April 30, 2020
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Join Nashville Public Television and the Tennessee State Museum for an online screening event featuring East Lake Meadows and a discussion about the history of public housing. The film touches on issues of race, gentrification, architecture and media representation.

This virtual event will include clips from the documentary and a discussion featuring East Lake Meadows filmmaker Sarah Burns; Brigette Jones, curator of social history at the Tennessee State Museum; Dr. James C. Fraser, visiting professor and scholar-in-residence at the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs; and Dr. Louis Woods, associate professor of African-American history at Middle Tennessee State University.

Participants will be able to share comments and ask questions during the screening.

Ken Burns Presents EAST LAKE MEADOWS: A Public Housing Story is a production of

Florentine Films and WETA Washington, D. C. Executive Producer is Ken Burns. Producers and directors are Sarah Burns and David McMahon.

Video Descriptions

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ELM. historical INTRO FINAL



ELM panel with Sarah Burns

East Lake Meadows WETA Clips Reel - Unlisted


ELM historical panel discussion April 30 with Sarah Burns, Dr. Louis Woods, Ms. Brigette Jones and Dr. James Fraser.

NPT Closing

ELM history closing statement

65 minutes


  • Rosemary

    Community Engagement Manager Nashville Public Television


  • Sarah Burns

    East Lake Meadows Filmmaker, Sarah Burns is the author of The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding (Knopf, 2011) and, along with David McMahon and Ken Burns, the producer, writer and director of the documentary The Central Park Five, about the five Black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted in the infamous Central Park Jogger rape of 1989. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, was named the Best Non-Fiction film of 2012 by the New York Film Critics Circle and won a 2013 Peabody Award. She produced and directed, along with David McMahon and Ken Burns, the two- part, four-hour Jackie Robinson, a biography of the celebrated baseball player and civil rights icon, which she wrote with McMahon. The film aired on PBS in April 2016 and she and McMahon were nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program and won a WGA award for Documentary Script. She recently finished a documentary about public housing in Atlanta called East Lake Meadows: A Public Housing Story and is working on a documentary series on the life of Muhammad Ali.

  • Brigette Jones

    Brigette Jones, curator of social history for the Tennessee State Museum, works to preserve and interpret the vast social histories of the many diverse cultures that inhabit the state of Tennessee, including but not limited to, African American history, Latino history, and Middle Eastern history. Brigette is a Memphis native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2019, she gained certification through the National Association of Interpretation and the Smithsonian Institute: National Museum of African American History and Culture to become an official interpreter of the African American experience. Most recently, she served as Director of African American Studies for the Belle Meade Plantation Museum in Nashville.

  • James Fraser, Ph.D.

    Dr. James Fraser is a Visiting Scholar & Professor at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and has a consulting presence around the United States on urban and environmental affairs. He was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development in Peabody College and faculty in American Studies in Arts and Sciences, on the faculty at Duke University, and the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Geography. Dr. Fraser’s areas of specialty include urban studies and environmental geography. In particular, his work focuses on urban restructuring and governance, housing and neighborhood redevelopment, human dimensions of environmental change, and social justice. His current book projects are entitled Social Mix & the City: the plight for social justice and The Making of the Precarious City.

  • Dr. Louis Woods

    Louis Woods is the Director of Africana Studies and an Associate Professor of African-American History in the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Woods obtained his bachelors degree in Africana Studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He took his M.A. and Ph.D. in African American History from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Winner of the 2018 John Pleas Outstanding Faculty Award; Dr. Woods is a dedicated scholar who takes great pride teaching and mentoring his students.

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