Bruce Orenstein is the writer, director and producer of American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver. In 1990 he founded the Chicago Video Project (CVP), a 501C-3 non-profit video production company. CVP produces documentaries and public policy videos about social and economic issues for and public television and non-profit public interest organizations. The National Council on Foundations Annual Film and Video Festivals recognized CVP productions on six separate occasions for excellence in “how media can play an important role in advancing grant making goals.” Visit www.chicagovideo.org
Mr. Orenstein’s other credits include the 2003 Emmy award-winning WTTW documentary, No Place to Live: Chicago’s Affordable Housing Crisis. In 1999, Mr. Orenstein co-produced and directed the national PBS broadcast and Emmy nominated, Democratic Promise: Saul Alinsky & His Legacy. With a grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Democratic Promise was placed in 1,900 civic and community development organizations where it was used as a durable training tool to teach and inspire community members. Hundreds of teachers use it in college classrooms nationwide.
Prior to his career as a filmmaker, Mr. Orenstein directed community run direct-action citizen’s organizations in Seattle Washington, Fort Wayne Indiana, and Chicago Illinois. The organizations addressed affordable housing, public education, employment, youth services, and health care issues.