis Dreams
Carousel Films & Comunications founder Linda Garmon had the privilege of working for the Peter Jennings Reporting Unit at ABC for a year to tell the story of the Memphis Garage Strike, a little-known cause that brought Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis, where he was assassinated. The film aired in a special series called "The Century," and it won a News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming, as well as Best of Show at the National Headliners Awards.
Animas Perdidas (Lost Souls)
Carousel Films served as story doctor for a first-time filmmaker who uncovered a family history of abuse and addiction when she investigated why her Uncle Augie had been deported after serving in the U.S. military. A first-generation Mexican American, the filmmaker asks if it's ever reasonable to abandon a troublesome family member. Set against great debate over U.S.-Mexican border policies, the film aired on PBS's Independent Lens and was also shown at several festivals.
Eye on Education: Day in the Life
Six camera crews descended on the teachers, students and families of a big city high school for 24 hours. Jeremiah Burke High School was fighting to regain accreditation, and the cameras documented the highs and lows of the struggle, focusing on a first-time teacher, a star student, and an activist mother. This PBS film won a New England Emmy and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Boston Globe said the film "found its characters and stories."
Secret of the Wild Child
When authorities discovered a 13-year-old girl who had been severely isolated in a small room for most of her life, doctors set out to study and rehabilitate her. This poignant story is a cautionary tale about rescue fantasies, which can be more about the needs of the rescuer. An episode of NOVA, it remains one of the highest rated PBS programs of all time. It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural Programming, and it was enthusiastically reviewed in many national publications.
They Made America: Rebels
Ted Turner invented 24-hour news, launching CNN. Russell Simmons built a multi-million dollar empire through hip hop culture and rap music, once called "the CNN of black people." Both innovators, predicted to fail, are profiled in this episode of a special PBS series on America's dreamers and doers. Both ignored the naysayers. "If you've got an innovative idea," Turner says in the program, "and the majority does not pooh-pooh your idea, then you must not have a very good idea."
Aimee Semple McPherson was a Pentecostal preacher who helped define the modern religious age. She built a media empire and chased after fame. Just as American celebrity culture was taking root in the 1920s, Sister Aimee's name was splashed across newspapers nationwide. But it was not for her religious work; it was in connection with a sex scandal. This episode of PBS's American Experience series is an "irresistible story," said The New York Times.
Carousel Films served as story doctor for this gripping tale about Loreta Juneta Valazquez, a Cuban immigrant who may have been among the estimated 1,000 women who secretly served in the American Civil War. Upon first hearing about the story, talented filmmaker Maria Agui Carter thought it was so dramatic that it must be fiction. Historians are divided about the role Loreta played in the war, leading the Washington Post to describe this PBS film as "artful but controversial."
When she was on staff at WGBH, Carousel founder Linda Garmon wrote, produced, and directed this episode of NOVA by following several groups of lightning chasers. The show was awarded "Best Nature Film" at the Telescience Festival, and it was the second highest rated program of the series season. Broadcast back in 1995, the dvd is still sold through PBS. The New York Daily News called the film "wonderful" for capturing scientists in the act of discovery.