30 Nov 2016
Laurie Kahn is currently a resident scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. She was the producer, writer, director of the film Tupperware!, an evocative look at the lives of Earl Silas Tupper, Brownie Wise, and the Tupperware Ladies they inspired and trained in the 1950s. The film won the George Foster Peabody Award, the Banff Festival Rockie Prize for best history film of the year, and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for best direction of a nonfiction program. Tupperware! was broadcast on PBS's series American Experience, was seen at film festivals around the world, and was broadcast in more than a dozen countries.
In the 1990s, Kahn was the producer/writer of A Midwife's Tale, based on the diary of 18th-century midwife Martha Ballard, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Pulitzer Prize-winning book. A Midwife's Tale was the opening show of the 10th season of PBS series American Experience and it won an Emmy Award for outstanding nonfiction, as well as numerous awards at film festivals. Before creating her own media production company, Blueberry Hill Productions in 1992, Kahn worked on many award-winning series, including American Experience, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954–1965, Frontline Special Report: Crisis in Central America, and NPR's evening news program, All Things Considered. She served as a Center heritage panelist in 2010.