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

Employment History

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

Teaching Awards

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

Selected Work

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

Selected Reviews:

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

Community Service

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