At 81 she is still an impressively energetic media activist. She is co-founder of Paper Tiger Television (1981) and the Deep Dish Satellite Network (1986), the first grass roots community television network. Her first film, Children Make Movies (1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. Her film, Mural on Our Street was nominated for Academy Award in 1965.
As President of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers (AIVF) in the seventies, she led a media reform campaign in Washington, testifying twice before the House Sub-Committee on Telecommunication. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation.
Halleck has been closely involved with the Independent Media Center movement, which now totals over 180 centers in sixty countries. She was one of the initial group of media activists that developed the first center in Seattle during the World Trade Organization protests. Her role was to develop the initial funding proposal for the center, raise funds from individual donors and organize 5 days of satellite broadcasting from that historic event. That work evolved into the television version of Democracy Now!, the Pacifica Network daily radio news series. After retiring from the University of California in 2001, Halleck worked full-time for a year (on a volunteer basis) to create the infrastructure and resources for Democracy Now! television, building on the contacts already established by Deep Dish. This daily news program is now on over 650 community television and radio stations and on the Dish Network of 15 million subscribers via Freespeech TV.
Ms. Halleck has received many awards and much recognition including a Guggenheim Fellowship for an ecological series for the Deep Dish Network; two Rockefeller Media Fellowships for The Gringo in Mañanaland, a feature film about stereotypes of Latin Americans in U.S. films, which was featured at the Venice Film Festival and the London Film Festival
She has also received three awards for life time achievement: The George Stoney Award from the Alliance for Community Media; the Life Time Achievement Award of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) and the Herbert Schiller Award from the 2003 Schmio Awards.
I wish to make a web interactive documentary that will include the history of Ms. Halleck’s life and work, but will also be open to others to add their documentation of her contributions and her influence on the medium. This format will reflect and honor the practice Ms. Halleck has followed throughout her professional life.
Board Member of WBAI 2021- Present
Democracy Now Television 2001-present
Deep Dish Television, 1986-present, (Co-founder), first national public access satellite network
Paper Tiger Television, 1981-present, video production and activism collective
Live Arts, 1968-1972, a multi arts (painting, film, video and theater) community organization, working with housing project tenants, migrant workers and parolees, Middletown, New York
Henry Street Settlement Film Club, 1965-1972 Pioneer media literacy/film making program on the Lower East Side, New York City
2001-present : Professor Emerita, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego
1986 to 2001: Professor, Department of Communication, UCSD
1991 Co-Coordinator of Gulf Crisis TV Project
1990-1991 Project Development, Satellite University Network, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, CUNY
1989 Visiting Professor, Bard College
1985-1986 Media Director, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
1985, 1987, 1991 Artist-in-residence, Chicago Art Institute
1976 Co- coordinator, Minnewaska Conference on Child Made Films
1970-1985 Adjunct Professor, NYU Cinema Studies; CW Post, Long Island University; School of Visual Arts; Hunter College, CUNY
Latin Americanist of the Year, 1998, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, UCSD Faculty of the Year , Disabled Students Association and the Office of Disabilities, UCSD, 1997
Words from the Tiers: The Pen Prison Writing Project, 2003, Director/Producer
Reverend Billy’s Peace Revival, 2003, Executive Producer
Ah! The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet, 2002, Co-Producer/Director
Showdown in Seattle: Five Days that Shook the WTO, 1999 Five programs @ 30:00,
Program Development, Satellite Distribution
The Last Graduation, 1997, 56:00, (Co-Producer)
Lock Down USA, 1996 (Co-Producer/Director)
Bars and Stripes, 1997, (Producer, Co-curator) 12 hour series on prison issues, Deep Dish TV
The Gringo in Mañanaland, 1995, 61:00, compilation archival film (Producer/Director)
Stones’ Throw: TV from Cuba: Island in Goliath’s Sea,
1992, Four hour long compilations of Cuban TV, (Producer/Curator) Gulf Crisis TV Project, 1991, 10 half hour programs, (Co-Producer/Director)
Paper Tiger Television, 1981-present, 240 half-hour programs on the media (Founder/Co-Producer)
Barco de la Paz, 1984, made with the Fellowship of Reconciliation, (Producer/Director)
Haiti: Bitter Cane, 1983, feature film (Coo-director/Producer)
Haiti: Reasons to Flee, 1983, PBS special on Haitian Refugees, (Co-Producer/Director)
Bronx Baptism, 1980, documentary on Pentecostal Church in Bronx (Producer/Director)
Meadows Green, 1976, 28:00, documentary on Bread and Puppet (Co-Producer/Director)
Mural on Our Street, 1965, produced for Henry Street Settlement (Producer/Director)
Children Make Movies, 1961, Lillian Wald Settlement (Producer/Director)
Partial List of Grants:
Soros Documentary Fund, 1996
National Endowment on the Arts, 1975, 1989
New York State Council on the Arts, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978-1989 (Paper Tiger/ Deep Dish), 1999
Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 1982
New York Council on the Humanities, 1984, 1986
Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship, 1987, 1990
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1989
Partial List of Awards and Festivals:
Mural on Our Street Nomination for Academy Award, 1965;
Cine Golden Eagle, 1965
The Meadows Green First Prize, Vermont Film Festival, 1977
Bronx Baptism Margaret Mead Festival, Global Village Festival, 1979,
Oberhausen Film Festival, 2000, Mostra Video Independente, Barcelona, 2000
Bitter Cane Cannes Film Festival, 2nd Prize, Journee Documentaire, Montreal Film Festival, First Prize, Margaret Mead Fest. 1983 First Prize, Antwerp International Film Festival, Belgium,1984 Jury Award, Festival dei Populi, Italy; Award of Merit, Latin American Studies Association; Silver Palm, Chicago Film Festival.
Waiting for the Invasion Global Village Festival, First Prize, 1984
AIVF Indie Award, 1985
George Stoney Award, Alliance for Community Media, 1993
Gulf Crisis TV Project Berlin Film Festival, Medienoperatif, 1991, Rotterdam International Festival, 1991, Whitney Biennial, Margaret Mead Festival, 1997.
The Gringo in Mañanaland Whitney Biennial, Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival, Trieste Festival of Latin American Film, Jury Prize, Mesilla Valley Film and Video Festival, First Prize; Director’s Award, Black Maria Film Festival; Pamplona Video Festival; Barcelona Video Mostra; Bogota Video Festival, 1996; Award of Commendation, American Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting, 1999.
The Last Graduation, Opening Presentation at Jefferson Rotunda, University of Virginia, Virginia Festival of American Film, Charlottesville, 1997. First Prize, Philadelphia International Film Festival; Jury Prize, Black Maria Festival.
Ah: The Hopeful Pageantry of Bread and Puppet, Vermont Film Festival, Woodstock Film Festival, Dallas Video Festival
Partial List of Publications:
GMedia, Profit and Politics: Competing Priorities in an Open Society, Joseph Harper and Thom Yantek, editors Public Broadcasting and the Public Interest, co-editor, M. E. Sharp, 2003
Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community Media, a collection of essays, Fordham University Press, Spring, 2002
ìDeeDee Halleck and Bob Herculesî, Art Out There..Toward a Publicly Engaged Art Practice, Edited by Jean Fulton, School of the Art Institute of Chicago,1996
ìLas imagenes contradictorias del Mexico de Gene Autry: Un analisis de dos Peliculasî, Mexico, Estados Unidos: Encuentros y desencuentros en el Cine, Ignacio Duran, Ivan Trujillo and Monica Verea, editors, Feb.,1996
Guerrilla Television, Examining Three Decades of Community Video Activismî, Museum of Modern Art,June 1997
The Uses of Community Media: a Global Surveyî Paper presented to MacBride Roundtable,Oct., 1997
From Public Access to Geostationary Orbit: The Grass Roots Media of Paper Tiger Television and Deep Dish Community Networkî; World TV Forum, January 1998
Remembering Shirleyî Afterimage, Spring, 1998
Guerrillas in Our Midstî Afterimage, Fall, 1998
Perpetual Shadowsî for Erik Barnouw Festschrift, Wide Angle, Volume,1998
The Gringo In Mañanalandî in Them and Us: Catalogue for Virginia Festival of American Films,1998
“Close Comfort: Soft Ware for Hard Times”, commissioned for Getty Center Web Page, Cyberpub Section, 1995
“Community Television from Geostationary Orbit”, Leonardo: Journal of Arts and Technology, Volume 26, No. 5, 1994.
Halleck, Farkhondeh, Lucas Scott, ìThe Gulf Crisis TV Project Issue”, Video Guide, Issue #53. Vancouver, Canada, Spring,1992
“Watch Out Dick Tracy: Popular Video in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez”, Technoculture, Editor: Andrew Ross and Constance Penley, University of Minnesota Press,1991
“The Wild Things on the Banks of the Free Flow” in Illuminating Video, Aperture Books, Doug Hall & Sally Jo Pfiffer, Editors,1991.
“Otherwise: If You Live in Houses of Babel, Learn How to Sling Stones”, Bellagio Symposium,1989.
“History Will Dissolve Us; Time Base Correction”, Keynote at Media Alliance Conference,1989.
“Arguments for the Appropriation of Television”, High Performance, Summer, 1987. “Children Make Movies”, Screen Education, London,1963
“Two Examples of Film Work by Children”, Film Culture, #25, 1964
Cyber Publications and Web Development
Deep Dish TV http://www.igc.org/deepdish, 1995-present
Critical Resistance http://www.prisonactivist.org,1998
Interview, Brillo Web Magazine, http://www.brillo.org,1997
Interview, Crash Media Web Magazine, http:,1998
Amy Taubin, ìPaper Tiger Televisionî, Village Voice, April 4, 1989. P 41.
Liz Kotz, ìTVís War on Reality, San Francisco Weekly, January 24, 1990. p. 1.
Un Debat sobre las televisiones locales cerro la Muestra de Video en Getxo.î April 8, 1990. P 1, Egin, Algorta, Spain;
Fearless TV.î San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 2,1990.
William Boddy, ìAlternative Television in the United Statesî, Screen 31:1, Spring 1990, London, UK. p 91-101.
Clemencia Ferreyros, ìLatino Collaborative Featured in Deep Dish Series. ì Media Active: Covering Alternative Media, Spring, 1990
Wanda Bershen, ìAlternative TV in the Belly of the Beast.î Catalogue, Montbellaird Conference on Local Television, Montbellaird France, June 1990.
The Age of Satellite Programmingî, College Broadcaster, Volume 2 #2, October, 1990. P 7-16.
Judith Mayne, Feminisms Does Media Activism: An Interview with DeeDee Halleckî Feminisms, P 3-5, May 1990.
Gulf Crisis TV Projectî, Texte Zer Kunst, Cologne, Germany, Spring 1991.
Marisa Bowe, Video Times, Spring 1991. ìUnderground Videoî P 52-57
Paul Smart, Paper Tiger in Your Tankî, Woodstock Times, January 3, 1991.
Amy Taubin, ìTalking Back to Television: The Gulf Crisis TV Projectî,Village Voice, March 5, 1991. p. 19.
Linda Fuller, Community Television in the United States (p.53-55).
Ralph Engleman, Public Radio and Television in America, (Sage Publishers, 1996)
Mwalimu, “Radical Television: DeeDee Halleck’s On a New Vanguard”, Mountain Herald, Catskill, NY, August 17, 1995
Joanna Spitzer, Nathalie Murrah, and Jennifer Gillespie, ìDeeDee Halleckî, Matrilineage: Women Art and Change, Syracuse University, . October 1991
Deep Dish debuts series on censorship questions. Current, March 16, 1992.
Edinburgh International Television Festival Daily, August 30, 1992. Factual Programming on the Edgeî. P. 21.11 #3,
Gringo in Mañanaland: Exhibition Artists Television Access, San Francisco, California, 1995
Austrian Union of Students, Vienna, Austria, 1996
Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, California, 1995
Bread and Puppet Circus, Glover, Vermont, 1995
Cafe Cafe Film Series, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 1996
Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA, December, 1995
Context Studios Film Series, New York, NY, 1995
Cornell Cinema, Ithaca, New York, 1996
Downey Museum, Los Angeles, California Latin American Festival, Duke University, NC, November, 1995
Welcome to the Neighborhood: American Culture at Home and Abroad, Getty Research Center for the History of Art and the Humanities Series, Freespeech TV, 1996
Annual Convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Chicago, 1996
Huntington Beach Art Center, November, 1996
Caribbean and Latin America Support Project, Highland, New York, December, 1996
Ithaca College and the Experimental Television Centerís Women Direct Series, April, 1997
The Light Factory, Public Photography Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina Loyola University Biever Guest Lecture and Screening, New Orleans, 1996
Museum of Modern Art, New Documentaries, November, 1996
911 Media Arts Center, Seattle, Washington, 1996 North Gallery, California State University Northridge, 1996
Norwegian Film Institute, 1996
Pacific Film Archives, University Museum, Berkeley, March, 1996
Northwest Film Center, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon
Quinzena d’Art de Montesquiu, Pamplona, Spain
Centro de Documentacion, Centro de Investigacion para la Paz, Madrid, Spain
Electronic Arts Performance Series, Rensselaer Department of the Arts, EAR, Troy, New York
CASA Romero Interfaith Center, Temple University, Philadelphia University of Texas,
Austin, Benefit for SubText Journal, 1995
Centre Cultural de la Fundacio la Caixa, Vic, Spain
Reorganizing Women’s Works, Women’s Center, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Wespac, Westchester People’s Action Center, White Plains, NY, 1996
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, 1996
Paper Tiger Installations Whitney Museum, NYC, February-March, 1985
Wexner Center for the Arts, November 1990-January 1991; Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio.
Chicago Art Institute, May 1991
San Francisco Arft Institute Gallery, September, 1992
Neuw Gallerie, Graz, Austria, 1992, Austrian Triennial of Photography, Steirescher Herbst Image World: Art and Media Culture, Whitney Museum. November, 1990. Screenings. ì…Will be Televised: Video Documents from Asiaî, International Center of Photography, November 16, 1990-January 13, 1991. Installation and exhibition.
Stone’s Throw Installations
“Stoneís Throw: TV From Cuba, Island in Goliathís Sea”, November 8-10, 1990 Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts.
“Stoneís Throw: TV From Cuba, Island in Goliathís Sea”, April, Artists’ Space, NYC
Bars and Stripes: Installations
Virginia Festival of American Film, Gallery Neo, Charlottesville, VA
Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont CA, Sept-Oct 1998
Testimony to the House Sub Committee on Communication, 1978, 1979
Board Member, Videazimut, International Coalition for Audiovisuals for Development and Democracy, 1993-1996
President, Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers, 1977-82, Advocacy Committee, Board of Directors 1999-present
Trustee of American Film Institute, 1979-1981
Board Member, Deep Dish Television, 1986-present
Representative at UNESCO Conference on Youth and Film, Paris, 1976
Member MacBride Roundtable for Democratic Communications
Board of Advisors, Our Media