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When History Making Productions was founded in 2008, we made it our mission to tell Philadelphia's story as it had never been told before. Under the leadership of Sam Katz, we have spent a decade building the city's leading media platform for public history. Our films attract audiences with dynamic storytelling; combining museum-quality scholarship and dramatic filmmaking techniques to bring history to life. 

Our films have been watched by over three million viewers on television, and more than a million times online, making history accessible and appealing to every Philadelphian. The Philadelphia Inquirer has hailed HMP's films as "must viewing," and "exciting, invigorating, alive!"

Our rigor and commitment to excellence have been honored by a diverse group of community, historical, and entertainment industry organizations, including the Founder's Award of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and more than two dozen Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy Awards.

As History Making Productions turns ten, our plans have never been more ambitious. We are in production on four fascinating projects that are in need of your financial support. 

Your donation will:
  • Help our newest film SISTERS IN FREEDOM reach a national audience. We have recently completed this urgently important story showing how female political consciousness was shaped by the Philadelphia women who fought to abolish slavery. Your donation will help us package, create marketing materials, and promote the film to distributors. 
  • Help us finish our flagship series PHILADELPHIA THE GREAT EXPERIMENT. Since 2011, twelve episodes of this series have been broadcast on 6ABC-TV, building audiences for history in Philadelphia by the hundreds of thousands. Our viewership numbers grow with every episode, and we often hear from fans of the program who cannot wait for the next installment. There are two episodes remaining to be completed, and your donation will help finish this landmark effort in historical filmmaking.
  • Enable us to begin production on BEETHOVEN IN BEIJING, the untold story of the Philadelphia Orchestra's groundbreaking relationship with China, dating back five decades. This film has been endorsed for broadcast by WNET-TV New York City, the PBS station that produces the American Masters and Great Performances series.
  • Fund post-production on BEFORE HOLLYWOOD, our paradigm-shifting investigation into how industrial Philadelphia gave birth to the modern motion picture. From its premiere at the Philadelphia Film Festival last year, this film has attracted enthusiastic local audiences on 6ABC and WHYY television, and at community screenings across the region. As we re-position the film for national broadcast, some additional production, post-production, and marketing will be required.

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Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes, we are a fiscally sponsored project of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia , which is a public 501c3 organization recognized by the IRS. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent permissible by law.

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Yes, a receipt is sent to your email inbox once your donation is processed. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each period when your donation is processed.

Is my donation private?
We will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.