The 2043 Project

In pre-production


THE 2043 PROJECT PREVIEW tells sto­ries about our country’s jour­ney from Civil Rights towards greater Human Rights. As our nation becomes more mixed race, more blended, the demo­graphic and cul­tural shifts in our soci­ety cre­ate dynamic new sto­ries about who we as a peo­ple are, have been, and can be together as a democ­racy. Colin Pow­ell calls that a “time when we can all be Amer­i­cans” with­out hyphen­ations. THE 2043 PROJECT will be based, in part, on the legacy of the immor­tal EYES ON THE PRIZE series and other titles. It will be avail­able on all dig­i­tal plat­forms, includ­ing theatrical.

Project Details

Pro­posed Com­po­nent #1: A National Call to Action

  • In 2015 social media helped to expose the indis­crim­i­nate use of deadly force by law enforce­ment offi­cers. It has also led the cam­paign for the recog­ni­tion of same-sex mar­riage as a human right. The 2043 Media Project reflects the country’s shift­ing polit­i­cal and social cross-currents. The Media Pol­icy Cen­ter pro­poses a week­long National Com­mu­nity Out­reach Event hon­or­ing the 50th anniver­sary of the suc­cess­ful pas­sage of Civil and Vot­ing Rights leg­is­la­tion inau­gu­rates THE 2043 PROJECT. Selected episodes of Eyes on the Prize, with Dis­cus­sion Work Book, can be the cen­ter­piece of the week.

Pro­posed Com­po­nent #2: A Right to Rise

  • A RIGHT TO RISE, a feature-length doc­u­men­tary for movie the­atres and online on-demand video stream­ing, will send mul­ti­ple crews around the coun­try to ask how the civil rights rev­o­lu­tion has changed indi­vid­ual lives. From Pres­i­dent Barack Obama to those enter­ing Kinder­garten and cel­e­brat­ing MLK Day for the first time, our cam­era crews will ask our cit­i­zens how they have been—and are being—affected by the hope and real­ity of MLK’s “I Have A Dream”.  We will pro­file the most com­pelling sto­ries, weav­ing con­tra­pun­tal archival mate­ri­als as appropriate.

Pro­posed Com­po­nent #3: Eyes on 2043, Sto­ries About Ourselves

  • THE 2043 PROJECT SERIES will focus on the chang­ing demo­graph­ics in Amer­ica. The sto­ries pro­duced about indi­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and groups will be based on research and evolv­ing analy­sis from the inter­con­nected worlds of eth­nic­ity, eco­nom­ics, demog­ra­phy, edu­ca­tion, immi­gra­tion, gen­der, cul­ture, media, pol­i­tics, and pub­lic pol­icy. The Series will illu­mi­nate the per­son­al­i­ties and the dynamic forces form­ing new elec­toral majori­ties press­ing for greater demo­c­ra­tic change. The con­tent will be repur­posed for NPR and online on-demand video dis­tri­b­u­tion. The series will most likely be in a mag­a­zine for­mat avail­able in broad­cast mode and through video stream­ing. Each seg­ment will be uploaded into shorter dig­i­tal mod­ules best suited for view­ing on cell phones, iPads, and computers.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact the Media Pol­icy Cen­ter.

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