Filming in Rwanda and DRC

Director Stephen Ives and the Insignia crew document the work of the Howard G Buffet foundation in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Mikeno Volacano, DRC

Matebe Hydro Electric Plant, DRC

Villagers in Kurubara, Rwanda watching our drone.

The construction of a road that will eventually lead to a University 90 minutes south of Kigali (not yet built.)

Gorillas in Virunga National Park, DRC

The Great War reaches 9.6 Million Viewers

The Great War reached 9.6 million viewers during its April broadcast. If you missed it, you can still stream it here:

See below for reviews of our landmark 3 part series.

“PBS once again proves its irreplaceable value.”USA Today

“Enormously absorbing”The Wall Street Journal

“Detailed and entertaining…full of arresting images and startling snippets.” The New York Times

“Detailed and entertaining” – The New York Times

Review: ‘The Great War,’ When America Took the World Stage By Mike Hale


Speaking just over a century ago about national defense — at a time when he was still fervently engaged in keeping the United States out of World War I — Woodrow Wilson intoned, “While America contains every element of fine force and accomplishment, America does not constitute the major part of the world.”

It was a simple fact in 1916, and remains so, but it’s hard to imagine a politician — much less a president — stating it so baldly today. The “American Experience” documentary “The Great War,” a three-night, six-hour production beginning Monday on PBS, paints a detailed and entertaining picture of the years when America began to think of itself as the major part of the world.

The documentary is pegged to the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I, but it feels as if it could be responding to current events, with alliances born out of the Great War being called into question and American politics warped by the desire to turn back the clock.

Read the rest of the review in the New York Times

By |April 11th, 2017|featured, News|0 Comments|

“The Great War” in USA TODAY

Read about “The Great War” in USA TODAY

Promo for “The Great War”

See the promo for our three-part, six-hour series on America’s involvement in WWI. Airing on PBS in April 2017.

By |November 14th, 2016|featured, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Director Amanda Pollak Talks Space Men with Leonard Lopate

Listen to writer/director Amanda Pollak and U.S. Air Force pioneer Colonel Joseph Kittenger discuss Space Men on the Leonard Lopate Show.


Space Men airing March 1 on PBS

Before the days of NASA, scientists and researchers at the U.S. Air Force were testing the limits of how high man could fly. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm. “Space Men” premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS.

Our latest production for Retro Report

Read about our latest production for Retro Report on the F-35 fighter jet in the New York Times

By |January 25th, 2016|featured, News|0 Comments|

Edison in the News

“A well-chosen collection of historians and other experts take us through Edison’s life, from his birth in Ohio in 1847 to his death in New Jersey in 1931. ” – The New York Times

“American Experience: Edison’ Captures the Inventor’s Practical and Imaginative Spirit” – Pop Matters


“What more could there be to say about a long-dead American icon who generated reams of newspaper stories in his lifetime, inspired scores of biographies — the first of them written when he was just 31 years old — and left behind millions of pages of archival materials?

1919: Edison in his chemistry lab holding the "Edison effect" bulb.

1888: Edison speaking into a cylinder phonograph, West Orange.

As it turns out, plenty more.” – The Record

By |January 3rd, 2015|featured, News|0 Comments|

The Big Burn in The New York Times

Promethean Fire, Smoldering Still by Neil Genlinger Jan. 31, 2015

The great fires in American history are generally identified with a city or a building: Chicago in 1871, Boston in 1872, the Iroquois Theater in 1903, the Triangle shirtwaist factory in 1911. But a wildfire in August 1910 in the northern Rockies dwarfed all of those in geographic scope. An episode of “American Experience” on Tuesday on PBS that examines that blaze borrows one of its nicknames for its title: “The Big Burn.”

The fire burned more than three million acres in Idaho, Montana and Washington, destroying several towns and killing at least 85 people, many of them firefighters. The United States Forest Service had only recently been established, its purpose and support in Congress both still uncertain. The program (whose source material includes a book by Timothy Egan, a columnist for The New York Times) traces not only the devastation but also its role in giving the fledgling service credibility. Most interesting are the fire-suppression practices that emerged in the aftermath, policies that more recently have come into question.

Members of the 25th Infantry helped fight a raging wildfire in 1910. Credit The Museum of North Idaho

Members of the 25th Infantry helped fight a raging wildfire in 1910. Credit The Museum of North Idaho

By |January 2nd, 2015|featured, News|0 Comments|