the producers

Terra Nova Films: Key Personnel

James Vanden BoschJames Vanden Bosch, Founder, Executive Director
James Vanden Bosch is the founder and executive director of Terra Nova Films, Inc., a not-for-profit company specializing in the production and distribution of artistically excellent documentaries and educational videos. He has produced and distributed several films and videos which have received awards for their artistic merit and sensitivity, including My Mother, My Father (the emotional issues involved in caring for an aging parent); Elder Abuse: Five Case Studies; A Thousand Tomorrows: Intimacy, Sexuality, and Alzheimer's, which received a Freddie Award, a Chicago International Film Fest Silver Plaque as well as a National Media OWL Award from the Retirement Research Foundation in 1995; and I’d Rather Be Home (documents the progression of an elder abuse case for over seven years), which received a National Media OWL Award, and a Gold Plaque Award from the International Film and Video Competition (Intercom) of Cinema-Chicago.

Mr. Vanden Bosch is a graduate of the University of Iowa with an MA in Film and Television. He completed a two-year course at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1970. His Bachelor of Arts Degree was conferred by Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa with a major in English literature. Prior to forming Terra Nova Films, Inc., he was Director of Media and Public Relations for Thermal Master International in Lisle, Illinois and was Producer-Director of public relations films for the Advertising Marketing Group in Chicago, Illinois. Other related accomplishments include serving as a Juror for the Chicago International Film Festival in the arts and humanities documentary category; teaching interim courses in Film and Film Production at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and coordinating a major film festival for the American Association of Retired Persons' (AARP) national member event for the past three years.


Ed MenakerEd Menaker, Director of Development
In his role at Terra Nova Films, Mr. Menaker oversees the development of new projects and the formation of alliances and partnerships that can help to underwrite their production and implementation. Mr. Menaker's background includes 12 years in National Program Development at WTTW/PBS Chicago. Among the major projects in which he was involved at WTTW was the development of the prime-time PBS science-adventure series, The New Explorers with Bill Kurtis. The series carried with it a national educational initiative done in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory that reached more than one million students, teachers, and educators. The TV series and its educational component were honored in 1995 with broadcasting's most prestigious award, the Peabody.

Before joining Terra Nova in 2003, Mr. Menaker worked for three years at WYCC/PBS Chicago, where he served in a number of capacities, including as Strategic Planner, Development Specialist and General Manager. During this time he led the station into its digital transformation and through an unprecedented period of growth that saw major underwriting from the Illinois Humanities Council and the Chicago Community Trust and the development of new programming like the BBC News, Electronic Field Trips from the Field Museum, Illinois state championship high school sports, and the first major show on books in Chicago in more than 30 years, Cover To Cover With Mara Tapp.

As a writer, Mr. Menaker served as a columnist for the Cincinnati Post and as a contributing correspondent for publications like The New York Times and The Chicago Tribune. As an independent producer, Mr. Menaker completed award- winning national documentaries for major broadcast companies like Turner Broadcasting and PBS. And, Mr. Menaker has taught as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Mr. Menaker has traveled extensively throughout his career as a journalist and documentarian, including Afghanistan, India, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Senegal and Ghana.

 

 

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