Films

Flint's Deadly Water

Director:  Abby Ellis

Reporters:  Jacob Carah, Sarah Childress, Abby Ellis, Kayla Ruble

For two years, a FRONTLINE team in Flint has been working to uncover the true toll of the city’s water crisis.

For the documentary Flint’s Deadly Water, they examined internal state emails and documents, conducted exclusive interviews, and undertook a sweeping analysis of every death in the county across a seven-year period.

What they found reveals how a public health disaster that’s become known for the lead poisoning of thousands of children also spawned one of the largest outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in U.S. history.

Kids Caught in the Crackdown

Directors:  Daffodil Altan and Andrés Cediel

As the detention of migrant children has climbed to record-breaking levels under President Trump, FRONTLINE and The Associated Press investigate what’s going on inside federally-funded shelters — and the lasting impact on children held in U.S. custody. 

IN THE AGE OF AI

Directors:  Neil Docherty and David Fanning

Writer: Neil Docherty

 

FRONTLINE investigates the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the U.S. and China. The documentary traces a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow the emergence of the surveillance society.

KLANSVILLE, U.S.A.

Director & Producer: Callie T. Wiser

Writers:  David Espar & Callie T. Wiser

Editor:  Chad Ervin

Having been dormant for decades, the Ku Klux Klan reemerged in the U.S. after the 1954 Supreme Court Brown v. Board of Education decision, gaining momentum in the U.S. as the Civil Rights Movement grew. That the Klan would rise once again wasn't surprising, but where the reincarnation took place was. North Carolina was long considered the most progressive southern state; its image was being burnished weekly on CBS by the enormously popular "The Andy Griffith Show." In 1963, North Carolina salesman Bob Jones chartered what would become the largest Klan group in the country. Tapping into the fears and resentments of low-income whites who believed that a changing America would leave them behind, Jones took his message across the state, establishing Klaverns and signing up hundreds of members. Under Jones’ leadership, membership grew to some ten thousand members, earning the Tarheel State a new nickname: "Klansville, U.S.A."

AMISH: SHUNNED

Director & Producer: Callie Wiser

Writer:  Callie Wiser

Editor:  Rachel Clark

 

What is it like to be cut off from your faith and your family? The Amish: Shunned follows seven people who have chosen to leave their closed and tightly-knit communities for the outside world, knowing they can never return. Each has paid deeply for their decision. Estranged from loved ones, these former Amish find themselves struggling to make their way in modern America.

BLACKOUT

Director & Producer: Callie T. Wiser

Producer: David Murdock

Writer:  Sharon Grimberg

Editor:  Chad Ervin

As Wednesday, July 13, 1977 dawned hot and humid, New Yorkers prepared themselves for another sweltering day. It was the first day of a nine-day heat wave that would become the hottest in New York City history. The once-booming city had been suffering years of economic decline. It was on the verge of bankruptcy; both unemployment rates and crime rates were high; police and firefighters had been laid off; municipal services, including sanitation and after-school programs, had been cut; and a serial killer named Son of Sam was still on the loose, keeping everyone on edge.

When a severe thunderstorm hit, the lights went out, and some eight million people plunged into darkness in New York City and surrounding areas. By the time the power was fully restored more than a day later, more than 1,600 businesses had been looted, more than 3,000 people had been arrested, and firefighters had battled more than 1,000 fires. The affected neighborhoods would never be the same.

THE AMISH

Director, Producer & Writer: David Belton

Producer:  Callie T. Wiser

Editor:  Chyld King

 

An intimate portrait of contemporary Amish faith and life, this film examines how such a closed and communal culture has thrived within one of the most open, individualistic societies on earth. What does the future hold for a community whose existence is so rooted in the past? And what does our fascination with the Amish say about deep American values? 

Produced for Sarah Colt Productions

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