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BACKPACK FULL OF CASH

A feature-length documentary narrated by Matt Damon that explores the real cost of privatizing America’s public schools
(Co-produced with Turnstone Productions)

SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education

This landmark PBS series, narrated by Meryl Streep, offers an unprecedented portrait of our great national experiment.

ASYLUM: A History of the Mental Institution in America

The Emmy-nominated film that tells the story of St. Elizabeths Hospital and care for the mentally ill

MARCEL PROUST: A Writer’s Life

The amazing story of an artist who overcame failure to create a great literary masterpiece
(Co-produced with Wolfe-Carter Productions)

MEGAMALL: Money, Power and Politics in the Age of Sprawl

A feature-length documentary about the 20-year controversy behind one of America’s biggest shopping malls
(Co-produced with Turnstone Productions)

SPEED SKATE: What does it take to be a champion?

Some of the fastest young skaters in the U.S. train with their hard-charging coach, gold-medalist Dong Sung Kim
(Co-produced with Hunt Avenue Productions)

HAVERSTRAW (in post-production)

A feature-length documentary about what happens when a big developer sets out to transform a low-income, multi-ethnic community
(Co-produced with Turnstone Productions)

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ABOUT US

Stone Lantern Films is an independent, non-profit production company founded in 1986 by sisters-in-law Sarah Mondale and Sarah Patton. Most of our award-winning documentaries have been broadcast nationally on public television. Weaving together striking imagery with compelling fact-based stories, our best known films aim to raise awareness about issues crucial to our democracy. SLF’s award-winning work includes BACKPACK FULL OF CASH narrated by Matt Damon, SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education, a 4-hour PBS series narrated by Meryl Streep, and the Emmy-nominated ASYLUM.

FILMS WITH IMPACT

We pride ourselves on organizing highly effective public engagement campaigns.  SLF producers collaborate with outreach professionals and community groups to design public events that bring new voices to the table, deepen conversations, and help decision-makers understand what is at stake, with the goal of encouraging positive change.

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