PRODUCER/DIRECTORS/WRITERS: Steven Fischler & Joel Sucher
PROFESSIONAL REPRESENTATION: Jon Levin, Creative Artists Agency
Jennifer Gardner, Global Artists
John Grierson Award for Social Documentary Filmmaking, 1975
New York Council on the Arts, CAPS Fellows, 1974 &1977
John Simon Guggenheim Fellows (Film), 1978
Museum of Modern Art Career Retrospective, 2004
Harvard Film Archive: A Tribute to Pacific Street Films, 2005

Foreclosure Diaries - In Production
investigative documentary uncovering the roots of the current sub-prime mortgage crisis and its impact on homeowners and the economy with commentary by Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times reporter, Gretchen Morgenson.
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DRESSING AMERICA: Tales from the Garment Center - In Production
A look at the business of fashion; a world of hard work, intensity and frenzied drive, punctuated by well-publicized successes – but often, fraught with crushing defeats.
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Surveillance City - In Production
Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler update their 1971 classic, Red Squad. More than thirty years later, the sight of a surveillance camera rarely warrants a second glance. In this new production, Pacific Street Films sets out to see if there’s really anyone losing sleep over this “brave new world.” Learn More | Video Preview

Relentless Vision (a/k/a The Suitcase) - In Production
With footage culled from Pacific Street's extensive archives, and with new original production, The Suitcase will examine the life and legacy of this extraordinary Anarchist icon. The documentary will also highlight her involvement in the libertarian social revolution in Spain that followed the defeat of Franco's military forces during the uprising of 1936. Learn More | Video Preview

Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow - 2008
A museum exhibit based on the PSF documentary From Swastika To Jim Crow. The Museum of Jewish Heritage in collaboration with Pacific Street Films. Exhibit will travel nationwide.

Alfred Levitt - 2008
A portrait of a truly extraordinary artist, radical, philosopher and adventurer, who died in 2000 at the ripe old age of 105. Having lived through three centuries, Levitt reminisces about some of his friends and colleagues -- including Jack London, Marcel Duchamp and Emma Goldman! Learn More | Video Preview

Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & The Movies - 2007
BEYOND WISEGUYS is a feature length documentary that uses vérité footage, film clips and extraordinary interviews with prominent Italian American film artists to explore the personal experiences that brought them all to the movies.
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Financing Your Future and Risky Business - 2005
A series of educational videotapes designed to teach the fundamentals of financial literacy to high school and college students. Produced in collaboration with the National Council on Economic Education.
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City of Refuge - 2004
Installation piece produced for the Museum of Jewish Heritage to accompany an exhibition about Jewish immigration to New York City.

The Economics Classroom - 2002
A teacher development workshop consisting of eight one-hour videos, website and educational materials. For Annenberg/CPB. Learn More

AMC "Backstory" GoodFellas and JFK - 2002
Two productions for the AMC's "Back Story" series — Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas," and Oliver Stone's "JFK." The programs take an intimate look at the story behind the story, revealing how these groundbreaking films struck a chord with audiences worldwide. Learn More

Bravo Profile Nick Nolte - 2002
One hour documentary portrait of the noted actor. Learn More

Speed Traps - 2001
This fast-paced, high-energy show takes an in-depth look at the history and technology of speed detection, and the equally sophisticated attempts at speed detection avoidance. Broadcast on The Learning Channel.
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Martial Arts: The Real Story - 2000
A two-hour special that explores a little-known world of secret martial techniques. From the mist shrouded hills of China to small backwater villages in Southern India, fighting techniques have been developed that require silent devotion, zealous commitment and above all, secrecy. Broadcast on The Learning Channel and ITV (UK).
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From Swastika to Jim Crow - 1999
Independent documentary exploring the little-known story of Jewish refugee scholars teaching at historically black colleges before and during the Second World War. PBS broadcast 2001.
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Crime Stories - 1999
Three one-hour documentaries about notable trials from the past: The Jeffrey MacDonald Murder Case, Richard Speck: Born to Raise Hell, and The Trial of the Chicago 8. Broadcast on Court TV.

Exploring the World of Music - 1999
A 12-part television series, with a study guide and 3-set audio CD package, highlighting the principles of music, seen through a world music perspective. An international co-production with primary support from the Annenberg Project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Release date: January 1999.
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The Other Half ... Revisited - 1998
Documentary comparing social conditions today with those that Jacob Riis documented in 1890 in his famous work, HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES. Funded by the Ford Foundation and CPB. Broadcast on WNET-TV.
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The Warrior Tradition - 1998
Five one-hour documentaries highlighting warrior cultures throughout history: SAMURAI, SHOGUN, THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION, THE GURKHAS and THE GREEN BERETS. History Channel broadcast.

Intimate Portrait: Pamela Harriman - 1998
Documentary profile on the life of the socialite and former Ambassador to France. Broadcast October 1998 on LIFETIME TELEVISION.

Intimate Portrait: Jessica Lange - 1998
Documentary profile of Jessica Lange. Broadcast on LIFETIME TELEVISION.

Sidney Lumet: An American Director - 1996
A portrait of the film director, photographed during the production of NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN. Produced for Paramount Pictures and Spelling Entertainment.

Final Take: The Fertility Scandal - 1996
An investigation of the scandal at the University of California at Irvine Fertility Center, involving the illegal use of unapproved fertility drugs and the theft of eggs and embryos from patients. Broadcast on LIFETIME TELEVISION.

Troubled Waters, Vanishing Treasures - 1996
Produced for the American Museum of Natural History's Endangered Species installation.

To The Ends of The Earth - 1995
A history of the American Museum of Natural History's fossil-hunting expeditions. Part of the museum's permanent display.

In Search of Peace - 1995
Documentary special on the relationship of the United States and the United Nations, on the world organization's 50th anniversary. Narrated by Paul Newman. Broadcast on the Turner Broadcasting System.

Schools For Sale: Advertising in the Classroom - 1995
A critical look at CHANNEL ONE, the for-profit service that brings advertising into the classroom under the guise of educational programming. Hosted by Lewis Black. Produced for the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy at Rutgers University.

Calculating Change - 1993
Examination of the campaign to overhaul math and science education in the US Hosted by Al Roker. Broadcast on PBS. Produced for the Urban League and Thirteen/WNET.

Peacemaking - 1993
Educational program produced for the United Nations.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates - 1993
One hour documentary on the students involved in the annual New York City debate competition. Broadcast on Thirteen/WNET.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates - 1992
One hour documentary on the students involved in the annual New York City debate competition. Broadcast on Thirteen/WNET in June 1992.

Oliver Stone: Inside/Out - 1992
Feature length profile of the director. Produced for SHOWTIME and the BBC.
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Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe - 1991
Profile of the actress on the set of Cape Fear. Produced for HBO/CINEMAX.

Lincoln-Douglas Debates - 1991
One hour documentary on the students involved in the annual New York City debate competition. Broadcast on Thirteen/WNET in June 1991.

Martin Scorsese Directs - 1990
Profile of the director on the set of GoodFellas. Produced for AMERICAN MASTERS. Broadcast on PBS. Video Preview

Blue Helmets: The Story of U. N. Peacekeeping - 1990
A look at the work of UN Peacekeepers around the world. Narrated by Jesse Jackson. 90-minute PBS Special. Learn More | Video Preview | Order DVD/VHS

United Nations Peacekeeping - 1989
Educational film produced for the United Nations.

First City - 1988
Produced segments for this WNYC magazine series on New York City: "Tugs," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Homeless," "Arson Squad," "Parking"

Produced for WNET's Metropolitan Division: 1985 - 1988
SALUTE TO NEWARK -- eight 30-second spots. TAKE ME BACK TO DEAR OLD NEWARK -- 30-minute historical documentary. Segment production for FEAR OF CRIME and LAW AND ORDER.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi: A Special Gift - 1984
A portrait of the Nobel laureate. Produced for the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

Man's Best Friends - 1984
A one-hour investigation of the use and abuse of animals in medical experiments and product testing. Produced for FRONTLINE. Broadcast on PBS.

I Promise To Remember: Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers - 1983
The rise and fall of Rock 'n Roll's first cross-over group. Broadcast on PBS.

The Cancer War - 1983
An investigation into the politics of cancer research. Broadcast on PBS.

Anarchism in America - 1981
Feature-length documentary on this misunderstood movement. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Order VHS | Video Preview

Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists - 1980
Documentary on the last survivors of the Jewish Anarchist movement. Supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and CPB. Broadcast on PBS. Order VHS

The Grand Jury: An Institution Under Fire - 1977
An investigation of Grand Jury abuse. Broadcast on PBS.

Voices From Within - 1977
A documentary produced in collaboration with a group of long-term women inmates at the Bedford Hills Correctional Institution, New York. Funded by the NYS Council on the Arts.

Politics and Police in Stamford - 1975
Thirty-minute investigative documentary. Produced for WNBC-TV.

The Marijuana Revolution - 1975
Thirty-minute investigative documentary. Produced for WNBC-TV.

Frame-up! The Imprisonment of Martin Sostre - 1974
Investigative documentary on the wrongful imprisonment of a black activist bookstore owner.

Red Squad - 1972
An Independent documentary investigating the surveillance activities of the New York City Police Department and the FBI.

Surveillance: Who's Watching? - 1971
An investigation of police surveillance of political dissidents around the country. Produced for National Educational Television.

Ipimpi - 1971
Independent documentary about police infiltration of the Black Panther Party.

Inciting to Riot - 1970
Student film. Grand prize winner at the National Student's Association Film Festival.


Positive Carry (in development)
By Joel Sucher

10583 Syndrome (in development)
By Joel Sucher

Film School
By Joel Sucher, 2005

From Swastika to Jim Crow (Working Title)
By Joel Sucher, 2003

By Joel Sucher, 1997

Checks and Balances
By Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, 1993

Questionable Relations
By Dylan Skolnick & Joel Sucher, 1993

L.A.M.F., Kroger Babb, Tumuler
By Keith Greenberg, Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, 1992

Kroger Babb
By Keith Greenberg, Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, 1990

By Keith Greenberg, Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler, 1989

Happy As Larry
By Keith Greenberg, Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler
Optioned by MGM/UA, 1988

Rock n' Roll Story
By Mardik Martin, Joel Sucher and Steven Fischler
Optioned by Zenith Productions, Ltd. London, 1987


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