Dearborn, MI has been thrown into conflict incorporating fear, ideology, and identity politics. Home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States, it is a place of apparent contradictions: simultaneously a sleepy affluent suburb and the subject of rumors around ISIS terror cells and sharia law. This film takes us into the lives of five very different citizens who have been caught in the crossfire, from Muslims to Christians, who all consider themselves Americans. As they grapple with questions of religion, race and class, do these separate communities have more in common than they realize?
2017, Guardian News & Media Ltd. 16 minutes.
Every year, Western Michigan University conducts an archaeological field school at the site of Fort St. Joseph in Niles, Michigan. Students absorb proper field techniques in a multidisciplinary program of community service learning—researching the social, economic, and political atmosphere of the colonial-era fur trade and disseminating that information to the community. This program documents the third season of the summer field school’s efforts to continue unearthing the fort’s remains while keeping the public informed and inviting community participation.
2007, Western Michigan University. 16 minutes
From Flint goes beyond the news headlines to spotlight the impact of the devastating water contamination crisis on the people of Flint, Michigan. The film highlights the stories of residents who were personally injured, along with the work of local organizations and individuals that rallied to support them.
2017, The Video Project. 25 minutes.
The third largest freshwater lake on the planet has been invaded by numerous exotic species over the last century. "Lake Invaders: The Fight For Lake Huron" is a documentary which explores the threat to Lake Huron's ecosystem and the innovative solutions employed by biologists.
2008, Green Planet Films. 58 minutes.
You Don't Know Jack by HBO Films; written by Adam Mazer ; directed by Barry Levinson.In the late 1980s, 61-year-old former pathologist Dr. Jack Kevorkian launched a crusade to provide what he considered a humane and dignified option for the terminally ill--assisted suicide. Aided by his loyal friend Neal Nicol, and his older sister Margo Janus, Kevorkian begins offering his "death counseling" services to a grateful and burgeoning clientele. He earns the support of Hemlock Society activist Janet Good and the wrath of the county prosecutor's office. Repeatedly arrested, it was thanks to talented attorney Geoffrey Fieger that Kevorkian was repeatedly exonerated. But as the national news media catapulted him to notoriety, Kevorkian continued his work, risking everything in his fervor to change the prevailing laws and challenge society's attitude towards the right to die.