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  • Co-founder of the Paper Tiger TV Collective
  • Co-founder of radical Deep Dish TV
  • Developed the TV version of far-left Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! for Deep Dish TV
  • Received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Soros Documentary Fund, and many other sources
  • Sits on the advisory board of far-left Free Speech TV (FSTV)

Dee Dee Halleck was born Dee Dee Drosten in St. Louis, Missouri in 1940. After graduating from high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 1959 she wed Mahlon Halleck, with whom she would have three children.

In 1961 Halleck produced her first film, Children Make Movies, about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. In 1965 her documentary Mural on Our Street was nominated for an Academy Award.

In 1970 Halleck began a career teaching cinema at several institutions of higher learning, including Hunter College, CW Post/Long Island University, the School of Visual Arts, New York University, and Rutgers University.

In 1981 Halleck co-founded the Paper Tiger TV Collective in New York City as a way to encourage leftwing alternatives to America’s capitalist media.

In 1986, as satellite television became popular, Halleck and others involved with the Paper Tiger TV Collective created Deep Dish TV, whose name was inspired by viewer satellite dishes. From its inception, Deep Dish TV was designed to be, in Z Magazine’s description, “a collective of progressive activists and videographers determined to utilize the emerging satellite technology” as a radicalizing, organizing, mobilizing tool.

In 1986 Halleck was hired as a Professor in the University of California-San Diego's Department of Communication, where she remains a Professor Emerita. At UC San Diego, she founded a branch of the Independent Media Center movement known as Indymedia, in which she has been a seminal influence. A large share of Indymedia activists and videomakers are acolytes of Noam Chomsky, who has praised the Paper Tiger TV Collective.

Halleck’s leftwing media activism was supported by many grants from such sources as the New York State Council on the Arts (1972, 1973, 1976, 1978-89, and 1999); the National Endowment for the Arts (1975, 1989); the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1982); the New York Council on the Humanities (1984, 1986); the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship (1987, 1990); the Guggenheim Fellowship (1989); and the Soros Documentary Fund (1996), funded by international financier George Soros.

In 2001 Halleck retired from teaching and moved to Willow, New York. That same year, she developed the TV version of Amy Goodman’s program Democracy Now! that began on Pacifica Radio.

Halleck remains an activist, speaker, and filmmaker. In 2003, critic Scott Stark described her new avante garde video about a Vermont puppet troupe thusly: “Narrating proletarian struggle through papier-mache effigies, their collective spirit and epic vision engage the radical historical imagination.”

In 2004 Halleck attacked positive media reports about the Iraq War. These reports, she claimed, had come from an organization "closely identified with the U.S. security apparatus," and were "funded by the U.S. State Department, and veteran Cold War instruments, the National Endowment for Democracy, and US AID, along with various foundations and international aid donor agencies."

Today Halleck is an advisory board member of Free Speech TV.



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