American Feud: A History of Conservatives and Liberals

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2017-06-14T12:45:03+00:00

Is there really a “Red America” and a “Blue America”? American Feud invites the audiences to reconsider the history of two words and imagine a new future beyond Liberalism and Conservatism. Originally released in 2008, the new updated version features commentary by Norman Ornstein, Co-Author of It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism. Individuals can rent it on Amazon. Libraries and schools, please click here to purchase a licensed DVD version.  DVD EXTRAS: Remedies for Dysfunction, Tribalism Exhibit B, Thomas Frank on Kansas We are pleased to offer a free Educator's Guide upon request. Screenings of American Feud have always been lively and engaging events. We would be delighted to work with your organization to arrange one. Schedule a presentation or skype chat with the filmmakers. . . . American Feud offers an insightful and refreshingly unbiased review of how we got to where we are in the political divide. Using a chronological theme ranging from the formation of our country up to the results of the 2006 general election, the film traces the development and evolution of the divergent political philosophies of conservatism and liberalism. The producers have utilized a variety of clear interviews with historians and other observers of our unique system (Noam Chomsky, G. Gordon Liddy, Donna Brazile, and many others), crisp graphics, a remarkable collection of archival photos and live-action footage, and a smooth narration to present this impressive program. Viewers effortlessly follow the sequence of both international and domestic events which affected the electorate. Commentary includes the philosophies from [...]

The Life of Cheng Se Tseo in His Own Words

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2015-10-26T23:50:32+00:00

This was Simone's first documentary. She researched, produced and edited it.  She also created the Wordpress website.  It is the story of her old friend Dr. Cheng Se Tseo, who was born in rural Southern China around 1904.  In his early years he defeated an opium addiction, served in Chang Kai Shek’s Nationalist Army, earned a PhD in the United States and was a sailor in the American Navy during World War II.  He returned to China in the chaos of the post war years but had to flee the country again as the Communists came to power.  He spent the last decades of his life creating beautiful pottery.  Told in his own words, this documentary presents a man who has experienced much of the 20th century’s history. This film:  Aired several times on WPSX (a PBS affiliate that reaches over 500,000 households in PA and New York State)  Aired on WBYE (an independent, member-supported Philadelphia based public TV station)

Behavioral Health Videos: A Selective Overview for Educators and Practitioners

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2017-05-31T10:16:46+00:00

Simone conceived and project managed this overview to provide a resource for trainers and educators to use video to improve the quality of their training. It covers a range of topics of importance to the behavioral health workforce. She coordinated the work of volunteer behavioral health subject matter experts for the short films, wrote most of the reviews for the longer films and put it on the Institute's Wordpress website. She also worked with graphic designers and quality testers to package the content into an iPad book that is now available for free from the iBook store by clicking here.