For the 2005 ShortDocs Challenge, we asked producers to submit ideas for stories about "games."
We received 100 proposals from the U.S. and far beyond, and commissioned four stories that explored the topic from compelling and unusual perspectives. These were presented in the opening session of the 2005 Third Coast Conference.
Presenting the 2005 TCF ShortDocs: Stories About Games is moderated by Michele Norris, and features producers Blake Eskin, Michael Kavanagh, Melissa Allison and Judith Sloan.
Michele Norris is a host of All Things Considered. Before joining NPR, Norris worked as a television correspondent for ABC News and she has worked as a print reporter for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. Norris has received numerous awards, including the Livingston Award, the NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, an Emmy, and a Peabody. Norris also narrated the five-part radio series on Black Choral Music called Lift Every Voice and Sing! and the radio documentary Say it Plain: A Century of Great African-American Speeches.
Blake Eskin’s stories about board games have appeared on The Next Big Thing and in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. His book A Life in Pieces (W.W. Norton, 2002) began as a story for This American Life. He edits Nextbook.org, which produces a podcast about Jewish culture.
Michael Kavanagh is an independent reporter and producer based in New Haven, Connecticut. He began working in radio as an intern at NPR's Talk of the Nation and then went on to work for The Connection, On the Media, and The Next Big Thing. He has taught and mentored WNYC's Radio Rookies and trained community radio journalists in Afghanistan. His domestic and foreign reporting now appears regularly on NPR & PRI's news magazines, Slate, Grist, and the Boston Globe. Kavanagh was a 2004 Pew Fellow in International Journalism.
Melissa Allison has worked as an independent producer and as an associate producer with The Kitchen Sisters, Homelands Productions, and WNYC's Radio Rookies. She has produced pieces for NPR, Third Coast Festival, and the Holocaust Memorial Museum, and reported for the BBC World Service. Prior to radio, Allison worked as a newspaper reporter in London and New York City.
Judith Sloan is an actress, audio artist, oral historian, and educator whose multi-character solo performances combine humor, pathos, and a love of the absurd. Her work has been published by W.W. Norton, Second Story Press, and the New York Times OP Ed, and produced for National Public Radio and in theatres throughout the U.S. Sloan often collaborates with her husband, Warren Lehrer, with whom she co-founded EarSay, an arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. Together they created the award-winning book and multimedia project Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America.