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PBS Documentary Opportunity

PBS Documentary Opportunity

PBS/The Visionaries and You

You have a truly unique opportunity to feature ARCE's work on PBS to a nation-wide audience. The Visionaries, an award-winning public television series hosted by Sam Waterston and in its 20th season, has selected ARCE to be the focus of a half-hour documentary film that will reveal the role international collaboration plays in the preservation of our human heritage. Amid the turmoil in Egypt, mainstream media is focused on scenes of discord and violence. The Visionaries documentary team will travel to culturally iconic sites where ARCE conservation projects tell a very different kind of story. See other episodes at

Make A Contribution To ARCE ARCE's episode will be filmed, edited, and made available for satellite distribution in 2014 or 2105 based on when funding is fully secured. Gifts of $5,000 or more receive acknowledgement at the beginning of our episode and every episode in the season ARCE is featured!! Special benefits are available at the $25,000 + levels. Call today for information at 210-821-7000, ask for Dina Aboul Saad.

Give with Your Friends and Colleagues

ARCE Chapters and other organizations or groups of friends can aggregate gifts to make a $5,000 contribution to qualify for an acknowlegement like...."The North Texas Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt", "Rotary Club, San Antonio", etc. To do this, contact us at 210-821-7000.

Why is ARCE interested in this particular opportunity? The Visionaries is a non-profit whose mission is to highlight the good work of American non-profits working around the world with no other motive - no ads, no political slant, just great storytelling about the impact we are having in Egypt.

Why now? The timing is perfect. Though we've been working hard for 3 years to secure additional USAID funding, all of our grants end in June 2014.  We want to use this documentary to develop a higher profile and to use as a tool with prospective funders. Thousands apply to Visionaries, but fewer than 200 have been selected over their 19 years of production.

Who will see this documentary?

Visionaries airs in 15 of the top 20 markets, is carried in 62% of PBS markets, and is assessable to over 70 million households. In addition to airing on PBS, a DVD of the documentary will be available to ARCE for promotional and fundraising purposes. And ARCE will also receive a mobile application that we can update with new content over time.

Producer/Director/Editor, Bill Mosher

Bill Mosher is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. His career began as a writer in the early 1980’s. He developed his writing skills as publisher of two weekly newspapers – publications that earned him top awards in investigative reporting and feature writing from the Massachusetts Press Association and the New England Press Association. As a freelance writer, his work has been published by scores of newspapers and magazines both here and abroad He is also the co-author of two books on Massachusetts’s local history; and the author of Visionaries, a companion book to The Visionaries television series.

Mosher’s interest in documenting philanthropic work began during an assignment for Boston Magazine in South America. The trip led to writing and producing videos on over 100 non-profit organizations, working throughout the world. Mosher’s work in television began in 1992 when he created (John Stobart’s) WorldScape, 13-part television series hosted by Walter Cronkite that encouraged young artists to paint directly from nature.  It was broadcast on more than 100 public television stations around the country.

In 1993, Mosher founded Visionaries first nationally broadcast television series profiling the work of non-profits and has travelled with non-profit organizations to dozens of countries, across six continents, documenting everything from the refugees in Sudan to literacy training in Nepal to war-torn Bosnia, rushing desperately needed supplies to hospitals and orphanages.

Cinematographer/Director of Photography Bruce Lundeen

Bruce has worked for nearly twenty years in broadcast, industrial and documentary television production as a director of photography, camera operator and lighting director. He has also taught seminars and courses in video production with the ITVA, Emerson College and the International Film and Television Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Bruce has shot in virtually every major city in the U.S. and over 50 foreign countries.

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