Like so many events throughout Americas past, the story of the Camden 28 has virtually been forgotten. Today, two filmmakers, Anthony Giacchino and David Dougherty, are working to save this history. I am supporting them because I believe that one of the worst things about the way history is taught is that it ignores or minimizes those times in history when people who are apparently powerless have gotten together, organized themselves and accomplished remarkable things. And something remarkable happened in Camden. The Camden 28 action and trial is worthy of being remembered because it will help educate the American public about civil disobedience, the importance of protest, and the citizen's role in a democracy.
How far would you go to stop a war? The Camden 28 recalls a 1971 raid on a Camden, N.J., draft board office by "Catholic Left" activists protesting the Vietnam War and its effects on urban America. Arrested on site in a clearly planned sting, the protesters included four Catholic priests, a Lutheran minister, and 23 others. The Camden 28 reveals the story behind the arrests — a provocative tale of government intrigue and personal betrayal — and the ensuing legal battle, which Supreme Court Justice William Brennan called "one of the great trials of the 20th century." Thirty-five years later, the participants take stock of the motives, fears, and costs of their activism — and its relevance to America today.
Anthony Giacchino has been working as a producer in television and documentary filmmaking since 1994. The Camden 28 is the first feature-length documentary he has directed.
After graduating from Villanova University with a BA in
History and German in 1992, he received a Fulbright grant to study history at the University of Freiburg, Germany.
In 1993 he moved to Leipzig, Germany where he worked as an English instructor for the Amerikanisches Sprachinstitut.
In February 2005, Anthony Giacchino co-produced and co-directed an independent documentary in Dresden, Germany. The film, Time Bomb, explores how the 1945 bombing and destruction of Dresden is remembered in Germany today. Time Bomb is currently being edited. In the political arena, Anthony shot, produced and directed a short documentary on David McReynolds, the 2000 Socialist Party candidate for President.
Anthony has also produced studio-based content and documentaries for The History Channel. As a freelance producer for the network, he has produced THC’s Sunday-morning talk shows, HistoryCENTER and Hardcover History, as well as its primetime series History vs. Hollywood and a variety of specials covering topics from the dedication of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to the 2004 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Anthony Giacchino has received documentary film grants from The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute and the Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association.
David Dougherty began his career as an independent videographer in 1993. His clients have included numerous television stations, corporations and special interest groups. He also oversees a team responsible for audiovisual design, installation and production at a leading pharmaceutical firm. Dougherty graduated from Temple University in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in radio, television and film and is pursuing a master's degree in organizational dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the International Documentary Association.
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