Bill Jersey Selected Filmography

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BILL JERSEY

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR
President, Quest Productions

Education : Wheaton College, B.A.
University of Southern California, M.A. Cinema

PARTIAL LISTING OF TELEVISION PRODUCTIONS:


EAMES: The Architect and the Painter
An 85 minute program on mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames. American Masters, 2011. “Lively, gratifying…organized with hectic elegance.” A.O. Scott, NY Times. “A must see for anyone interested in 20th century design and culture.” Samantha Fox, Stylesight. Winner of the George Foster Peabody Award, 2012.


HUNTING THE HIDDEN DIMENSION
One hour PBS NOVA program on the applications of Fractal geometry in a diversity of fields. 2008. Winner of the Pierre-Gilles de Gennes award for excellence in science education at the PariScience Film Festival.


CAMPUS BATTLEGROUND
Pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian student activists fight for justice at the University of California, Berkeley and at Columbia University, New York. One hour for WETA and the CPB “America at a Crossroads” series. To be aired in 2007.


ENDING AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine
The story of the relentless search for an AIDS vaccine as told through the hopes, successes and failures of those who've committed their lives to the endeavor. One hour, airing on PBS December 1, 2005.


THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW
Four-hour documentary series for PBS covers the history of “Jim Crow” in America. Produced in conjunction with Videoline Inc. and WNET, New York. George Foster Peabody Award. 2 Emmy Nominations. IDA Best Limited Series. Houston Gold Jury Award.


RENAISSANCE
A five-part series for PBS funded by IBM and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Using actors, great works of art and historical recreations RENAISSANCE explores the emergence of modernity during one of the most turbulent periods in the history of the world. Emmy Nomination.


SUPER CHIEF: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF EARL WARREN
Controversial despite his gracious and gentle demeanor, Earl Warren molded an activist Supreme Court - and changed a nation. Academy Award nomination. Houston Gold Jury Award.


CHILDREN OF VIOLENCE
One-hour documentary. An intimate verite’ story of a Chicano family and a juvenile gang in Oakland, California, and the complex web of teenage violence in which they are trapped. Emmy Award.


THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS: REFLECTIONS ON U.S. - SOVIET RELATIONS
Documents the history of U.S. ‑ Soviet relations through Soviet and American footage and interviews with key Americans such as Richard Nixon, George Kennan and Averell Harriman. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award.

FACES OF THE ENEMY
A one-hour special for PBS examines how thoughts and images of the enemy lead to violence and war. Emmy nomination.


A TIME FOR BURNING
One-hour documentary. Racial tension in an Omaha church forces the minister to resign. Academy Award Nomination. Sidney Hillman Foundation Award.

SIX AMERICAN FAMILIES: THE KENNEDYS
One-hour documentary. Family with a mentally retarded child confronts issues of retardation, women's liberation, competition and family relations. DuPont Columbia Journalism Award.

MANHATTAN BATTLEGROUND
One-hour documentary for NBC's duPont Show of the Week. A social worker, Dan Morrow, leaves his home to work on 111th Street. His departure is dramatic and revealing. Emmy Award Nomination.

THE MAKING OF AMADEUS
Milos Foreman and Saul Zaentz with Tom Hulce and other stars of the Academy Award winning Amadeus look back at the turbulent months in Communist controlled Prague. Produced for the 2002 Directors Cut DVD release of Amadeus. Cine Golden Eagle. Houston Gold Jury Award.

LOYALTY AND BETRAYAL: THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN MOB
A four-hour history of organized crime in the United States, from its earliest beginnings in the teeming slums of America's cities in the 1890's, to the fall of the last godfather, John Gotti, in the early 1990's. For Fox Television. USIF Silver Screen Award. Emmy Award.


ABRAHAM LINCOLN: A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM
Narrated by Andrew Young, this one hour documentary for PBS presents an intricate portrait of the man who led our nation from the brink of collapse to a "new birth of freedom." Cine Golden Eagle.

MAYA ANGELOU: RAINBOW IN THE CLOUDS
A one-hour PBS special featuring the noted activist and author. Gabriel Award.

THE GLORY AND THE POWER
A three-part series in association with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and WETA. Provides an in depth, personal look at the global phenomenon of religious fundamentalism. Cine Golden Eagle.

PORTRAIT OF AMERICA
An award-winning series produced by Turner Broadcasting. Each program takes a fond look at a state and the people who make it special. Utah and Vermont in 1984-85, Minnesota and Colorado in 1985-86. George Foster Peabody Award (Series).

WHAT ABOUT GOD?
The final hour in a 7 part NOVA series on evolution explores the continuing conflict between creationists and evolutionists in schools, churches and colleges. For WBGH Boston. Aired in 2001.


CRIME & PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA
A two hour documentary adaptation of Crime and Punishment in American History by Lawrence Friedman, the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law at Stanford University.

WE THE PEOPLE
A series of four one-hour documentaries about the American Constitution and its impact on the lives of the American people today. Cindy Award. Ohio State Award.


STOPWATCH
For PBS, one hour show based on the book, THE ONE BEST WAY: Frederick Winslow Taylor and the Enigma of Efficiency by Robert Kanigel.