Professor Halleck is a media activist
and co-founder of Paper Tiger Television and the Deep Dish Satellite Network,
the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita
in the Department of Communications at the University of California at San
Diego. Her first film, Children Make Movies (1961), was about a film-making
project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. Her film, Mural
on Our Street, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1965. She has led media
workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth and migrant
farmers. In 1976 she was co-director of the Child-Made Film Symposium, which
was a fifteen year assessment of media by youth throughout the world.
As President of the Association of
Independent Video and Film Makers in the seventies, she led a media reform
campaign in Washington, testifying twice before the House Sub-Committee
on Telecommunication. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute,
Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. She
has authored numerous articles in Film Library Quarterly, Film Culture,
High Performance, The Independent, Leonardo, Afterimage and other media
journals. Her book, Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community
Media is published by Fordham University Press 2001. [For the introduction
of Halleck's book see: http://22.214.171.124/halleckintroduction.html;
for Halleck on "Why We Need Community Media" see http://www.mediachannel.org/views/oped
/deedee.shtml]; for the Deep Dish Satellite TV page, see http://deepdish.igc.org;
for Paper Tiger Television, see http://www.papertiger.org.
In 1989 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship
for an ecological series for the Deep Dish Network. She received two Rockefeller
Media Fellowships for The Gringo in Mananaland, a feature film about stereotypes
of Latin Americans in U. S. films, which was featured at the Venice Film
Festival, the London Film Festival, won a special jury prize at the Trieste
Festival for Latin American Film, and first prize from the American Anthropological
Association's Visual Anthropology Division.
She has organized installations at
the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Triennial of Photography,
the Wexner Center, the Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the
Berkeley Art Museum. She coordinated a twelve part series on the prison
industrial complex in the United States entitled Bars and Stripes.
For over 40 years, Halleck has been
at the forefront of the movement for democratic use of communication technology
and the establishment of community based media.