Ted Hardin and Elizabeth Coffman are the co-founders of Long Distance Productions, a media company dedicated to bridging the distances between people, cultures, and traditions. In 2002 Ted and Elizabeth produced “One More Mile: a Dialogue on Nation-Building, ” a feature film that screened in festivals and universities around the world and was broadcast in Eastern Europe.
Ted and Elizabeth have created video/film installations for galleries and museums: Long Distance (2003) and Renovation (2005). Elizabeth and Ted have co-produced “Veins in the Gulf,” an environmental documentary based in southern Louisiana about the disappearance of the coastline and Cajun culture. Currently they are producing “The Redemptioners,” a transmedia project about German immigration and indentured servitude in Louisiana in the early nineteenth century.
A documentary filmmaker, writer and professor, Elizabeth Coffman writes the “Long Distance Mom” column for the “Mama, Phd” blog on Inside Higher Ed. In the field of cinema studies, she has published on documentary collaboration, avant-garde cinema and video, body movement and serial violence. She was the Producer/Writer for a “Power to the People Rally,” featuring Michael Moore and Ralph Nader (2003) as well as numerous short films. Elizabeth teaches in Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication.
After receiving his M.A. from Florida State University in German Film Studies and an M.F.A. from the Ohio State University in Film and Video, Ted Hardin worked with a variety of artists at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada as director of photography, director, editor, lighting director, and assistant director. Ted has collaborated with the alternative media collective Paper Tiger Television in New York, and researched and shot the documentary, “Dark Near-Death Experiences” for German Television. His own experimental narratives and movement-based films have shown at festivals and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe. Ted is a Film and Video Professor at Columbia College Chicago.
Recent story on Fox News 8 in New Orleans, March, 2012
Chicago Reader article on “Mourning the Bayou”