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Who were the Quakers?  Who are they now?  Why are they important to us?  The answers may surprise you.
Who were the Quakers? Who are they now? Why are they important to us? The answers may surprise you.
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This is a call for funds to help us begin our production of a two hour television documentary.  Quakers: The Quiet Revolutionaries will tell the story of a spiritual movement that has played a remarkable role in American religious, social and political life. Yet the historical importance of The Religious Society of Friends and the challenges that Friends face moving forward has not been fully presented in a documentary format. We would be honored if you would join us on this journey.   

The Gardner Group, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible on the state and federal level.  

The production has already received support from New Jersey Historical Commission, Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission and The International Outreach Granting Group.

Writer, Co-Director and Co-Producer, Elena Mannes has won many awards for her work in News and Documentary. Her television work has appeared on both public and commercial television. Her honors include six national Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, two Directors Guild of America Awards, and nine Cine Golden Eagles. Mannes has directed, produced, and written numerous hour-length programs for network and public television, including  work for CBS and ABC  News, American Masters, American Experience, Frontline  and for Bill Moyers.  Mannes worked with the Gardner Documentary Group as writer on Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story.  She is a graduate of Friends Seminary and the author of The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song.

Co-Director and Co-Producer Janet Gardner founded The Gardner Group, Inc. in 1991 to produce engaging and challenging documentary films with a special interest in history and culture.  Precious Cargo (2001) produced in association with ITVS, enjoyed more than 500 broadcasts on PBS stations, and was broadcast on National Geographic International, and honored with six industry awards. The Gardner Group, Inc. was awarded a “We the People Project” grant in 2006 from NEH, and CINE Golden Eagle awards for Mechanic to Millionaire: The Peter Cooper Story and the recent film, Lost Child: Sayon's Journey.  A World Beneath the War, nominated for a National News Emmy for historical programming and for Distinguished Documentary Achievement by the International Documentary Association, was broadcast on PBS stations.

Risks and challenges

The outward and spiritual signs of an inward process are never easy to capture. In addition to the history, we are exploring how the new generation of Quakers are interpreting the Quaker Testimonies in their own lives.

Quakers work by consensus, but we have been able to gain the confidence of a number of meetings and individuals. We plan to profile several important Quakers who are no longer with us and may need to do tasteful re-enactments. We did this for past Gardner Group productions, and are confident we can handle the casting and directing.

This is a large and complex subject. It has been a challenge to narrow it down with a judicious blend of historical and present day reporting. We have assembled an impressive group of scholars and done considerable research in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Since the founding of The Religious Society of Friends to the present day, some things remain constant: the spiritual search, the quest for social justice, and a powerful peace testimony informed by careful discernment.

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