My hope with this film is to really crystallize—with words and images — Nature & Culture’s key messages. They are doing some of the most important work in the world today, and it has been my privilege to document it. Jody Santos, Senior Producer, Visionaries Public Television Series
Since 1995, Visionaries, Inc. has been producing Visionaries documentary series for public television. Hosted by Sam Waterston of Law & Order, the documentary series highlights the rarely told stories of nonprofit organizations all around the world that are working to make a difference in their community and beyond.
Visionaries’ production crews have traveled across six continents to profile the extraordinary work of true philanthropists – people dedicating their lives and careers to the service of others. From Refugees International to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and art museums to humane societies, Visionaries tells the stories of individuals dedicated to changing the status quo in an effort to promote peaceful coexistence. The documentaries seek to inspire vast audiences, serve as catalysts for positive social change and promote philanthropy on a global level.
From the beginning, the concept of Visionaries was to utilize television as an instrument of service by producing inspiring shows about individuals working for nonprofits in an effort to make the world a better place. Although the nonprofit sector is one of the most active segments in the work force today, the media has largely ignored it. By profiling the people who are protecting our planet, providing medical care, feeding the hungry, and empowering millions of people around the world, and witnessing firsthand the successes of these ventures, Visionaries has set out to show that one person can make a difference.
Watch the episode below, or learn more about Visionaries.org.