According to Media Projects Inc. Co-Founder Cynthia Salzman Mondell,
What do you do when a Pandemic shuts down your long-planned film programs and leaves you in the dark? We at Media Projects turned on the lights and persevered. Since March, over 45,000 people have seen our films. And so more people could view them, we donated 52 copies to the Dallas Public Library.
In our latest film women behind bars depended on us to tell their stories.
“In Her Shoes” sadly had its fundraising premier postponed. In heart-wrenching honesty, women at the Dallas County Jail share their untold stories as they examine their lives through the shoes they have worn, are currently wearing and hope to wear when they take their next steps.
Some of the inmates – incarcerated for crimes like prostitution, theft, embezzlement and drug offences- speak for the first time about the physical and sexual abuse they endured during their lives.
Vulnerable, gritty and surprisingly hopeful this film humanizes incarcerated women. In fact, the Lady Lifers – women serving life at Muncy State Prison donated 2 songs to support the film. They even shared their shoe stories.
Too strong to be ignored, we decided to donate showings to reach people who work with prisoners- sheriffs, police, judges, prison employees and guards – to bring awareness to people often overlooked and dismissed.
Do you remember the suffragists who went on hunger strikes and almost died for a woman’s right to vote? We persisted with our 19th Amendment Centennial celebrations. We turned in-person film programs to major online and broadcast events by collaborating with KERA TV, Ignite National and the Dallas Public Library. We showcased our films that tell stories from the first women’s rights conference in 1848 to the National Women’s Conference in 1977 that featured Gloria Steinem, Governor Ann Richards and first ladies Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson and Roslyn Carter. And we encouraged everyone to vote.
Allen Mondell and I founded Media Projects as a non-profit organization in 1978 to produce and distribute films that personalize social issues. Our work Includes films about depression and suicide, women’s rights, social history and racial equality. We are proud of the six films about the life, death and legacy of President Kennedy that millions have seen at the Sixth Floor Museum. Our films are broadcast on TV and distributed to schools, colleges, museums, and libraries Check out www.mediaprojects.org and www.solesistersfilm.com .
Filmmaking is a collaborative art which makes it all the more exciting and awe-inspiring. With high-tech equipment, crew members, artists and editors, we are passionate about providing jobs to professionals and aspiring young filmmakers.
And, if you’re disappointed that you won’t be attending the State Fair, grab a corny dog, round up your family and friends and watch our Emmy Award film “A Fair To Remember” on KERA this September!
The shows must go on… We’re in production on three new films.
With your generous support during North Texas Giving Day, we’ll be able to continue our commitment to social change, providing more groundbreaking documentaries for all to see.
* Graphic and photo provided by Media Projects Inc.
In 11 years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $290 million into the North Texas community. In 2019, more than $50 million was raised through more than 169,000 gifts benefiting over 2,988 area nonprofits.