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Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America

 A book about the history of American documentary filmmaking.  Published by Bloomsbury Publishing (2020)

 

Burlington Report

Video adjunct to the annual report of the textile company, Burlington, Inc.

 

The 21st Century

Documentary series about advanced technology.  Hosted by Walter Cronkite.  CBS (Staff Director/Writer, JW)

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Screening Reality: How Documentary Filmmakers Reimagined America

A new book about the history of American nonfiction filmmaking, from Thomas Edison to the "Post Truth" era of President Donald Trump, and the yet-to-be-explored realm of virtual reality. 

"Authoritative, accessible, and elegantly written, Screening Reality is the history of American documentary film we have been waiting for." --Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

"A towering achievement, and a volume I know I'll be consulting on a regular basis." -- Leonard Maltin

Enthralling . . . A valuable resource for cinephiles, this sweeping history will ignite a new enthusiasm for the form among readers less well-versed in the genre.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A many-faceted, dynamic, and thought-provoking history of nonfiction films in America . . . This monumental exploration reminds us that 'evidential truth' is essential to liberty and justice . . . Let the real be real; let truth ring true.” ―Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating, encyclopedic history of nonfiction film . . . A capacious celebration of film's potential to show us the world.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Well-documented . . . Wilkman consistently cycles back to one important message: no matter how fuzzy the lines between fiction and fact, truth should be forefront in the minds of documentarians. Our supposedly posttruth era and the pitfalls and ease with which we augment reality are threads through the narrative . . . Wilkman makes a compelling case.” ―Library Journal

Fantastically well researched and written, Screening Reality raises the bar for anyone who wants to write about the history of documentaries and documentarians, with invaluable insights into today's truth-challenged times.” ―Peter Davis, Academy Award-winning director of HEARTS AND MINDS; author of GIRL OF MY DREAMS


Published by Bloomsbury Press on February 18, 2020.


 

Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles

The story of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster that took the lives of more than 400 people and ending the celebrated career of William Mulholland, the man who build the 1913 aqueduct that made modern Los Angeles possible. A 2016 Amazon Nonfiction Book of the Year and winner of the Historical Society of Southern California's Martin Ridge Award for the Best Book about California History after 1848.

 

With Heart and Hand: The Restoration of the Gamble House

A 60-minute documentary about the painstaking three-year  effort to restore the exterior of the Gamble House in Pasadena, California.  Designed by architect brothers Charles and Henry  Greene, the 1908 home is considered one of the most important examples of American Arts and Crafts architecture.
 
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* All programs produced, directed and written by Jon Wilkman unless otherwise indicated.