Bette Helps Fund Public TV Doc: Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed | Pipeline
Originally published in Current, Nov. 1, 2004
Compiled by Geneva Collins and the staff of Current

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ITVS: Independent Television Service, San Francisco
NBPC: National Black Programming Consortium
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NEH: National Endowment for the Humanities
NETA: National Educational Telecommunications Association, Columbia, S.C.

Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed

Producing organization: REALside Productions. A co-presentation of P.O.V., ITVS and NBPC. Episodes: 1 x 60. Status: postproduction. Budget: $622,000. Major funders: ITVS, CPB, NBPC, New York State Council on the Arts, Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, Lucia Woods Lindley, Rubin Foundation, Vinmont Foundation, Camille & William Cosby, Bette Midler, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry. Executive producer: Ramon Hervey. Director/producer: Shola Lynch. Producer: Phil Bertelsen. Editor: Sam Pollard. Director of photography: Sandi Sissel. Consulting producer: Orlando Bagwell.

The first historical documentary on Brooklyn Rep. Shirley Chisholm and her 1972 campaign to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.

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