Former Philly Mayoral Candidate Sam Katz to Screen Excerpts From Series on Philadelphia History

Posted November 19th, 2009 at 1:02 pm.

Philadelphia businessman and former mayoral candidate Sam Katz, will screen excerpts from his documentary film project Philadelphia: the Great Experiment on Tuesday, Nov. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Carpenter Library Room 21.

Katz is the executive producer of the documentary, a work in progress that he expects to take three years to complete. He will screen excerpts from the completed pilot episode of the eight-part documentary and webisodes from the film.

“Philadelphia is the nation’s most compelling stage for the unfurling and testing of American ideals. William Penn’s city was the first in the world to codify freedom of religion, individual rights, trial by jury, and a democratic assembly as the pillars of a constitution amendable by the people,” Katz says. ” Since then, ideas of equality and tolerance, public good and private enterprise, freedom and subjugation, have been continuously measured against each other and Penn’s own vision.

“The documentary will explore America’s first great city from its pre-history and then across nearly four centuries, as the nation’s laboratory of ideas, a place of continuous innovation, exploration, and inquiry,” Katz says.

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