As part of the Northeast Philadelphia History Network‘s event last night at Holy Family University, former mayoral candidate Sam Katz was on hand with a preview of his documentary, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.
The TV/film/Internet project lays out the history of the city as intended by founder William Penn, and relates it to current hot-button issues. As Katz describes on the film’s website:
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“By using Philadelphia as an outstanding example of the urban crucible, viewers will not only understand Philadelphia better, but will appreciate the meaning of being American more fully.”
You can also use the site to watch webisodes of the the film, including the pilot aired at last night’s screening. Katz is the founder and one-eighth of History Making Productions, which he formed in 2008 to begin the Great Experiment documentary, but has since developed into a full-fledged production company.
The screening was just half of last night’s event. Lest we forget the rich history of the Northeast, the Northeast Hall of Fame and the NEPHN also screened the videos of the first two classes of Hall of Fame inductees. Among them are abolitionist Robert Purvis, homeless advocate Sr. Mary Scullion and historian Harry Silcox.