Filmmaker Madeline Anderson
From the book, Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers, by Spencer Moon -- Being a pioneer is never easy. Madeline Anderson thought in her days of growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, that she would be a filmmaker--a surprise to her family and friends. "People equated film-making with Hollywood, and everyone knew a Black girl couldn't aspire to be a Hollywood producer." She was encouraged to pursue another interest -- teaching.
Anderson has put the two together and is the first African American female independent filmmaker in the United States to produce a television series and have it air nationally. She became executive producer of the Infinity Factory (1978), which aired on PBS. It taught 8- to 12- year olds the everyday usage of mathematics. Anderson worked for four years as an in-house producer and director for the Children's Television Workshop (CTW). She produced a dozen or more short films and two half-hour documentary-style teaching films for parents and teachers. For The Infinity Factory (in addition to being executive producer), Anderson produced twenty-three 3-minute films, and produced and directed eithteen magazine-lenght (7-8 minute long) documentaries, ten of which she edited. She started making films as a civil rights activist to inform and encourage people to act. (source: Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers, by Spencer Moon)
The Integration Report
INDEPENDENT PRODUCTION -- Anderson's first independent film was Integration Report, One (1960). She described what it was like to make Integration Report, One:
This film taught me that you can't be an independent filmmaker unless you know how to do it. To do all of it. From making that film, I got into editing as a career path in filmmaking. (source: Reel Black Talk: A Sourcebook of 50 American Filmmakers, by Spencer Moon)
Integration Report, Part One: Madeline Anderson's documentary on the use of organized resistance as a force of social change in Montgomery, Alabama, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C. Features 1959 and 1960 footage of demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and boycotts. Producer, Madeline Anderson. 1960. 20 min