And the Winners are….(Round 3)

June 24, 2010

Before we get into new news, we’d like to do a recap of the previous winners.

The first was George W. Angell from Hillsdale, MI for Cuts Like A Knife, a film about a collection of antique Samurai swords passed onto him by his Grandfather. George decided to go to the Washington, DC show on August 21st.

Our second winner was Cory Peters from Council Bluffs, Iowa for Abe Lincoln Appoints Mark Dunnel As Consul To Mexico. She will be attending the Des Moines, IA show on August 7th and will be bringing her collection of legal documents and personal possessions with her.

Dad's Design Goes To The Moon And introducing our third winner: Michael Silberman from Atlanta, GA for Dad’s Design Goes to the Moon. Michael has one of the most futuristic antiques we’ve ever seen and we’re excited to hear from the Roadshow’s 2010 Tour in Biloxi, MI, where he has told us he will be going to learn more about this truly unique memento.

The Smile That Captivated Paris or (Mother Wore Boxing Trunks)We have one more surprise, and that is our ”Editors Pick”, Joan Watson-Jones from Derry, NH for The Smile That Captivated Paris . We loved Joan’s video so much that we decided to send her some VIP tickets. Joan will be at the Miami, FL show on July 10th.

Once again, congrats to all the VIP ticket winners and we look forward to hearing more about your antiques in next two months.

Thank you all for submitting to the Antiques Roadshow Open Call. We received several submissions and enjoyed watching them all. In the fall, we will be reviewing them and choosing some for packaging and distribution opportunities within the WGBH Lab. Stay tuned, and stay cool in the upcoming summer months.

The WGBH Lab: Antiques Roadshow Open Call gets a write up in The New York Times

June 10, 2010

We partnered with Antiques Roadshow earlier this year for the Antiques Roadshow Open Call – asking enthusiasts to submit videos about their antiques. The project gained national publication recognition early on, and caught the eye of a New York Times writer after she viewed some of more “quarky” entries. The article discusses the “Reality TV” aspect of the Open Call, and names submissions that stood out and won tickets to live Antiques Roadshow appraisal events.

Visit the article at: Princeton’s Faculty Room and Britain’s Rail Posters, and you’re highly encouraged to watch all submissions at One submission showcases the remains of “Jumbo”, the famous Barnum and Bailey Circus elephant!

The Antiques Roadshow Open Call has been extended through Memorial Day Weekend

May 28, 2010

And the winner is… (Round 2)

May 4, 2010

Cory Peters from Council Bluffs, Iowa is the winner of the 2nd pair of tickets to a live Antiques Roadshow appraisal event this summer.

Cory submitted “Abe Lincoln appoints Mark Dunnell as Consul to Mexico”, a video revealing a certificate signed by President Abraham Lincoln, appointing Dunnell as the Consul to Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Congratulations Cory!  Please take a moment to watch Abe Lincoln appoints Mark Dunnell as Consul to Mexico, and let us know what you think of this treasure.

The Antiques Roadshow Open Call will be winding up on May 28th.  This is your last opportunity to submit a video about your favorite antique for a chance to attend a live Antiques Roadshow appraisal event this summer.

We will be announcing a 3rd and final winner the first week of June.  Good luck to you, and a special thanks to those that have already submitted!

And the winner is…

April 5, 2010

The winner of the 1st pair of tickets to an Antiques Roadshow live appraisal event is:

George W. Angell | Hillsdale, MI for Cuts Like A Knifefeaturing a collection of rare antique Samurai swords that were passed down to George by his Grandfather.

George’s video has secured him a pair of VIP tickets to a live Antiques Roadshow appraisal event this summer, and we hope he decides to bring the swords so that he can learn more about them.

The Antiques Roadshow Open Call still has 2 pairs of tickets up for grabs. April 3oth is the deadline for the next pair of tickets – submit your video today and you could be attending a live event as well.

Be sure to watch Cuts Like A Knife and leave comments for our samurai sword Master.  Congrats George!

The MASTERPIECE Video Diary Project Submissions | Inspired by “The Diary of Anne Frank” | PBS

April 2, 2010

Happy Good Friday!  Here’s a sneak peak of the broadcast promo that will be added to PBS airing of The Diary of Anne Frank on April 11th.  We hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to submit & spread the world about the MASTERPIECE Video Diary Open Call.

PBS — March 30, 2010 — The Diary of Anne Frank on MASTERPIECE Classic, hosted by Laura Linney WGBH Open Call submissions period ends May 31 // We asked people inspired by Anne Frank’s diary to share their own stories. Here are some examples, which will be seen on PBS during the broadcast of “The Diary of Anne Frank” on Sunday, April 11.

Filmmaker In Residence Monika Navarro’s documentary “Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)” premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS

March 23, 2010

Filmmaker in Residence Alum Monika Navarro gets the opportunity to tell the story of the emotional journey of her uncle, a U.S. Military vet deported to Mexico, and uncovers the secrets of her family’s past in her new INDEPENDENT LENS documentary, “Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)”.

In 1999, two brothers were deported from the US to Mexico. Within two weeks, one of the brothers overdosed on heroin in a seedy Tijuana hotel room, his body unclaimed for two months in a mass grave. “Animas Perdidas” explores the family drama that unfolds from the lives of these two men, both raised in the US and veterans of the US military, who were deported from the only country they knew and had sworn to protect. Interviewing family members, and weaving together family photographs, letters, and verité footage, Navarro’s film explores larger questions of national identity, immigration, and U.S. border tensions as her family confronts its dark but resilient past.

“Animas Perdidas”; (Lost Souls) is Monika Navarro’s debut documentary feature, funded in part by an Emerging Artist’s Grant from the City of Ventura Council for the Humanities. Animas Perdidas was selected to screen at the 2006 IFP Market as a Work-in-Progress in the Spotlight on Documentaties. Monika is a first-generation Mexican-American and was raised in Ventura, California. She has lived and traveled in Mexico, and served as a youth delegate in 2000 with the Chiapas Media Project. Monika received her BFA in Studio Art from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University in 2003, and currently lives in Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Monika!  We hope you will all tune in and watch her masterpiece.

To find out when “Lost Souls” is airing near you, please check PBS Schedule.  “Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)” is a co-production of ITVS in association with WGBH-Boston and LPB.

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2010 has already been a good year for MY PERESTROIKA

February 24, 2010

Filmmaker In Residence Alum Robin Hessman went to SUNDANCE with her directorial debut, MY PERESTROIKA, and has returned with rave reviews.

After attending the screening at SUNDANCE, Variety Magazine says: “Robin Hessman’s debut feature is a documentary of considerable charm and nonjudgmental insight. It’s skedded for PBS broadcast next year, with fest travel and offshore sales (primarily tube) assured in the interim.”

You can read the full article at Variety Magazine.

MY PERESTROIKA, is a glance into what happens when to ordinary citizens when their communist country changes, over the course of a few years, into something resembling capitalism.

Using previously unseen materials from Russian archives, Soviet children’s television shows, cartoons, home movies, training films, and feature films, the documentary interweaves the visual world’s records with the narratives of people who came of age during Perestroika

The documentary is a co-production with Red Square Productions (US), Bungalow Town Productions (UK) and ITVS International, in association with American Documentary and YLE FST Finland. It has received support from the Ford Foundation, the LEF Foundation, the NEH, the Radziwill Documentary Fund, The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, the WGBH Lab, IREX, and the Joukowsky Family Foundation.

MY PERESTROIKA will be broadcast in 2011 on the PBS independent film series, POV, marking the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the USSR.

Congrats to Robin Hessman! Her dedication and hard work has certainly paid off.

THE WAY WE GET BY wins Movies for Grownups Award

February 3, 2010

THE WAY WE GET BY was named Best Documentary in AARP Magazine’s annual Movies for Grownups Awards, which recognize outstanding productions for the 50-plus audience. AARP Magazine (“world’s largest circulation magazine”) announced the 2010 winners last week, and features them in its March/April 2010 issue.

Of THE WAY WE GET BY, the editorial staff says, “To witness the face of personal problems is to know that patriotism doesn’t always wear a uniform.”

THE WAY WE GET BY is an independent film produced in association with WGBH through the Independent Television Service LINCS (Linking Independents and Co-Producing Stations) initiative, directed by Aron Gaudet and produced by Gita Pullapilly, both alums of our Filmmakers-in-Residence program.

For more info, visit

The Masterpiece Video Diary Open Call

February 2, 2010

Calling youth media makers: we’ve partnered up with MASTERPIECE, and have launched The MASTERPIECE Video Diary Open Call.

Anne Frank was an amazing storyteller. Through her words, she has engaged and inspired youth to document their thoughts on self-expression, tolerance, and being. Today, The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most widely read pieces of non-fiction in the world.

We’re challenging you to do the same. Tell us about your life. How have you overcome being bullied or disrespected for the way you look, the way you think, or for what you believe? How did you handle it? Send us a compelling message in a 3 min. video diary entry about how you, or someone you know has made a difference.

Portions of diaries in by March 8th may be selected for broadcast on Masterpiece Classic’s airing of The Diary of Anne Frank on April 11th, 2010. Official deadline after the broadcast is May 31st.

Visit The WGBH Lab at: for more information.


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