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UnionDocs, Inc (Brooklyn, NY 11211-6941)
Yael Melamede (Project Director: August 2021 to present)

Media Projects Production
Public Programs

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$644,525 (approved)
$644,525 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2022 – 9/30/2023

Speaking Freely: A Film and Multi-platform Project about the First Amendment and the Work of Preeminent Attorney Floyd Abrams

Production of a film about the First Amendment and the balance between free speech principles and other core values.

SPEAKING FREELY explores how our laws, attitudes, and culture norms around free speech have changed in the last fifty years. The centerpiece of our work is a feature-length documentary that explores these themes while tracing the professional journey of renowned attorney Floyd Abrams, who has been at the center of First Amendment case law for decades, beginning in the early 1970s when he represented The New York Times against the government in the Pentagon Papers Supreme Court case. As we tell his story, we explore how twenty-first century life is challenging the First Amendment in new ways, as we strive to balance free speech principles against our other core values, including privacy, equality, security, and personal freedom. The SPEAKING FREELY project also includes a dedicated website, social media, educational curricula, and the potential for additional ancillary media to further a dialogue on these important issues.