Nancy Porter & Harriet Reisen

Nancy Porter has been writing, producing and directing documentaries for over twenty-five years.

nporterheadhot.jpgKnown for her sensitive portrayals of character and for her creative use of dramatic storytelling, she has won numerous awards including a National Emmy, two Cine Gold Eagles, and in 1999, the first Women in Film and Video Image Award for Vision and Excellence.

Earlier in her career, Porter was a staff producer at WGBH-TV until 1992 when she established her own production company. Her films, Houdini, Alone on the Ice, The Wright Stuff, and Amelia Earhart were produced for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Her films for NOVA include Secrets of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Will Venice Survive Its Rescue? and her most recent award-winning production, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, about Typhoid Mary which aired on 10/12/04 and was nominated for a national Emmy in 2005 in the category of Best Historical Programming.

Along with Co-Project Director Harriet Reisen, Porter recently produced the documentary film, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, which received development funding from NEH, PBS and NEA and a production grant from NEH in 2005. The film will air on American Masters on PBS on December 28, 2009

harrietreisen.jpg Harriet Reisen (Producer/Writer/Author) has been interested in Louisa May Alcott since her childhood marathon reading of Alcott’s eight young adult novels. Over the past twenty years, what began as an idea for a film biography of Alcott developed into a passion for the subject herself. A former fellow in screenwriting at the American Film Institute, Reisen has written dramatic and historical documentary scripts for PBS and HBO, and radio commentary for Morning Edition and Marketplace

Visit the film and the book website at Nancy Porter Productions – Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women


The book, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women by Harriet Reisen and published by Henry Holt and Co., will be released October 27, 2009. It portrays a writer as worthy of interest in her own right as her most famous character, Jo March. A fresh take on this remarkable and prolific writer who secretly wrote pulp fiction, harbored radical abolitionist views, and served heroically as a nurse in the Civil War, Louisa May Alcott is in the end also the story of how the beloved and enduring classic Little Women came to be.

“She was no little woman and her life was no children’s book.”

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