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Carlos Montezuma: Changing is not Vanishing

Produced by Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood

Documentary Short
USA | 28 min | 2014

This documentary tells the story of Native American activist Dr. Carlos Montezuma. He helped secure reservation land and water rights and argued for U.S. citizenship for all native people. In 1888, Montezuma was the first Native American to graduate from the University of Illinois. At the age of five, he was stolen from his family in Arizona and bought for $30 by an Italian Photographer, Carlo Gentile. The kind Gentile raised Montezuma as his son. They traveled the U.S. and performed with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Montezuma worked as a reservation doctor before setting up private practice in Chicago.

Carlos Montezuma - Alison, Davis, Wood, ProducersTim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood

The team of Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood produce documentaries about the University of Illinois for the Big Ten Network. Their national programs have received numerous awards including multiple regional Emmy Awards, three “Gracie’s” from American Woman in Radio and Television, as well as over 20 Emmy nominations.

Tim Hartin has been producing award-winning documentaries and other programming for more than 30 years. Before producing documentaries for the Big Ten Network, he worked at WILL-TV (PBS) and Nebraska Educational Television. Hartin produced and directed the Emmy award winning program, Song and a Slogan which featured the late Illinois alumnus and Metropolitan Opera tenor, Jerry Hadley. The program is a musical tribute to Illinois poet Carl Sandburg. Hartin’s other programs include the Emmy-nominated Ten Sisters: A True Story, and an Emmy winning profile of Metropolitan Opera Singer, Nathan Gunn. His productionsVietnam: Soldiers’ Stories and Mr. Shimkus Goes to Washington, were distributed by PBS and aired on public television stations around the country.

Kaitlin Southworth was awarded her first Emmy for her profile of wheelchair athlete Jean Driscoll. Her story focused on Driscoll’s work to create the first Ghanaian Paralympic team and change attitudes towards disability in that country. Her other productions include a look at the complex history of Latino baseball in Playing America’s Game and a profile of the University of Illinois’ Marching Band in March to Homecoming. Her most recent work is a profile of famed architect Max Abramovitz and his revolutionary design of Illinois’s State Farm Center.

Alison Davis Wood has been producing national documentaries for over two decades. She won a 2017 Mid-America Emmy award for writing The Game Changer, the story of disability rights pioneer Tim Nugent. In 2015 she won an Emmy for writing the documentaryCarlos Montezuma, Changing Is not Vanishing. In 1999, she received her first regional Emmy for her documentary, Walter Burley Griffin: In His Own Right about the talented, but overlooked Illinois architect. Wood’s other productions include 2009’s Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency and 2004’s Gold Star Mothers: Pilgrimage of Remembrance. Both of which aired nationally on PBS.

Carlos Montezuma Movie Poster

Film Information

Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 28 min
Rated: PG


Producers: Tim Hartin, Kaitlin Southworth and Alison Davis Wood
Writer: Alison Davis Wood
Consultant: Jaime Singson, Karen Ray
Hattie Kauffman

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