Where the Crossroads films and funding went

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CPB’s big America at a Crossroads initiative 20 independently produced documentaries on aspects of the post-9/11 world, at a cost not wildly above the predicted $20 million. [This list tracks the 21 grants to producers and the resulting 20 broadcasts. See also <em>Current</em>’s related 2009 article and timeline.]

The funding

Costs of the project’s major phases:

$2,520,724 — for R&D on proposals from 36 producing teams, the first cut in the grantmaking process,

+ 12, 629,507.— for production of the final 20 selected projects, and

+ 5,644,158 — for WETA’s work as “Crossroads entry station” including packaging and promotion of the series and outreach efforts.

= $20,794,389 — total cost

Here’s a boxscore counting the productions. Links go to pages about the programs on PBS.org.

Number of documentaries for which CPB announced funding in 2006 for its America at a Crossroads project
Additional commissioned in 2006
(The Muslim Americans)
Total productions announced for funding
MINUS Not completed (Invasion)
Total completed and broadcast
Total distributed to public TV by PBS
Distributed by Oregon Public Broadcasting/NETA, Fox News Channel and other outlets
Total distributed

The films

First 11 Crossroads films, aired
as a package on PBS schedule, April 15-20, 2007

April 15, 2007
Jihad: The Men and Ideas Behind Al Qaeda
, originally Holy War

April 16

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

April 17
Gangs of Iraq
The Case for War: In Defense of Freedom

April 18
Europe’s 9/11, originally Spain’s 9/11
The Muslim Americans

April 19
Faith Without Fear, originally The Trouble with Islam, and
Struggle for the Soul of Islam: Inside Indonesia  

April 20
Security versus Liberty: The Other War
The Brotherhood
, originally The Terror Dilemma


Nine more docs aired later on PBS, listed by broadcast date.

June 11, 2007
to Kandahar: Citizen Soldiers at War,
originally Citizen Soldiers

Aug. 27, 2007
The Anti-Americans (a hate/love relationship)
, originally The Transatlantic Paradox

Sept. 3, 2007
Inside America’s Empire, originally Inside the American Empire with Robert Kaplan

Nov. 26, 2007
Campus Battleground and
Homegrown: Islam in Prison,
subtitle added to title

May 11, 2008
Stand Up: Muslim American Comics Come of Age

Oct. 12, 2008
The Trial of Saddam Hussein

Nov. 2, 2008
Dissonance and Harmony: Arabic Music Goes West, originally Arab Music: Dissonance and Harmony

June 15, 2009
The Mosque in Morgantown


Aired, but not distributed through PBS

Spring and fall 2007
Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center
Distributed to public TV stations by Oregon Public Broadcasting, through National Educational Telecommunications Association, and cablecast Oct. 20 by Fox News Channel. See story.


Not completed or broadcast

Brian Berger of Docere Palace Studios told Current the company was unable to raise matching funds needed to make the film, so the grant was not used.


CPB documents about Crossroads project.

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