Sam Katz’s Philadelphia documentary reaches Kickstarter goal

Sam Katz Credit: File Photo
Sam Katz
Credit: File Photo

Three-time mayoral candidate and current film producer Sam Katz has reached his goal of raising more than $50,000 to continue his documentary on Philadelphia and turn it into a 90-minute feature.

Four episodes of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” have already aired and the money raised will go toward post-production for the next set of episodes, webisodes and a longer movie put together with footage already shot.

The idea for the historical documentation of Philadelphia started about a decade ago when Katz watched the film “Gangs of New York.” That parlayed into reading books and watching films about New York and Chicago history. In 2006, Katz knew he wanted to turn it into a documentary.

“I had this idea at the time—it seemed as preposterous as running for mayor,” he said. “I spent two years reading and meeting with historians. I was worried about when I started this, there was no single author who had made the span of Philly history the focus on their writing.”

But Katz and his crew embraced that dilemma, instead interviewing dozens of historians about the City of Brotherly Love.

“There were so many different people writing about so many different things,” Katz said. “We were able to incorporate many voices.”

Sam Katz Kickstarter

After the pilot was produced, it took more than 100 screenings before 6ABC decided to air it. Four of the 12 episodes have been broadcasted—and were very successful.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Katz has been a political fixture in the city for two decades.

“I have a long history of my own in Philadelphia,” he said. “I played basketball here, been involved in civic life here, ran for office, I’ve watched the city change.”

It’s been his famous face that has helped fund this project, which has become very close to his heart. But that always wasn’t the case.

“History has become a real passion for me, but it wasn’t before,” Kate said. “I’m sorry that it wasn’t. I have learned in the last five or six years in many cases things I should have known.”

The next episode of “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” will air some time this fall. The 90-minute feature will focus on Philadelphia from 1944-1994. The series spans the city’s 350-year history.

Three of Katz’s most interesting historic Philadelphia finds

  • Women — “I didn’t know the incredibly important role women have played in history,” Katz said. “They had been largely written out.”
  • Engineers — “The role of railroads is not only significant but what drove industrial leadership in Philadelphia was engineers,” Katz said.
  • Yellow fever — “Philadelphia was a city plagued by yellow fever,” he said.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
News

Libya seeks ceasefire as south Tripoli a militia…

By Patrick Markey and Aziz El YaakoubiTRIPOLI (Reuters) - Black plumes of smoke marked shell blasts and bulldozed earthen barricades mapped out the frontlines around…

Breaking: News

Russia mad about sanctions, says U.S. contributing to…

Russia reacted angrily on Saturday to additional sanctions imposed by the European Union over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, saying they would hamper cooperation…

National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

U.S. Soccer

Orlando City takes shot at NYCFC over Frank…

Orlando City reminded the world how big a signing Brazilian star Kaka earlier this month with a photo of Kaka mobbed by fans juxtaposed against Lampard.

NBA

Jeremy Lin says 'Linsanity' is over as he…

Jeremy Lin lit up the NBA two years ago with his play for the Knicks but he has no desire to recreate "Linsanity" in his new career with the Lakers.

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.