Dear MPC Supporter,
We want to say thank-you to all of you who have so generously supported The Media Policy Center this year. We continue to be dedicated to producing media that can facilitate innovative and positive social change. It goes without saying, that we could not do our work to bring our broadcasts to the public without your help.
2018 has been a productive and rewarding year. Currently, MPC has two documentaries airing on public television stations across the country, with a new 4-part series, “Our Kids,” hosted by Dr. Robert D Putnam due to premiere in April 2019. It is about narrowing the opportunity gap to create greater opportunities for all of our nation’s children.
This year, we completed production on our 4-part series “Our Kids” on narrowing the opportunity gap, hosted by renowned Harvard professor, Dr. Robert D Putnam, author of the best-selling book by the same title.
We traveled to eight cities where we explored the issues and most importantly, solutions. We met extraordinary people of all ages doing innovative work to narrow the opportunity gap between rich and poor—programs that can be replicated in your own communities—that can change the trajectory of children’s lives.
We are now finishing the editing phase, and look forward to bringing the series to public television stations beginning in April 2019. We have already begun outreach and have much planned for 2019: coalition partnerships, project website, local forums, private screenings, educational distribution and more.
“In a time when our country seems to be moving towards more ideological extremes, work such as “Our Kids” is incredibly important; it shines light on examples in the country where the social fabric is diverse and strong in the area that our future most depends – the growth and development of our children.” Todd Dickson, CEO, Valor Collegiate Academies, Nashville, TN
The 3-part series “Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic” narrated by award-winning actor, Ed Harris. Unlike other films, we don’t just talk about the problem. We focus on solutions.
“In a clear and engaging way, this passionate and disturbing film traces the origin of the worst man-made epidemic in history. By learning how it happened we are left better equipped to respond and better equipped to prevent future disasters. Do No Harm should be required viewing for anyone interested in tackling the opioid addiction epidemic.”
Dr. Andrew Kolodny, Co-Director of Opioid Policy and Research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University and Executive Director of PROP, Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.
“BACKFIRED: When VW Lied to America”, profiles the “exclusive” inside story into the largest auto fraud in the world and how California led the way to exposing the evidence.
“Dale, just finished watching this. You’ve done an amazing job. None of the other reports I’ve seen including my own put the Volkswagen scandal into the context of the whole clean air movement. There is a lot of fascinating detail and I learned a lot.  Thanks, and again congratulations on the great work especially considering you didn’t have a deep-pocketed backer like Netflix.”
Jack Ewing of the New York Times, whose stories from Frankfurt, from September 2015, have chronicled the VW Monkey Business, and who has written the book “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal”, soon to become a feature film under Leonardo DiCaprio.
As the end of the year approaches, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the Media Policy Center that will enable us to continue our crucial work. As a non-profit, we depend on you to share our commitment to changing lives through education.
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We wish you all wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year! 🎄
Harry Wiland and Dale Bell
Co-Founders and Co-CEOs
Media & Policy Center
Santa Monica, CA 90403