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.

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. FOR PRICING CONTACT: mail@mediaprojects.org

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.

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.

Latest News & Blogs

EXCITING NEW NEWS

So much is happening at Media Projects. IN HER SHOES had a successful impactful virtual screening with partner EMPOWERING WOMEN OUT OF PRISON. EWOP will be screening the film to over 1000 people in the Texas prison system. We are working with TUFTS and BOSTON UNIVERSITY on our September 28th screening. And COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY is next.

PBS – KERA-TV will be broadcasting our Lone Star Emmy Award winning film A FAIR TO REMEMBER on September 14th at 7 pm and October 3rd at 4 pm. The woman-owned business (Fab entrepreneur Merrilee Kick) BUZZ BREWS is sponsoring the broadcast.

Two films have been picked up to be broadcast on national PBS in 2022- IN HER SHOES and another Emmy Award winning film A REASON TO LIVE.

And WEST OF HESTER STREET is the featured event at The Texas Jewish Historical Society and The New Mexico Jewish Historical Society virtual meeting October 30th.

We do believe that films make a difference!!!

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Beth Shalom Brotherhood presents

A free screening of The MONSTER AMONG US Sunday, June 27th at 10 am. Film available to screen now.

Register at: https://watch.showandtell.film/watch/monster-among-us 

 Made through generous grant from the Greystone

 Foundation of Minneapolis

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Justice For Arts Conference

Artist and Art Teacher Sandra Lara and I are showing clips from IN HER SHOES and talking about art, prison and healing and of course shoes at the Justice Arts Coalition’s Annual Conference this Saturday https://thejusticeartscoalition.org/art-for-a-new-future-national-convening-2021/. Check it out

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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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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.

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.

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