Mr. Olin began his film career in Chicago in the late 1960's, co-producing with his partners at The Film Group award-winning documentaries about the social unrest of the times.

In 1974, Mr. Olin formed his own production company, Chuck Olin Associates, Inc., and for more than twenty-five years produced and directed documentaries across a wide-range of subject areas while also producing special project films for corporate, healthcare, educational and institutional clients.

Mr. Olin passed away in January 2005. 




Mr. Olin's special project film and video work, which ranged from corporate identity to marketing, educational to informational, development to recruiting, advertising to public relations, involved clients in the following categories:

·  Corporate Clients include Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, Florida Power and Light, General Motors, The Alliant Exchange, GATX, Inland Steel, Honda of America, etc.

·  Healthcare Clients include the University of Chicago Hospitals, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, University of Colorado Hospital, City of Hope National Cancer Center, etc.

·  Educational/Academic Clients include the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, The Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Field Museum of Chicago, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Facing History and Ourselves, etc.

·  Advertising Agency Clients include Riney/Heartland, Storandt Pann Margolis, BBDO/Chicago, Ogilvy & Mather, Foote Cone & Belding, Ammirati Puris, etc.



Most recently, Mr. Olin was Executive Producer and co-writer of the hour-long film, IS JERUSALEM BURNING? Myth, Memory and the Battle of Latrun. The film provides a penetrating examination of the ill-fated battles of Latrun, fought during Israel's 1948 War of Independence, and offers insights into the darkly divisive myths spawned by those battles. Through the lens of Latrun, the film offers a deeper understanding of the power and influence of memory and myth in a country such as Israel, and how those impact attitude and policy in Israel's ability to forge a true peace with its neighbors.

Prior to Is Jerusalem Burning?, Mr. Olin produced and directed In Our Own Hands: The Hidden Story of the Jewish Brigade in WWII, a full-length documentary more than three years in the making. The film tells the little known story of the exploits and adventures of the Jewish Brigade, the only all-Jewish fighting unit in World War II. In Our Own Hands premiered on PBS in April of 2000, and is in wide release in dozens of countries around the world. Currently, Miramax Films is considering a feature film based on the story of the Brigade.

Earlier, between 1988 and 1991, Mr. Olin produced and directed Out of the Silence: The Fight for Human Rights, a one-hour documentary that chronicled the evolution of the modern human rights movement around the world, including the birth of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The film compares the successful human rights revolution in then-Czechoslovakia with what was then - and to a lesser degree, still is - a human rights nightmare in Guatemala. The film has aired on television in many countries, and is still in wide release to human rights activists and educators around the world.

Among Mr. Olin's other well-known documentary work through the years:

·  The Gift, a film done with famed artist Marc Chagall, in the south of France, that captures the artist's lengthy work on a monumental free-standing mosaic created for the city of Chicago.

·  Palette of Glass (Emmy Award winner), also done with Marc Chagall, provides an in-depth look at the artist's work on a monumental stained glass project, The America Windows, created for The Art Institute of Chicago.

·  Box of Treasures, an ethnographic film about "cultural survival" that chronicles the dramatic uphill efforts of a small band of Kwakiutl Indians on the Canadian Northwest Coast as they fight to save their artifacts, rituals, and language.

·  Parkside: A Neighborhood Fights Back, a three-year study of one neighborhood's effort to replace burned-out buildings and hopelessness with the successful reintegration of a newly-designed community.

·  Biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Herbert Hoover/An American Adventure, produced for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.

·  Roadmap for Change/The Deming Legacy, a two-part series that captures the unique work and philosophy of famed business guru W. Edwards Deming as he attempts to turn around long-standing problems within the American style of management.

·  Speaking for Ourselves, a short, probing documentary about the causes and effects of teen pregnancy.


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