Thank you for your interest in Our American Family.
The first season of the Our American Family television series will feature several family documentaries, telling each family’s story between 1900-1950.
Each documentary will feature on-camera interviews of the family members who grew up during this time span.
Each documentary’s visual landscape will be the pictures and/or footage provided by the featured family, supplemented by archival content of the era.
Each documentary will cover the following:
- Introduction of family members via family portrait(s) of the era.
- Description of family’s hometown/region – “where we lived”
- Biographical information and character descriptions of each parent
- Description of parents’ vocation
- Biographical information and character descriptions of some of the children (as told by interview subjects about themselves and their siblings), including:
- Day to day life during “growing up” years
- Stories of external events and how those events impacted the family
- Military service, impact of World War II
- The role of faith within the family
- The role of the greater community and the family
- Lessons learned that those interviewed wish to pass on to their descendants and to viewers
Minimum requirements to apply for consideration:
- The featured family must have at least two living family members that entered adolescence by 1950*. These family members must agree to be interviewed on film at a common, agreed-upon location and on a designated day and have their voices and likenesses used.
- Have access to family pictures and/or film within the 1900-1950 time span and give permission to have digital copies of pictures/film made for use in the documentary.
- The ability to share during on-camera interviews a number of family stories/memories from the era, covering the topics listed above.
* A family with only one living family member that entered adolescence by 1950 may be considered if the family also has appropriate recorded audio of family members that are no longer living that can be used in the project.
* To view a sample application, click here.