Every four years, the world's most talented young violinists come to the Hoosier capital for a competition known in international violin circles as simply, The Indianapolis. The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis promises extraordinary prizes, the loan of a magnificent Stradivari violin, and perhaps most importantly, the launch of the winner's solo career.
The WFYI documentary The Indianapolis follows 40 young violinists on their journey through the demanding 17 day competition, as they compete for the title of Gold Medal Laureate.
The Big Game is gone, but Indianapolis' commitment to remain a "super city" moves into a new phase...taking the promise civic leaders made to the NFL to re-make an underserved neighborhood and using it as a springboard to keep transforming the city. In the first half-hour, host Derwin Smiley explores the problems still facing many of Indianapolis' neighborhoods. In the second half-hour, experts and residents alike convene in the WFYI Studios for a special Indy Talks to discuss lessons learned and dreams awakened by the success of the Super Bowl Legacy Project.
The Making of Dinosphere - In 2004, The Indianapolis Children's Museum opened the Dinosphere, the one of the largest displays of juvenile dinosaur bones in the country. This Across Indiana special offered a behind-the-scenes look at how this 30 million exhibition came to be.
This is the first episode in a series by Samuel Orr. Documentary filmmaker Samuel Orr is creating a series of programs that combine breathtaking videography with scientific accuracy.
The Indiana That Was
From ancient seas and coral reefs, to Ice-Age glaciation, the first program will explore the massive changes in Indiana’s landscape, as well as the flora and fauna that developed over these periods. The program will also explain how the landscape was further changed by human habitation, and begin to examine present-day conditions.
The entire Super Bowl Legacy series includes: More than a Game, Nearing The Goal, Gametime is Showtime and The Lasting Legacy.
If you are new to classical music, or if you think of the classics as only for those of a certain age, then this WFYI production will likely open your eyes to new possibilities.
"Indy Collection" features the energetic and talented powerhouse Time for Three, a trio of classically trained musicians whose work defies the typical genre classification. Although their instruments are traditional – the violin and double bass – their music and performance is anything but. Think rock concert meets symphony.
Documentary producer Kim Jacobs follows the creation of the works by Hoosier artists, and the creation of a new landmark in the city. Designed by Indy’s own Rundell Ernstberger Associates, the program takes viewers to the artists’ workshops as they work to bring alive the Glicks’ vision.
Tough Decisions: Defending the Homeland is a compelling documentary that takes viewers behind-the-scenes during a groundbreaking simulation of a mock terrorist attack.
Produced in partnership with the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Tough Decisions chronicles the minute-by-minute response to a simulated terrorist attack through the eyes and emotions of Indiana University students as they attempt to balance the legal and policy issues that arise in such a situation. Together, these students must determine the best course of action following a series of frightening events involving questions of both domestic and international law.
Transformation: Old Building, New Life chronicles the dramatic restoration of the former Central Avenue United Methodist Church in Indianapolis (cornerstone laid in 1891) into the 21st Century home of Indiana Landmarks.
A gambling scandal – one he had no part of – shatters New York City’s brightest young basketball star. Kicked out of college and banned by the NBA, he spends the next six years working the night shift at a Dayton, Ohio, GM plant before the Indiana Pacers of the rogue ABA make him their first player. He quickly becomes the most feared scorer in the new league, leading the team to three championships with breathtaking performances in the games that matter most. He becomes a city councilman, a civic icon. But he dies too young, stricken by cancer, tormented to the end by what-could-have-been laments. A once-magical name – many Hall of Famers say the "Rajah" should have gone down as one of the greatest ever – fades into obscurity. Until Now.
With stunning footage and imagery and interviews with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Julius Erving, Reggie Miller and many others, Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story brings to life one of the most amazing sports stories never told. The story of a young man robbed of his prime and his dignity, who overcame obstacle after obstacle to become an artist in the eyes of the few lucky enough to see him – and a better man for these trials. It’s a story at once tragic and inspirational and altogether human – one that viewers will never forget.