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About Roberta

Roberta Morris Purdee began her career working with actor/director Lee Grant. Notable projects include Academy Award winning documentary Down and Out In America, Emmy winners, Nobody's Child for which Marlo Thomas won an Emmy, Wanted: The Perfect Guy for Madeline Kahn, and Cindy Eller; A Modern Fairy Tale for Pearl Bailey. Morris Purdee's recent work includes Baghdad ER winner of multiple Emmy's and the DuPont Award for HBO, and Talk, Listen, Connect for PBS winner of two Cine Golden Eagles. Other documentaries include the award winning, critically acclaimed independent film, Wallowitch & Ross THIS MOMENT, festival favorites Praying with Lior, For the Next 7 Generations, and Living with the Tiger.

Credits

  • Richard Morris & Sue Gandy: That Moment

    Richard Morris & Sue Gandy: That Moment (2016)
    Video (Short) Producer Filmmakers Richard Morris and Sue Gandy discuss the making of their 1999 Oscar shortlisted documentary "Wallowithc and Ross: This Moment."

  • Battered: Behind the Lens

    Battered: Behind the Lens (2015)
    Video (Short) Producer 25 years after filming "Battered," her portrait of domestic violence in American homes, Oscar winner Lee Grant talks a bit about what was going on behind the lens then. As well as how the issue has evolved in the 21st century.

  • Lee Grant: 30 Years Later

    Lee Grant: 30 Years Later (2015)
    Video (Short) Producer Academy Award Winner Lee Grant talks about her groundbreaking 1985 documentary "What Sex Am I?" In this exclusive anniversary interview Grant talks the making of, the pitfalls of the topic in 1985, and the incredible changes in the trans community over the last three decades.

  • Project: Heart and Soil

    Project: Heart and Soil (2013)
    Video (Short) Producer Add a Plot »

  • The Last Flight of Petr Ginz

    The Last Flight of Petr Ginz (2012)
    Film (Documentary) Casting director By 14 he had written five novels and penned a diary about the Nazi occupation of Prague. By 16 he had produced more than 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, written numerous short stories and had walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz. But this is a story of celebration as well as tragedy, a testament to how a boy's wonder and creative expression represent the best of what makes us human. Written by Sandra Dickson

  • Living with the Tiger

    Living with the Tiger (2011)
    Film (Documentary) Producer Living With The Tiger is an intimate and moving story about a group of HIV infected orphans in Thailand that have been abandoned by society. The story focuses on two of the children over a period of 3 years, and highlights the problems they encounter as they try to re-integrate back into their communities. Despite their traumatic experiences, they embark on the most unlikeliest of ventures for a group of teenagers from the countryside; a performance in an opera.... Written by Anonymous

  • For the Next 7 Generations

    For the Next 7 Generations (2009)
    Film (Documentary) Producer In 2004, 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all four corners, moved by their concern for our planet, came together at a historic gathering, where they decided to form an alliance: The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. This is their story. Four years in-the-making and shot on location in the Amazon rainforest, the mountains of Mexico, North America, and at a private meeting with the Dalai Lama in India, For the Next 7 Generations follows what happens when these women unite. Facing a world in crisis, they share with us their visions of healing and a call for change now, before it's too late. This film documents their unparalleled journey and timely perspectives on a timeless wisdom. Written by The Laughing Willow Company, Inc

  • Praying with Lior

    Praying with Lior (2008)
    Film (Documentary, Biography and Family) Producer Praying with Lior asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a spiritual genius. Many believe Lior is close to God -- at least that's what his family and community believe -- though he's also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. As this documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood - his Bar Mitzvah. Written by First Run Features

  • Baghdad ER

    Baghdad ER (2006)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Producer Winner of four Emmy(R) Awards, including Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming (Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill)! The 86th Combat Support Hospital (CSH)--the U.S. Army's premier medical facility in Iraq and formerly one of Saddam Hussein's elite hospitals--is the setting for this unforgettable documentary that puts a human face on the war's cold casualty statistics. Directed by Emmy(R)-winner Jon Alpert (HBO's 'One Year in a Life of Crime'), the film profiles the doctors and nurses at the 86th who fight to save wounded soldiers who are Medevaced (helicoptered) in on a numbingly routine basis. In addition to capturing the drama of victims and caregivers in the ER, the film provides vivid frontline rescue footage with the 54th Medical Company Air Ambulance Team along with tension-filled scenes of soldiers patrolling what is considered the most dangerous road in the world: the five-mile highway from the Baghdad Airport to the CSH. Written by Anonymous

  • ... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ... A Father... A Son... Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2005)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Tarnation

    Tarnation (2003)
    Film (Documentary and Biography) Miscellaneous Crew Part documentary, part narrative fiction, part home movie, and part acid trip. A psychedelic whirlwind of snapshots, Super-8 home movies, old answering machine messages, video diaries, early short films, snippets of '80s pop culture, and dramatic reenactments to create an epic portrait of an American family travesty. The story begins in 2003 when Jonathan learns that his schizophrenic mother, Renee, has overdosed on her lithium medication. He is catapulted back into his real and horrifying family legacy of rape, abandonment, promiscuity, drug addiction, child abuse, and psychosis. As he grows up on camera, he finds the escapist balm of musical theater and B horror flicks and reconnects to life through a queer chosen family. Then a look into the future shows Jonathan as he confronts the symbiotic and almost unbearable love he shares with his beautiful and tragically damaged mother. Written by Sujit R. Varma

  • Our Heroes, Ourselves

    Our Heroes, Ourselves (2002)
    TV Movie Producer Add a Plot »

  • Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America

    Confronting the Crisis: Childcare in America (1999)
    TV Movie (Documentary) Producer Add a Plot »

  • Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment

    Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment (1999)
    Film (Documentary and Biography) Producer Bertram Ross is a former star dancer for the Martha Graham Company. John Wallowitch is a New York Cabaret pianist and songwriter. Together they are WALLOWITCH & ROSS singing duo and life partners.

  • Say It, Fight It, Cure It

    Say It, Fight It, Cure It (1997)
    TV Movie Producer Add a Plot »

  • Frontline

    Frontline (1997)
    Television (Documentary) Producer Investigative journalist documentaries.

  • America Undercover

    America Undercover (1992)
    Television (Documentary) Producer A series that features original and previously released documentaries which look at contemporary issues with strong social relevance.

  • Keeper of the City

    Keeper of the City (1991)
    TV Movie (Action, Crime and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew A mad killer is murdering the mafia bosses of Chicago. Jim Dela is the cop investigating the crimes and thus gets into contact with Vickie Benedetto who is the wife of Vince, a psychotic man who hates his father's mafia past. Written by Volker Boehm

  • Hard Promises

    Hard Promises (1991)
    Film (Comedy, Drama, Family and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years, and finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying to convince her not to get married, aided by the daughter, who loves him despite his wandering ways. The couple finds out they still have feelings for each other but must decide how best to handle the contradiction of their lifestyles. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

  • Brenda Starr

    Brenda Starr (1989)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Mike is a struggling artist who draws the 'Brenda Starr' strip for the papers. When Brenda comes to life in the strip and sees how unappreciated she is by Mike, she leaves the strip. To get her back, and keep his job, Mike draws himself into the strip. In her world, Brenda Starr is the Ace Reporter for the New York Flash. She is talented, fearless, smart and a very snappy dresser. The only competition she has is from the rival paper's top reporter Libby Lipscomb. Brenda heads to the Amazon jungle to find a scientist with a secret formula which will create cheap and powerful gas from ordinary water. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

  • Staying Together

    Staying Together (1989)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Jake McDermott, after 25 years running a fast food business, proclaims one morning that he's hated dealing with chickens the entire time and has finally sold the family restaurant. For his three sons, who counted on taking it over someday, this comes as a shock and begins to break apart their family. No longer big, carefree fish in a small pond, will the boys manage to rearrange their lives and reconcile with their parents? Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

  • Down and Out in America

    Down and Out in America (1986)
    Film (Documentary) Miscellaneous Crew Three sectors of American society hit by recession in the mid-1980s: heartland farms, factory workers out of a job, and the new homeless. In Minnesota, 250 family farms are being repossesed each week; men and women talk about their farms, the nature of their bank loans, the onslaught of corporate farming, and their sorrow and despair. In cities where 3,500 jobs per day go overseas, unemployed workers contemplate their options. The newly homeless talk about the jobs they've lost, "Justice Ville" in Los Angeles (bulldozed by court order), and squatting in New York's abandoned buildings. A family living in a welfare hotel tells their story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

  • ABC Afterschool Specials

    ABC Afterschool Specials (1985 - 1986)
    Television (Adventure, Comedy, Drama and Family) Miscellaneous Crew "ABC Afterschool Specials" was the umbrella show name for various educational shows that were shown in the afternoon, occasionally. Each episode was produced by a separate company.

  • Mussolini: The Untold Story

    Mussolini: The Untold Story (1985)
    Television (Drama) Miscellaneous Crew This seven hour mini-series is based on the memories of Vittorio Mussolini, the oldest son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The film opens in 1922 as Mussolini gathers his power through the use of his Black Shirt militia. Promoting himself as Caesar reincarnate, Il Duce gains a national fervor that peaks after the Italian invasion of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) in 1935. In 1938, Mussolini attempted to promote peace at a Munich conference. Nonetheless he aligned himself with Hitler and drew his country into World War II. Of course, this led to his country's downfall and his total dishonor. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

  • Water

    Water (1985)
    Film (Adventure, Comedy and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Farce about a British diplomat to a West Indian island nation who finds his idyllic existance thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

  • Teachers

    Teachers (1984)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew A teacher overcomes his frustration in a high-school full of flunkies. As he attempts to educate his students, his attempts to help them gets him into trouble with the school board, which only adds to his problems. With the support of his students he beats the school board and his frustration. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

  • Killian & The Comeback Kids

    Killian & The Comeback Kids
    Producer

  • The Many Adventures of the Jonathans Higgin

    The Many Adventures of the Jonathans Higgin
    Producer

  • This is Honduras

    This is Honduras
    Producer

Awards

  • Cine Golden Eagle Award -- Talk, Listen, Connect
    (2007)

  • Emmy -- Baghdad ER
    (2006)

  • Cine Golden Eagle Award -- Here for You
    (2005)

  • Cine Golden Eagle Award -- Our Heroes, Ourselves
    (2004)

  • Oscar short list -- Wallowitch & Ross THIS MOMENT
    (1999)

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