Founded by filmmakers Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell in 1978, Media Projects, Inc., 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

Sisters of 77

Sisters of 77

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.

The Monster Among Us

The Monster Among Us

A provocative and timely film revealing the anti-Semitism in Europe today seen through the personal stories of people living in six European countries.

In Her Shoes

In Her Shoes

Incarcerated women in an art course reflect on their lives through the shoes they have worn, the shoes they are wearing and the shoes they hope to take their next step in.

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.

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.

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.

Latest News & Blogs

Thank You For Your Support

We met our goal last night on North Texas Giving Day. We so appreciate everyone who participated and supported our mission. This year we have Collaborated, Connected and Contributed to make a difference with film.

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COVID- We Responded

In a time of COVID, we were able to jump online and
change what we were doing. We worked with IGNITE, KERA-TV, Dallas Public Library and AFI DOCS to showcase DREAMS OF EQUALITY about the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention and SISTERS OF ’77 about the 1977 Women’s Conference. Both films feature courageous women who changed the course of Women’s Rights. Through generous grants we donated 52 copies of our films to the Library.
We are donating a showing of IN HER SHOES to UNLOCKING DOORS 2020 Texas REENTRY Symposium. The film will impact people who have contact with incarcerated women. Hopefully, it will change attitudes that will lead to a better understanding and services for incarcerated women. In todays, COVID environment this is so needed. We have put on our masks and new shoes for sure and are kicking high!


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Collaboration is Great

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Back By Popular Demand

“It’s absolutely fascinating and fierce.” Marisa Tomei

Due to fabulous response to KERA-TV’s SISTER OF ’77, the film will be re-broadcast this Wednesday, August 19th at 10 p.m. central time. If you are in Texas, you can stream it on Youtube only at 10 pm.

Watch how 20,000 women convened at a revolutionary National Women’s Conference in 1977 to hammer out a plan of action on : the equal rights amendment, reproductive freedom, lesbian rights, sexual preference, and minority rights and more. Features interviews with iconic activists such as Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Ann Richards, Liz Carpenter, Bella Abzug and Ellie Smeal.

Cynthia directing former Governor Ann Richards

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SISTERS OF ’77 in AFI DOCS Fest

A Women’s conference that sparked a movement. We are excited that our film SISTERS OF ’77 will be screening June 18- 21 at AFI DOCS online Film Festival. It’s limited to 500 people, so if you want to grab a ticket, grab one early at https://bit.ly/37rPKcg #AFIDocs

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Films in Progress

JOHN KIZELL: A Slave Fights Slavery

JOHN KIZELL: A Slave Fights Slavery

Recounts the heroic life of John Kizell - seized from his African village and brought to Charles Town, S.C. as a slave in 1773. Eventually, he returned to Africa as a free man to fight the slave trade.

The Battle For Our Neighborhood

The Battle For  Our Neighborhood

Tells the human impact of development over the past 15 years in a Dallas neighborhood. Its story can be repeated in other cities around the country.

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.

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