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Engines of Democracy

release date: Oct 07, 2008
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Engines of Democracy
State legislators have often been in the shadow of their national counterparts, but they drive the processes of democracy. Rosenthal brings together a lifetime of research and experience on state legislative politics into one eminently readable volume—a dynamic, inside view of the people involved, the politics that prevail, and the interest groups and lobbyists who advocate their causes. Building on earlier work with new data and recent interviews and observations, Rosenthal looks at the way representation works, Americans’ critical view of their legislatures, the role of legislative leaders, the dynamics of executive-legislative relationships, as well as norms and ethics. Both a complement and contrast to the policymaking process on Capitol Hill, Engines of Democracy proves that no one gives insight into state legislators and their work the way Alan Rosenthal can.

Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Videos, Fourth Edition

release date: Jun 26, 2007
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Jerusalem, Take One!

release date: Jan 01, 2000
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Jerusalem, Take One!
Alan Rosenthal presents a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a documentary filmmaker. Rosenthal has made over 60 films, including ""Day of Peace"", ""Out of the Ashes"" and ""A Nation is Born"", and through this, he has witnessed much of Israeli history over the last part of the 20th century. Rosenthal studied law at Oxford before beginning his work in television directing. In the 1960s he was part of a team invited by the Israeli government to set up the first television network there, and here he stayed for more than 30 years. Over this period, the Eichmann trial, the Oslo Agreement, the search for the menorah from the Second Temple, the Yom Kippur war and Project Renewal are but a few of the moments of Israeli history that Rosenthal and his camera have witnessed. In this text, he recalls these events with humour and wit, but Rosenthal himself is the true subject of this intensely personal history.

Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Digital Videos

release date: Dec 23, 2015
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Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films and Digital Videos
In a new edition of this popular guidebook, filmmakers Alan Rosenthal and Ned Eckhardt show readers how to utilize the latest innovations in equipment, technologies, and production techniques for success in the digital, web-based world of documentary film. All twenty-four chapters of the volume have been revised to reflect the latest advances in documentary filmmaking. Rosenthal and Eckhardt discuss the myriad ways in which technological changes have impacted the creation process of documentary films, including how these evolving technologies both complicate and enrich filmmaking today. The book provides crucial insights for the filmmaker from the film’s conception to distribution of the finished film. Topics include creating dynamic proposals, writing narration, and navigating the murky world of contracts. Also included are many practical tips for first-time filmmakers. To provide context and to illustrate techniques, Rosenthal and Eckhardt reference more than one hundred documentaries in detail. A new appendix, “Using the Web and Social Media to Prepare for Your Career,” guides filmmakers through the process of leveraging social media and crowdsourcing for success in filmmaking, fund-raising, and promotion. A day-to-day field manual packed with invaluable lessons, this volume is essential reading for both novice and experienced documentary filmmakers.

The Documentary Diaries

release date: Jan 01, 2016
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The Documentary Diaries
How do you make a successful documentary in an era of media turmoil, network disruption and increasing financial restrictions? This is the question Alan Rosenthal, distinguished international filmmaker and teacher, sets out to answer in The documentary diaries. Using seven of his recent releases as case studies - ranging from high-budget historical and political documentaries to shoestring observational films and hybrid docudramas - he explores with style and humour the challenges facing the contemporary documentarian, and demonstrates how they can be overcome. Numerous aspects of film production are examined, notably proposal and script writing, fund raising, managing co-productions, dealing with commissioning editors and choosing distributors. Additional mini-chapters provide extra perspective on key topics, and the book is completed by a wealth of supplementary material, including excerpts from script drafts, variations on proposals and discussions of marketing strategies. The documentary diaries offers piercing insights into the world of documentary filmmaking, and will be essential reading for students and professionals alike.

Heavy Lifting

release date: Jul 12, 2004
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Heavy Lifting
What makes for a “good” legislature? In Heavy Lifting, Alan Rosenthal traveled to five states, interviewing and shadowing legislators to find out the answer. Through this engaging narrative, the author first establishes the most important aspects of American state legislatures--what they are and how they do their jobs--and then graduates to the book’s central thesis: Rosenthal argues that, on the whole, the American legislature must be evaluated on the basis of its processes, not its products. He breaks down the legislative process into three principal functions: representing, lawmaking, and balancing the executive, and covers each in turn in the remainder of the book.

The Decline of Representative Democracy

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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The Decline of Representative Democracy
Based on a leading scholar′s firsthand observations of legislatures as well as extensive interviews with legislators, legislative staff, and lobbyists, this important work describes and analyzes the contemporary state of legislatures and the legislative process in the fifty states. It explores the principal elements of legislatures, including the processes by which legislation is enacted, the impact of the media, political competition and partisanship, lobbyists and lobbying, the challenge of ethics, the role of leadership, and the linkage between legislators and their constituencies.Thematically, Alan Rosenthal argues that despite the popular perception that legislatures are autocratic, arbitrary, isolated, unresponsive, and up for sale, legislatures are, in fact, extraordinarily democratic and becoming more so. He concludes, furthermore, that the dangers to representative democracy today are substantial. The Decline of Representative Democracy builds on the growing literature in state politics and state legislatures. It also relies on the author′s participant-observer research, interviews conducted especially for this book, and his years in the field. Many illustrative examples help to clarify the theoretical points made throughout the book, which in turn provide provocative sources of debate for students of the legislative process.

The Best Job in Politics: Exploring How Governors Succeed as Policy Leaders

release date: Mar 09, 2012
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The Best Job in Politics: Exploring How Governors Succeed as Policy Leaders
"My worst day as governor was better than my best day as a United States senator."--Former Governor Tim Carper (D-DE, 1993-2001) Governors--both in, and now out of, office--see the job as the best in politics. Why is that? Drawing on a survey of former governors, personal interviews, as well as gubernatorial memoirs and biographies, Rosenthal shows students how and why governors succeed as policy leaders and makes a case as to why some governors are better at leveraging the institutional advantages of the office.

The Documentary Conscience

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The Documentary Conscience
Interviews with film makers examine the techniques, styles, points of view, subjects, ethics, funding, and production of documentaries

Ultimate One-Pot Dishes

release date: Oct 01, 2015
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Ultimate One-Pot Dishes
A revised edition of the best-selling 'Stewed!' by Alan Rosenthal. A modern twist on the old-fashioned dish. Ultimate One-Pot Dishes uses imaginative ingredient combinations to let you create fuss-free, wholesome and tasty meals for the whole year round, from heart-warming winter stews to flavoursome summer tagines. Whether you're cooking for the family or making meals for one, these recipes are both effortless and delicious, and can be easily frozen so you always have a hearty meal ready to go - and all with very little washing up! Alan Rosenthal offers 80 one-pot recipes from all over the world, including Chicken and Prawn Jambalaya, Brazilian Black Bean Stew with Chorizo and Smoked Pork, Catalan Fish Stew, Beef in Barolo, and Persian Lamb and Quince Stew. Economical, tasty, comforting and simple to make at home, this fantastic fully illustrated collection of recipes will appeal to anyone who wants to create mouth-watering meals with minimal fuss!
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