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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Dorothy Fadiman/Concentric Media Papers
    Creator: Fadiman, Dorothy
    source: Fadiman, Dorothy
    source: Concentric Media (Firm)
    Identifier/Call Number: M2441
    Physical Description: 135 Linear Feet 189 boxes (104 manuscript storage boxes, 74 record storage boxes, 4 flat boxes, 2 card boxes, 4 half-boxes and 1 map folder)
    Physical Description: 43.5 terabyte(s) 19 hard drives; 109 3.5" floppy disks; 70 Zip disks; 1 5.25" floppy disk; 25 CDs; 1 DVD; 3 flash drives; 5 5.25" SyQuest removable hard disk cartridges.
    Date (inclusive): 1955-2018
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials related to the career of filmmaker, producer, author and teacher Dorothy Fadiman from 1976-2018. Papers document publicity, interviews, production, fundraising, reception of films, festival showings, and work with television, such as PBS. Also included are records of Concentric Media, Fadiman's non-profit production and distribution company as well as original footage (broadcast quality video) in videotape formats including Betacam, VHS and DVD.

    Scope and Contents

    Dorothy Fadiman/Concentric Media papers contains materials that cover the whole filmmaking process - research, fundraising, interviews, production, sales, distribution, marketing, publicity, outreach, screenings, awards, and reviews. There is also large amount of audiovisual materials and computer media.
    The materials in the collection consist of interview transcripts, scripts, release forms, outlines, logs, notes, fundraising correspondence, memos, sales orders, sales and distribution reports, research clippings, research notes, newsletters and other research materials, archival footage use permission forms, screenings feedback, catalogs, flyers, brochures, correspondence, newspaper clippings, reviews, posters, audiovisual materials and computer media.
    The audiovisual material in the collection has mostly not been individually described or reformatted. There are over 1,879 videotapes, videocassettes, and video reels in this collection (784 DVCAMs, 455 Betacam-SPs, 203 DVDs, 119 Hi-8s, 109 Mini DVs, 96 VHS, 52 Umatics, 25 video reels, 14 videotapes, 13 Mini DVCAMs, 7 DVCPROs, 1 Betamax, 1 mini cassette).
    There are also over 104 audiocassettes and audio reels (55 audio reels, 48 audiocassettes, 1 DAT audiocassette).
    The computer media is closed until processed and is composed of: 19 hard drives packed into 4 RSBs: 6 Lacie HDs, 2 WD My Passport, 1 Hitachi, 1 Seagate, 1 Fantom/Green drive, 1 Promise/Pegasus R4, 2 Lacie raid drives. There are additionally many floppy disks and CD-ROMs.
    Some materials containing privacy and confidentiality issues have been closed for 80 years from the date it was created. Within this guide, these files will be marked with a Restricted Material note specifying the extent of the closure period.
    The collection is in original order and is arranged by projects or films.

    Biographical / Historical

    Dorothy Fadiman is the founder of Concentric Media, and has been producing films for 40 years. Awards include an Emmy, an Oscar nomination, and a Gold Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She currently lives in Menlo Park, CA, with her husband James Fadiman. They have two daughters, Renee and Maria. Dorothy moved to California to pursue graduate work in communication studies at Stanford University. In 1974, while she was trying to write a book about the light of Spirit, she was approached by a filmmaker, Michael Wiese, who suggested they make a film together. That collaboration became RadianceADIANCE, her first production. Since then she has produced more than 20 films. Concentric Media is an independent media production company, creating films that document the stories of individuals and communities working toward social justice, human rights and personal growth. Subjects range from holistic healing to progressive education; from aging to the universal Spirit within all faiths; as well as women's reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS in Africa, and the disenfranchisement of Native Americans. Fadiman's book "Producing with Passion: Making Films that Change the World" follows her career and offers specific suggestions for independent filmmakers to use in their work as they find their unique voices through filmmaking. Dorothy teaches, gives seminars, leads workshops, and trains interns in filmmaking.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research except restricted materials which are closed until the date noted at the file level. Note that material is stored off-site and must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy. Some digital materials, including interviews conducted during filming for Stealing America (2008) have been processed and made available at https://purl.stanford.edu/ct726zq1803. The remaining digital portion of the collection is closed until processed.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/spc/using-collections/permission-publish

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Dorothy Fadiman/Concentric Media papers (M2441). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    AIDS (Disease)
    Social justice
    Reproductive rights
    human rights
    Independent filmmakers
    Documentary films
    Fadiman, Dorothy
    Concentric Media (Firm)