Documentary Film Outreach Internship


Filmmakers looking for law-school and college students to work as interns on an outreach campaign for a documentary film on the life of William Kunstler, a radical civil rights lawyer. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and will air on the award-winning PBS documentary series, P.O.V., in the Spring of 2010 following its theatrical release this Fall.


In WILLIAM KUNSTLER: DISTURBING THE UNIVERSE, filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. In the 1960s and 70s, Kunstler fought for civil rights with Martin Luther King Jr. and represented the famed “Chicago 8” activists who protested the Vietnam War. When the inmates took over Attica prison, or when the American Indian Movement stood up to the federal government at Wounded Knee, they asked Kunstler to be their lawyer.

To his daughters, it seemed that he was at the center of everything important that had ever happened. But when they were growing up, Kunstler represented some of the most reviled members of society, including rapists and assassins. This powerful film not only recounts the historic causes that Kunstler fought for; it also confronts a man that even his own daughters did not always understand, a man who believed that, however unpopular, justice should serve all.

It is an inspiring story standing up for justice, fighting racism, and having the courage to make unpopular choices in the service of social change.

Internship duties include helping us build a network of organizations and law firms to serve as potential outreach partners that will help us spread the word about the film’s upcoming theatrical release.

More information on the film available here:

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to: No calls please.

Peter J. Wosh
Director, Archives/Public History Program
History Department
New York University
53 Washington Square South
New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8601
Fax: (212) 995-4017

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