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GN-50615-05Public Programs: Humanities Projects in MediaStraight Ahead Pictures, Inc.Becoming Helen Keller9/1/2005 - 12/31/2014$775,000.00Laurie Block   Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc.ConwayMA01341USA2005History, GeneralHumanities Projects in MediaPublic Programs7250005000072500050000

Production of a two-hour television documentary on the life of Helen Keller and her place in American culture.

Becoming Helen Keller is a two hour film biography, a portrait of a unique woman who provides a revealing lens into the 20th century. With new scholarship developed by the project's humanities advisors, and commentary from other interview subjects, the film will tell how Keller became a writer, thinker, activist, media celebrity and international ambassador for human rights. The program will use several key themes: the changing role of education, women's roles in civil society, methods and aims of 20th century philanthropy, politics and ideas about human rights from the Progressive Era through the New Deal to the Cold War, media celebrity and the business of legend-making, and changing concepts of mind, language and personhood.