The 21st Century

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



A Bridge Between Two Ports

A video documenting the history and operation of a 1908  bascule bridge, one of the last of its kind in America.  Sponsored by the Port of Los Angeles.


The DRI Driving Simulator

A video explaining the operation and use of a computer controlled driving simulator.  Sponsored by Dynamic Research, Inc.


The Edison Effect

(available on DVD)

A three-part biography of Thomas Edison ("The Phonograph," "The Electric Light" and "The Motion Picture").  Produced in Association with Jaffe Productions for A&E and the History Channel.


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. Floodpath has been optioned for a television mini-series by Joel Silver Productions.


Pier 400

2-part video documenting the construction of Pier 400 at the Port of Los Angeles, the world's largest container facility.  Sponsored by the prime contractor, Sully-Miller Contracting.


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.  To be published by Bloomsbury Press in January 2020.


The St. Francis Dam Disaster

(documentary in development)

Produced as a companion to the new book Floodpath: The Deadliest Man-Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles, this ninety-minute documentary will include interviews with survivors, rare stills and footage, and 3-D computer graphics that recreate the collapse and aftermath.  Click here for a short preview.




The story of creation of the transistor.  Sponsored by AT&T.


What About Tomorrow?

Two documentaries: "Artificial Intelligence" and "Environmental Crisis."  As part of the ABC series produced in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


What If . . .?

A documentary on the technical issues needed to be resolved to send the first man to the moon.  Sponsored by the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

* All programs produced, directed and written by Jon Wilkman unless otherwise indicated.