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Birth NameTod S. Lending

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Mr. Lending is an Academy Award nominated and national Emmy winning producer/director/writer whose work has aired nationally on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO; has been screened and awarded at national and international festivals; and has been televised internationally in Europe and Asia. He is the president and founder of Nomadic Pictures, a film and television production company based in Chicago. Mr. Lending's feature length documentary, Legacy, which he produced, directed and wrote, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000. The film aired on Cinemax/HBO in the summer of 2000, was a critical success at the Sundance Film Festival 2000, and received a prime-time national PBS release in the fall of 2002. The film was awarded the Reel Screen Innovation in Documentary Award, was nominated for two IDA awards and is now screening and garnering recognition and awards at national and international film festivals. Legacy is about the Collins family who for four generations were trapped in urban poverty, depending upon welfare and living in one of the oldest and most dangerous public housing projects in America; Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. Legacy tells the inspiring story of how members of one African-American family, filmed over a five year period, recovered from the loss of their child, broke free of welfare, overcame addiction, and escaped the specter of violence in their community. In addition to the national HBO broadcast, educational and international distribution, Legacy is affecting communities on a grassroots level through a groundbreaking three year outreach project. Mr. Lending also series produced, directed, wrote and produced the international award winning series No Time to be a Child, a $1.4 million three-part documentary series that aired nationally on PBS and was a co-production with Detroit Public Television. The documentaries are about children overcoming the effects and consequences of violence in war-zone communities, their homes, and in situations of poverty. In addition to Lending's national Emmy for the ABC Afterschool Special Shades of a Single Protein, documentaries in the No Time to be a Child series (Growin' Up Not A Child, Breaking Ties, and Time to Speak) have garnered Lending numerous awards including a national Emmy nomination for Outstanding Documentary and two Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, New York Festival World Medals, Cine Eagles, among others. In addition to its national and international television release, programs in the series have been widely distributed educationally to high schools, universities, community groups, and professional organizations throughout the country. Lending is presently producing a new feature documentary entitled Redemption. This three-year project follows several men for a few months before their release from prison, and then two years thereafter. The film will examine the social and economic barriers that these men confront as they work at reintegrating into their communities and families. The project has garnered major support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Support for researching and developing the project was provided by the Foundation for Child Development through a Journalism Fellowship in Child and Family Policy. Recently, Mr. Lending was a University of Maryland Journalism Fellow in Child and Family Policy. His work has garnered major grants from the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Houlsby Foundation, U.S. Office of Education, Chicago Community Trust, and the Continental Bank Foundation.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nomadic Pictures, Inc.

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