Dickson, Hill & Pilson

The award-winning films below are a representative sample of the work of Sandy Dickson, Cindy Hill and Cara Pilson.  In addition to national PBS broadcasts and numerous film festival screenings, the films have been the focus of articles in major publications, including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and Time magazine.

The Last Flight of Petr Ginz
Sandy Dickson and Churchill Roberts, Directors
Cynthia Hill and Cara Pilson, Associate Directors

A story of celebration and tragedy, The Last Flight of Petr Ginz is a whimsical and fantastical journey through one boy’s imagination. Combining animation, art, and live action, the documentary is a testament to how a boy’s creative expression represents the best of what makes us human. By age 14, Petr Ginz had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16 he had produced more than 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, written numerous short stories, and walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz.

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  • Winner, Avner Shalev Award for Cinematic Excellence, Jerusalem International Film Festival.
  • Screened in more than 40 countries.
  • Screening, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
  • Distributed to 190 countries by U.S. State Department.
  • Distributed to United Nations Information Centers.
  • Study guide produced by The Holocaust and United Nations Outreach Programme.
  • Available in six languages.
  • Distributed nationally by First Run Features.
  • Distributed internationally by Forward Entertainment and Pinot Films.

 

Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
Sandy Dickson and Churchill Roberts, Directors
Cynthia Hill and Cara Pilson, Associate Directors

NEGROES WITH GUNS: Rob Williams and Black Power tells the dramatic story of the often-forgotten civil rights leader who urged African Americans to arm themselves against violent racists. In doing so, Williams not only challenged the Klan-dominated establishment of his hometown of Monroe, North Carolina, he alienated the mainstream Civil Rights Movement, which advocated peaceful resistance. Negroes With Guns is not only an incisive look at a truly fascinating man but also a thought-provoking examination of our notions of patriotism and the acceptable limits of dissent.

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  • National PBS Broadcast, Independent Lens, February 2006.
  • 2006 Erik Barnouw Award, Outstanding Historical Documentary, Organization of American Historians.
  • Audience Award, Detroit Docs Film Festival, 2005.
  • Critic’s Award for Outstanding Feature Documentary, New York UrbanWorld Film Festival, 2005.
  • Screening, Smithsonian Institute, Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, September 2005.
  • Screening, D.R.E.A.M. Film Series, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, March 2005.
  • Nominee, International Documentary Association/ABC News VideoSource Award, 2004.
  • Distributed by California Newsreel

Official Selection:
Los Angeles Film Festival, Black Harvest International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Milwaukee International Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Longbaugh Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Revelation Perth International Film Festival, DocNZ International Film Festival, Black Diaspora Film Festival, East Palo Alto Black History Film Festival, 5th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival, New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.

Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore
Sandy Dickson and Churchill Roberts, Directors
Cynthia Hill and Cara Pilson, Associate Directors

fndFreedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore explores the life and times of this enigmatic leader, a distinguished school teacher whose passionate crusade for equal rights could not be discouraged by either the white power structure or the more cautious factions of his own movement. Although Moore’s assassination was an international cause celebre in 1951, it was overshadowed by following events and eventually almost forgotten. Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore restores Moore to his rightful place in the Civil Rights saga.

  • National PBS broadcast, January 2001.
  • 2001 Erik Barnouw Award, Outstanding Historical Documentary, Organization of American Historians.
  • Distributed by Documentary Education Resources.

 

Other Works:

  • The Last Days of the Revolution, National PBS broadcast, 1994.
  • Campaign for Cuba, National PBS broadcast, 1992.
  • Giving Up the Canal, National PBS broadcast, 1990.