Director Philip Kunhardt To Speak At Miller Center On The
21, 2000 -- Philip Kunhardt III, director and producer
of the widely anticipated PBS series, "The American President,"
will speak at the University of Virginias Miller Center of
Public Affairs on Tuesday, April 4, at 4 p.m. Kunhardt, along with
former Kennedy advisor and historian Richard Neustadt, will discuss
how this unique series was made and will sign copies of the companion
first documentary series ever to profile all 41 of Americas
chief executives, "The American President" will premiere
Sunday, April 9, from 9-11 p.m. on PBS (local station WHTJ in Charlottesville,
WCVE in Richmond). The series will run for five consecutive nights,
concluding on Thursday, April 13.
series features an extraordinary group of political, military and
media figures to provide voices for the presidents who served before
the development of sound recording. The list includes Gen. Colin
Powell, Gen. H. Norman Schwartzkopf, former Sen. Robert Dole, Walter
Cronkite, radio personality Don Imus, former Washington Post editor
Ben Bradlee, Sen. John Glenn, James Carville, Andrew Young (as Thomas
Jefferson) and the Rev. Billy Graham.
Kunhardt, along with his father, Philip Kunhardt Jr., and brother
Peter Kunhardt spent over four years creating "The American
President." They used hundreds of photo archives across the
country for their footage, including the Meserve Collection of Civil
War era photographs, to bring alive the story of the presidents
"in their own words," according to Philip Kunhardt Jr.
story of the presidency is history on a scale that is both heroic
and personal," says producer Philip Kunhardt III. "One
of the most interesting things that emerges when you look at them
as individuals is that personal flaws are not necessarily a barrier
to greatness, and rigorous personal virtue does not necessarily
protect against failure."
Kunhardt III's presentation at the Miller Center is free and open
to the public. The Miller Center is located at 2201 Old Ivy Road
information about the series and about all 41 American Presidents
is available on an educational website developed by Kunhardt Productions,
www.americanpresident.org. New York Life is the exclusive
underwriter for both the documentary and the website.
related to the series, as well as a full press kit on the series,
are available by calling Margaret Edwards at the Miller Center (804)
Margaret Edwards, (804) 924-7889