Founded by filmmakers Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell in 1978, Media Projects produces and distributes films that personalize some of the most searing social issues of our time. We also create films that celebrate events and people who indelibly touch our lives.

Featured Projects

A Reason to Live

A Reason to Live

A powerful documentary about teen and young adult depression and suicide - personal stories of despair and hope told by young people of different ages, ethnicities and sexual orientation - and their families. The honesty and openness of these individuals bring us face to face with a mental illness that can result in the third-leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. A 2-DVD set includes classroom and adult versions of the film, with additional special features.

Sisters of '77

Sisters of \

This vibrant film recounts the passionate story of a revolutionary Conference that set the agenda for women’s rights in Houston, Texas, in 1977. Features Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Ann Richards, Liz Carpenter, Bella Abzug and Ellie Smeal.

A Fair To Remember

A Fair To Remember

Lone Star Emmy award film that weaves together the colorful stories of the 125-year history of Dallas' own State Fair of Texas, its impact on the Lone Star State's commerce and cultural heritage, and how this annual event epitomizes the city's "can do" spirit.

Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience

Waging Peace: The Peace Corps Experience

The Peace Corps experience told through the letters, journals and blogs of the Volunteers written while on the job. Allen Mondell was a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Latest News & Blogs

Three of our films screen at Texas Jewish Historical Society Conference

On October 23rd – 26th in Austin, Texas, THE MONSTER AMONG US, WEST OF HESTER STREET, and MAKE ME A MATCH will be screened as part of a movie panel with filmmaker Aviva Kempner and moderator award-winning author Hollace Weiner.

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2013 Was a Fabulous Year

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A Reason to Live wins an EMMY

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JFK Legacy Film Now Playing

JFK50 years after President Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas his legacy still inspires and gives hope. Our new film THE LEGACY is now on permanent view  at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza .  Millions of people have visited the Museum to read the text on the walls, listen to an audio tour and watch our films.  We hope that millions more will leave the Museum not only learning about President Kennedy’s life but also realizing they can make a difference.

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SOLE SISTERS Films in Prison

Dallas County female inmates looked at their misfitting government issued Croc shoes and revealed their stories
in a powerful art program led by Sandra Lara.  The women were very courageous as they talked about their missteps in life that led them to prison.  The shoes were powerful in helping them examine who they were, are and who they want to be. Once again showing that we are all SOLE SISTERS.

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Films in Progress

Sole Sisters

Sole Sisters

"Every Shoe has a story. Every woman has both." SOLE SISTERS will be a documentary film about women's lives seen through personal stories about their shoes. Anchored by the film, Media Projects will develop a multi-media platform with educational and entertainment experiences that include the web, theater and publishing opportunities. The SOLE SISTERS' project will reach a global audience as it celebrates, uplifts and empowers women of all ages, ethnicities, and walks of life.

Henderson Avenue

Henderson Avenue

HENDERSON AVENUE (the documentary) starts with a buggy ride down a quaint and largely unknown section of Dallas and ends with all the sidewalk banter, frenetic activity and congestion of a mile-long urban phenomenon. So how did we get here? And what were the tolls along the way?

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