Talk | Sam Katz

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

Sam Katz

Making History Making Films

Sam Katz, founder of History Making Productions, will discuss the challenges of making his film and internet project, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment. The winner of seven Emmy Awards, the series tells the story of the city that it calls “the single most compelling stage for the unfurling and testing of American ideals.”

Showing excerpts from several episodes, old and new, Katz will explain the goals of the project and offer a close-up look at the filmmaking process and the lessons that he and his team have learned in eight years of work.

The latest episodes in the series, "Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia," will air on September 22 and 27 on ABC channel 6.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Katz was a founder of Public Financial Management, a nationwide public finance advisory firm, a three-time candidate for mayor of Philadelphia, CEO of Greater Philadelphia First, chair of PICA (the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority), a leader in the biotech venture capital and financial services industries, and an adviser to legislators and mayors, including Ed Rendell.

This event is free and open to the public.


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Mellon-funded Humanities+Urbanism+Design project, Penn IUR, Penn History of Art, and Penn Cinema Studies.

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