MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues. Read our strategy


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Chicago Premiere of "The Homestretch"

The Homestretch, a documentary film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, features three homeless teenagers who brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Read More

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The Lost American

Fred Cuny worked for years around the world, putting his own life at risk on countless occasions to advocate for refugees and peace in war-torn regions. In 1997 he visited Chechnya for a second time and ...

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Cadillac Desert: The Last Oasis

Based on Sandra Postel's book Last Oasis (W. W. Norton, 1992; reissued 1997), the episode begins with the story of how America's large dams became examples for water projects abroad, particularly in developing countries ...

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Black and White in Exile

Black and White in Exile is a documentary series that examines more than 37 years of Cuban and Haitian exile in the United States. The series focuses on the plight of the exiles and their impact ...

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Street Soldiers

In 1987, Joe Marshall Jr., a public school teacher turned full-time activist, and Jack Jacqua, then a school guidance counselor and now a liaison with juvenile detention facilities, co-founded the Omega Boys Club after witnessing increasing ...

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Public Housing

Public Housing documents daily life at the Ida B. Wells public housing development in Chicago. The film illustrates some of the experiences of people living in conditions of extreme poverty. Events shown include the work of ...

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The Fight in the Fields

More than two years in the making, The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers' Struggle is the first film to cover the full arc of Cesar Chávez' life. Using archival footage, newsreel ...

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With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America

The first and only comprehensive history of a movement that has re-shaped America, this series explores the always-tricky intersection of religion and politics. Aired nationwide in the weeks before the '96 election, the series garnered remarkable ...

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The People and the Power Game

A four hour mini-series examining the power of the Unelected (the media and lobbies) as well as the interplay of power between the Republican-led Congress of Newt Gingrich and Bob Dole versus President Bill Clinton. The ...

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Halsted Street, USA

This film documents the cultural and ethnic diversity found along the 400 mile stretch ending in Chicago's Halsted Street. Beginning in quiet, rural, predominantly white Illinois along Route 1, the film continues north to the ...

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Growin' Up Not a Child

Produced, directed, written and edited by Tod Lending, Growin' Up Not A Child enters the violent living conditions of urban America and exposes communal violence on a scale that we never thought was possible in the ...

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Migration Documentary Films

MacArthur’s media grantmaking has supported the production of several documentary films on migration and immigration in the U.S. and around the world. Read More


Portrait of Elspeth A. Revere

Elspeth A. Revere

Vice President, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Kathy K. Im

Kathy K. Im

Director, Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives
Portrait of Lauren Pabst

Lauren Pabst

Program Officer

Susan M. Salaba

Program Administrator

Erica Twyman

Program Assistant