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Stu Levitan welcomes the award-winning filmmaker and UW alum Glenn Silber for a conversation about The War at Home, the Academy Award-nominated documentary about the antiwar movement in Madison in the 1960s he made with co-producer/co-director Barry Alexander Brown. And proving that everything old can be made new again, this feature release from 1979 is now streaming on several platforms in a new 4K restoration and is, sadly, as relevant as ever.
Since graduating from the University of Wisconsin in the summer of 1972, Glenn Silber has amassed quite a record and reputation as a film and television documentarian. A decade producing and directing independent feature documentaries for PBS on topics ranging from Senator Joe McCarthy and the San Francisco Mime Troupe to the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Then twenty-nine years in network news and documentaries, producing 90 prime-time features for such newsmagazines as 60 Minutes, Nightline, Frontline, 20/20, and West 57th. He’s also a founding partner of Catalyst Media Productions, a video production and communications consulting company.
In addition to a second Academy Award nomination, that one for the documentary El Salvador: Another Vietnam, Glen has received dozens of awards and citations, including four national Emmy Award nominations, winning twice, the George Polk Award, a Columbia-Dupont Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.