Join us Thursday, March 2, 2023 for Case Study: Agents of Change. Co-Producer/Co-Director Frank Dawson discusses and examines the making of his pivotal film, Agents of Change, the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to protests. The film is back in demand with the controversy of the College Board stripping down it's A.P. curriculum of African American studies. Agents of Change links the past to the present and the present to the past--making it not just a movie but a movement.
AGENTS OF CHANGE - From the well-publicized events at San Francisco State in 1968 to the image of black students with guns emerging from the takeover of the student union at Cornell University in April, 1969, the struggle for a more relevant and meaningful education, including demands for black and ethnic studies programs, became a clarion call across the country in the late 1960's. Through the stories of these young men and women who were at the forefront of these efforts, Agents of Change examines the untold story of the racial conditions on college campuses and in the country that led to these protests. The film’s characters were caught at the crossroads of the civil rights, black power, and anti-Vietnam war movements at a pivotal time in America’s history. Today, over 45 years later, many of the same demands are surfacing in campus protests across the country, revealing how much work remains to be done.
FRANK R. DAWSON, CO-PRODUCER, CO-DIRECTOR
Frank Dawson is the former Dean of the Center for Media and Design Campus at Santa Monica College (SMC). Frank is also a Producer, writer, and founding partner in NuHouse Media Group, a Company originally formed to develop and produce television series, movies for television, and cable television features in association with CBS Entertainment Productions. Currently, Frank develops projects independently, and is the Co-Producer/Director of the documentary film, “Agents of Change”. Frank began his broadcasting career in Radio as an on-air personality and producer before joining the Advertising and Promotion department at the CBS television network in Los Angeles, where he wrote and produced Promos and Television Movie opening sequences. As a Television Executive at CBS, Frank later coordinated the development of TV Series scripts and the production of Prime Time television programs.
At Universal’s Television Division, Frank then served as Director of Comedy Development, where he was involved in the development and production of “Charles In Charge" (CBS). When assigned as Director of Programming, he served as Universal's Production Executive on the NBC dramatic series, "Miami Vice", while also spearheading the creation and launching of the ABC Network comedy series, "He’s The Mayor".
As Senior Vice President of Television for SI Communications (SI) in Burbank, California, Frank supervised production and development activities of the company in the syndication market. He was Co-Executive Producer of “Story of A People”, a syndicated television program hosted by Debbie Allen and Joe Morton, as well as “The Other Side of Victory”, an innovative sports magazine program that was hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and Fox Sports’ James Brown. As a partner in the media company, “2002 Communications”, he was a producer of Tavis Smiley’s first television Talk Show Series Pilot.
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