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

Published by Bloomsbury Press.

Where to buy and review online:

Barnes & Noble



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.


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.