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

Rock legend Neil Young files for divorce after…

The legendary Canadian rocker Neil Young has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years.

Local

FDNY debuts new fire simulator for blazes at…

The New York City Fire Department christened its newest, state-of-the-art, custom-built simulator at its training academy on Randall's Island Tuesday.

Local

Bronx cop saves baby who stopped breathing

A Bronx police officer is credited with saving the life of a 2-month-old baby who stopped breathing Tuesday morning. Police Officer Johnny Castillo, 38, was…

Local

Brewer celebrates Women's Equality Day with voter pledge

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer celebrated Women’s Equality Day Tuesday by pledging to register at least five women voters before the Oct. 10 deadline. Brewer…

Movies

Review: 'The Last of Robin Hood' is a…

Dakota Fanning plays Errol Flynn's (Kevin Kline) teenage gal pal in "The Last of Robin Hood," which takes a scandal and makes it dully empathetic.

Movies

Review: The uneven 'Life of Crime' mostly gets…

Elmore Leonard's "The Switch" becomes the new indie crime dramedy "Life of Crime," with Jennifer Aniston as a kidnapped woman whose husband won't pay up.

Movies

Review: Pierce Brosnan gets a cut-rate Bond knockoff…

Pierce Brosnan tries to reclaim his glory days with the spy thriller "The November Man" but instead gets a sad DTV-style ripoff with lame action.

Music

Tiesto headlines Made in America

Electronic music legend Tiesto is ready to get in touch with his inner Rocky at the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made in America festival this weekend…

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

NFL

Dimitri Patterson suspended only for rest of preseason…

Dimitri Patterson ended up getting just a slap on the wrist.

Sports

Eugenie Bouchard excited for 'rowdy' fans at US…

Eugenie Bouchard is sure to endear herself to New York's tennis faithful as she tries to win her first grand slam title across the next two weeks.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at…

MLB Power Rankings: Angels and A's still at top, Nationals climb

Parenting

Lure your baby to sleep with Maroon 5…

These new renditions of "Moves Like Jagger" and "Payphone" are Maroon 5 like you've never heard them before.

Wellbeing

Who is having the most orgasms?

  Single lesbians report having orgasms more often than heterosexual women but both gay and straight men still come out on top of the climax…

Home

Jonathan Adler shares his tips for a great…

Jonathan Adler took a break from boogie boarding at his beach house to tell us how to keep that Labor Day party festive.

Travel

Most popular Labor Day weekend destinations

Priceline.com released its Top 20 destinations for the end of summer, including Labor Day weekend. If you’re heading to any of these spots, expect a…