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Moynihan Premieres on American Masters on PBS on March 29th! 

 Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) did not just live in the twentieth century, he strode across it: a colossus of ideas and a man of deeds. He was a seminal public intellectual and sociologist, policy specialist, ambassador and long serving senator.    Moynihan was a moralist in a political world where morality – the urge to do good – is often overcome by the desire to do well.  He had, as one friend, recalled, a “ mystical belief in public service.”  In an age of rigid ideologies and political sloganeering, he was a man who embraced the contradictions and complexity of public policy without ever despairing of the role of government in the lives of its citizens.  A decade after his death The Moynihan Documentary Project, the first feature length documentary about his life, captures Moynihan, the man, the thinker and the doer as never before.


Colliding Dreams
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Arguing the World
The Endurance: Shackelton's Legendary Journey to the Antarctic
Going Upriver
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Currently on PBS digital
and Amazon Prime! 
Don Quixote in Newark

A first feature length documentary about Dr. James Oleske, the remarkable doctor who first discovered AIDS in children in the early 1980s and led the initial battle against childhood AIDS nationally and internationally.   Brilliant doctor, social crusader, medical rebel and caring physician, Oleske is a man with lessons to teach about our present pandemic and the treatment of individuals in need. 

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Riverside Films was founded by Joseph Dorman.   His latest film, Don Quixote in Newark tells the the story of the singular doctor who discovered AIDS in children in the early 1980s and led the battle against it, ultimately helping end the pandemic.  MOYNIHAN, premiering on American Masters on PBS in 2023 tells the story of  the brilliant statesman and senator, Daniel  Patrick Moynihan. His previous films include Colliding Dreams on the controversial history of Zionist described by the Los Angeles Times as “Compelling and Engrossing… a film of ideas, a film of history” and Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness named one of the 2011’s highest grossing documentaries. The New York Times called it “a rich modern history of Eastern European Jewry.” 

Mr. Dorman also wrote and directed the Peabody Award-winning documentary, Arguing the World, about eminent political writers and thinkers, Daniel Bell, Irving Howe, Irving Kristol and Nathan Glazer.  It was named one of the best films of 1998 by The New York Times and New York Magazine.  In addition, he wrote the scripts for the films, The Endurance, Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Adventure and Going Upriver, The Private War of John Kerry.


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