Emmy® Award-winning, Academy Award®-nominated Great Projects Film Company creates documentaries primarily for national PBS broadcast. Founded in 1988 and based in New York City, Great Projects tackles subjects that resonate historically and culturally, from the revolutionary 19th-century innovations of Thomas Edison to World War Two leadership to the rebuilding of Ground Zero.
Now under development is American Justice, a feature-length documentary about the criminal justice system. Documentaries about human rights and justice issues have long been a key focus of Great Projects. The company produced The Trial of Saddam Hussein, an “America at a Crossroads” special for PBS, an explosive exposé of rule-of-law violations by the Iraqi government and America’s failed leadership, as well as a consideration of the fledgling Iraqi justice system. The Trial of Adolf Eichmann was an exploration of human rights, justice and memory, which was nominated for an Emmy®.
Great Projects has produced two programs in a trilogy about rebuilding the World Trade Center site. The first, America Rebuilds: A Year at Ground Zero, presented by two-time Oscar®-winner Kevin Spacey, premiered on the first anniversary of 9/11. It chronicles the cleanup and struggle to create a memorial at the World Trade Center site. Time Magazine said, “We could have used more coverage that looked forward like America Rebuilds.” Return to Ground Zero, narrated by Emmy®-winner Mariska Hargitay, premiered on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 in 2006.
Among Great Projects’ other primetime PBS broadcasts is the four-part series The Building of America, which highlights major engineering innovations and public works, and illustrates how public and private as well as the productive relationship. “As with all the best documentaries,” reported the AP, “Great Projects is rich in historical sights and sounds [and] filled with intriguing interviews.”
Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans (PBS, 2002), an Emmy® nominee, was a “grim, searing documentary,” according to Entertainment Weekly, which gave it an “A.” The New York Post, in awarding Resistance four stars, said it is a “vivid retelling of events.”
Other productions include Oscar® nominee An Essay on Matisse and Emmy winner® George Marshall and the American Century. With ATV Associates, Inc., Great Projects produced eight episodes of Media Matters, a PBS magazine about journalism.
In addition to producing for PBS, Great Projects has made programs for cable networks like Discovery and A&E. Underwriters include the Ford, Sloan, and MacArthur Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, PBS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, AT&T, Coldwell Banker, the Righteous Persons Foundation, and the Revson Foundation.