“Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist”
is a one- hour documentary for PBS produced by Loren Stephens and her partner, Judy Chaikin under the banner of One Step Productions. The film, narrated by Burt Lancaster, explores the impact of the Blacklist on families of writers, directors, and producers, who were named as Communist sympathizers by their peers, and by the studio heads who cooperated with the U.S. government. Many of those named including Michael Wilson, Dalton Trumbo, Sam Ornitz, and others were ruined and their families paid the price of their choice to remain silent rather than reveal their political affiliations or implicate others. The recipient of a Cine Gold Eagle and a national Emmy nomination, the film is available through Cinema Guild, and can be ordered by contacting them at www.cinemaguild.com.
“Los Pastores: The Shepherd’s Play”
is a bi-lingual half hour documentary that takes place in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico and Colorado. Loren Stephens served as executive producer of the film that explores the significance of this Catholic liturgical drama upon the lives of the communities that participate in recreating this Christmas story with its antecedents in medieval Spain. The play, performed by volunteers under the direction of Taos resident and historian, Arcenio Cordova, and teacher and actor, Larry Torres, was filmed in the eighteenth century San Jose de Gracias Church on the High Road between Santa Fe and Taos. The film was shown on select PBS stations throughout the country and was included in the Smithsonian Hispanic Heritage Festival as well as the Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles. “Los Pastores” impresses the viewer with the value of preserving traditions as a way of keeping communities alive and vibrant. This film is available through Cinema Guild at www.cinemaguild.com and is produced under the One Step Productions’ banner.
“Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?”
is a docudrama produced, co-written and researched by Loren Stephens and directed by Judy Chaukin for Coronet Films and New World Television. Intended for classroom use, the film recreates dramatic moments in the life of freed slave, abolitionist, and woman’s rights activist, Sojourner Truth. Although she could neither read nor write, she was a powerful orator and together with Frederick Douglass, fought for the rights of Blacks and women in America, linking the two causes together. The pivotal moment of the film is her famous speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” where she equates her strength, savvy and power with that of a man. Starring Julie Harris and Roscoe Lee Brown, this film won a Golden Apple from the National Education Association. The film contains rare archival photographs, letters, and selections from Sojourner Truth’s diary (written by a woman who followed her journey throughout the country). The film is currently unavailable.