(56 minutes) USA
Birnbaum and Jim Schermbeck
A west Texas town begins mandatory drug testing
of their sixth through 12th graders. One man, Larry Tannahill,
says, "No, not my son." Standing alone by his moral decision
that costs him job and home, the third-generation cotton farmer
asks the ACLU to help fight for his son's Fourth Amendment rightspitting
one man against his neighbors in a historic legal case study on
the Bill of Rights.
Mark Birnbaum produces, directs, shoots, and edits
documentaries and documentary-style business films. His film subjects
have ranged from issues of peace and justice to healthcare to dancing
salsa. Birnbaum has worked at PBS stations in Maryland and Dallas
where he shot and edited miles of film. He spent a decade directing
commercials and corporate films. In the mid-eighties, he set up
Mark Birnbaum Productions and shifted his focus entirely to documentaries.
He has received the Peabody Broadcasting Award.
Jim Schermbeck has been a community organizer
in Texas since 1977. His work has included staff positions with
both Public Citizen and the National Toxics Campaign. From 1996
to 1999 he was Executive Director of Downwinders At Risk, and wrote
produced several short documentaries on the
environmental and public health risks of burning hazardous waste
in cement plants. Best known of these is Danger Downwind,
which was funded by the American Lung Association of Texas.
Mark Birnbaum Productions
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