Rev. Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment

This documentary tells the story of Reverend Marvin Chandler, who first played the piano, `85 years ago, at the age of four in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Since that time he has never stopped sharing his love of music--especially jazz, commitment to justice--working with migrant workers and negotiating for prisoners during the Attica riots, and passion for ministry--in Rochester New York, San Francisco, and Indianapolis.

  • Larry Laswell
    Writer
    The U. S. Constitution with Bill Moyers (3 episodes) (documentary) Producer/Director Agency for Instructional Technology Geography in U. S. History (educational) Producer Agency for Instructional Technology Life of Lincoln (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Frontier Indiana (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Pioneer Indiana (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Hoosiers All (documentary) Producer/ Director Indiana Historical Society Who Do You Think You Are? (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Color and Courage (documentary) Writer/Director Gudaitis Production The Fall Creek Massacre (documentary) Writer/Director Gudaitis Production Saving Places: Preserving Indiana’s Architectural Heritage (documentary) Writer/ Director Indiana Landmarks Gudaitis Production And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts (documentary) Writer/Director U. S. District Courts for the Southern District of Indiana Gudaitis Production
  • Alan Backler
    Producer
    Reverend Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment, Gudaitis production, Bloomington, IN. And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts,Gudaitis production, Bloomington, IN. The Fall Creek Massacre, a video documentary, Gudaitis production, Bloomington, IN. .Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Colour and Courage, Gudaitis production, Bloomington, IN. Leading Difficult Conversations, instructional designer, DVD and facilitator guide. Agency for Instructional Technology/Solution Tree, Bloomington, IN. Saving Places: Preserving Indiana’s Architectural Heritage, Gudaitis production, Bloomington, IN. Assertive Discipline: Positive Behavior Management in Today’s Classroom Agency for Instructional Technology/Solution Tree, Bloomington, IN. Leaderships in Professional Learning Communities at Work: Learning by Doing, Agency for Instructional Technology/Solution Tree, Bloomington, IN Collaborative Teams in Professional Learning Communities at Work: Learning by Doing. Agency for Instructional Technology/Solution Tree, Bloomington, IN Rev. Ernest Butler: Rebel with a Cause, Gudaitis production, Bloomington, IN.
  • David Gudaitis
    Producer
    Reverend Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment, And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts, The Fall Creek Massacre, Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Colour and Courage, Leading Difficult Conversations, Saving Places: Preserving Indiana’s Architectural Heritage, Rev. Ernest Butler: Rebel with a Cause. In addition there are education videos series produced and directed for AIT: Science Links, Exploring Technology Education, Geography: Teaching with the Stars, Into the Book, Into the Book: Behind the Lessons, Skills @ Work, Every Child Can Succeed, Schools of Thought, Applied Communication, Workplace Readiness, Econ and Me, Education Under Fire, The Voyageur Experience in Global Geography, The "E" in Me– the Entrepreneur in You. And some with AIT and Solution Tree. Assertive Discipline: Positive Behavior Management in Today’s Classroom, Leadership in Professional Learning Communities at Work, and Learning by Doing, Collaborative Teams in Professional Learning Communities at Work.
  • Larry Laswell
    Producer
    The U. S. Constitution with Bill Moyers (3 episodes) (documentary) Producer/Director Agency for Instructional Technology Geography in U. S. History (educational) Producer Agency for Instructional Technology Life of Lincoln (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Frontier Indiana (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Pioneer Indiana (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Hoosiers All (documentary) Producer/ Director Indiana Historical Society Who Do You Think You Are? (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Color and Courage (documentary) Writer/Director Gudaitis Production The Fall Creek Massacre (documentary) Writer/Director Gudaitis Production Saving Places: Preserving Indiana’s Architectural Heritage (documentary) Writer/ Director Indiana Landmarks Gudaitis Production And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts (documentary) Writer/Director U. S. District Courts for the Southern District of Indiana Gudaitis Production
  • Elizabeth Mitchell
    Producer
    Resilience, Indiana's Untold Stories, Stories of Monroe, One More River to Cross, The Rosa Parks Story, Remarkable Women
  • David Gudaitis
    Director
    Reverend Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment, And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts, The Fall Creek Massacre, Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Colour and Courage, Leading Difficult Conversations, Saving Places: Preserving Indiana’s Architectural Heritage, Rev. Ernest Butler: Rebel with a Cause. In addition there are education videos series produced and directed for AIT: Science Links, Exploring Technology Education, Geography: Teaching with the Stars, Into the Book, Into the Book: Behind the Lessons, Skills @ Work, Every Child Can Succeed, Schools of Thought, Applied Communication, Workplace Readiness, Econ and Me, Education Under Fire, The Voyageur Experience in Global Geography, The "E" in Me– the Entrepreneur in You. And some with AIT and Solution Tree. Assertive Discipline: Positive Behavior Management in Today’s Classroom, Leadership in Professional Learning Communities at Work, and Learning by Doing, Collaborative Teams in Professional Learning Communities at Work.
  • Larry Laswell
    Director
    The U. S. Constitution with Bill Moyers (3 episodes) (documentary) Producer/Director Agency for Instructional Technology Geography in U. S. History (educational) Producer Agency for Instructional Technology Life of Lincoln (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Frontier Indiana (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Pioneer Indiana (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Hoosiers All (documentary) Producer/ Director Indiana Historical Society Who Do You Think You Are? (documentary) Producer/Director Indiana Historical Society Mary Bateman Clark: A Woman of Color and Courage (documentary) Writer/Director Gudaitis Production The Fall Creek Massacre (documentary) Writer/Director Gudaitis Production Saving Places: Preserving Indiana’s Architectural Heritage (documentary) Writer/ Director Indiana Landmarks Gudaitis Production And Justice for All: Indiana’s Federal Courts (documentary) Writer/Director U. S. District Courts for the Southern District of Indiana Gudaitis Production
  • Marvin Chandler
    Key Cast
  • Portia Chandler
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes 46 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    7,050 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • BCT, Bloomington Premiere
    Bloomington
    United States
    February 3, 2019
    Bloomington BCT Premiere
  • WTIU Broadcast
    Bloomington
    United States
    February 21, 2019
    WTIU PBS
  • Indianapolis Premiere
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States
    May 3, 2019
    Premiere at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church
Distribution Information
  • Gudaitis Production
Director Biography - David Gudaitis, Larry Laswell

David Gudaitis, Ph. D. will serve as producer, videographer, and video editor for this project. He spent several years in commercial film and video production, as a senior editor and producer, before moving
into the field of instructional video. He joined the Agency for Instructional Technology (AIT), in Bloomington, more than 30 years ago as executive producer, videographer, editor, director and project officer. Since then he has produced more than 100 outstanding and award-winning instructional media products in video, videodisc, software, Internet resources, and print.
He has provided services for organizations such as U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), Phi Delta Kappa, SouthWestern Publishing, Solution Tree, Wisconsin Public Television, WTIU, Indiana Landmarks, Sunrise Publishing,
Marion County (IN) Prosecutor’s Office, Citibank, Internal Revenue Service, Indiana University, and Habitat for Humanity. He earned a Ph. D. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Larry Laswell, M.A. will serve as script writer, director and associate producer for the project. For over 45 years, Mr. Laswell has developed, produced, taught, and managed over 200 major training, educational, information, and image projects. His award-winning projects are seen by thousands of students every day on line and through other technologies. The subjects of his work include tech prep, science, mathematics, health education, language arts, history, professional development, communications, music, art, economics, and problem solving. Audiences range from pre-school to adults. He taught school at the secondary level.
Mr. Laswell is experienced at managing concurrent, multiple projects and coordinating the members of each team. He has served the education and training needs of such organizations as: Eli Lilly and Company, Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Boehringer Mannheim Corporation, KFC, Cook Incorporated, the Agency for Instructional Technology, U. S. Robotics, the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), the Hilton Foundation, National Council for the Humanities, Melvin Simon and Associates. He has written and co-produced many independent historical documentaries. Other work includes programs for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, WTIU, Indiana Landmarks, and the Indiana Historical Society. He received his M.A. in Telecommunications with a specialization in education from UCLA.

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Director Statement

Rev. Marvin Chandler: Open to the Moment

"…just being in his presence makes everybody better. Better
musicians, better persons. We know we’re in good hands."
Everett Greene

When we first met Marvin, we couldn't believe how incredible his life has been! Everyone who meets him, loves him. He has done so much in sharing his gifts from God. Everyone should get to know him.

Rev. Chandler first played piano at the age of four in his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. Since that time, he never stopped sharing his love of music, commitment to justice, and passion for ministry. During his career Rev. Chandler served as pastor at Second Baptist Church in Bloomington, the Second Baptist Church in LeRoy, New York, and the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco. In addition, he was involved, through the Rochester, New York Council of Churches in reconciliation discussions during riots in Rochester in 1964. He also served as a negotiator during the riots at Attica Prison in 1971. He was inducted into the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame in 2003 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Franklin College in 2008.

These awards and others only hint at the qualities that make Rev. Marvin Chandler a man that is loved and admired by all.

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