The film is the heart-rending but empowering story of lifelong educator Sue Duncan, mother of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and her groundbreaking work with children on the South Side of Chicago. In 1961, Sue Duncan opened an after-school children’s center after discovering a group of 9-year-old girls who could not read. With a combination of discipline and unrelenting devotion, she became a mother figure for thousands of families over the next 50 years. After she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2010, the community copes with the end of her career and reveals how her love will last for generations. The film includes footage of the same children over a span of ten years along with archival videos and photos going back to the 1960s. It premiered on PBS Chicago (WTTW-11).
Greetings everyone, this is Melina Kolb, founder of Tellit Multimedia. For the past 10 years, I have been producing video stories and photography to clients across the Midwest and even directed a feature length documentary while I was at it. I have made a lot of great contacts and friends and have learned so much about all the great work you are doing. As of October 2013, I will be working on a full-time contract with a marketing agency doing video and digital production work. It is likely I will be pursuing a new career path away from just video production and moving into the online and interactive space. I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive on shoots and working with me on so many projects. Some moments I will never forget are:
In this video, Temperance Beer Company, a new craft brewery in Evanston, IL, gets help from the marketing students at Medill IMC to develop a strategy that will put their beer on the map.
In two days, Tellit interviewed and took photos of a Heartland Alliance participant to create a quick, but powerful testimonial about the organization’s work in the community.
We are excited to announce that Melina Kolb’s first feature-length documentary film, Remember Me Sue, was selected to air during primetime this fall on WTTW – PBS Chicago! Melina began filming in 2004 while still in college, and over the years has kept track of Sue and her work with urban youth in Chicago. Thanks in large part to her successful Kickstarter campaign, she was able to edit over 60 hours of footage in the past year and show WTTW what she was capable of.
In this letter of support from WTTW Senior Vice President and Chief Television Content Officer, he writes:
“WTTW is very selective about which independent producers to broadcast on our air. Melina Kolb is a special filmmaker with with the ability to tell a story that is important and engaging to a wide audience. I plan on broadcasting Remember Me Sue in a prime time slot on WTTW and hope to work with Sue to make sure that aggressive promotional efforts are done to attract many viewers to the broadcast.”
To learn more about the project, visit the documentary website.
Christopher House is a non-profit organization that provides educational programming to at-risk children across the city of Chicago. Melina filmed at several of its locations to show how children of all ages are receiving a quality education.