State of the Arts has been nominated for two New York Emmys!

Winners will be announced on April 14, 2018. In the meantime, be sure to watch our Emmy-nominated features!

Historical/Cultural Program Feature Segment

Jazz in the Key of Ellison
Eric Schultz, Producer/Director

In this story, producer Eric Schultz featured a special evening at NJPAC celebrating the jazz inspirations of the great American writer Ralph Ellison. There was a star-studded evening of jazz music inspired by the author’s own record collection, and spoken word from Ellison’s writings. Wynton Marsalis, Don Katz, and scholar Robert O’Meally, all of whom knew Ellison personally,  participated.  Using historic film clips and interviews with key players, the story gives new insights into Ellison’s work.

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Magazine Program

State of the Arts: Murder on the Orient Express, Jazz Pianist Bill Charlap, Photographer Helen M. Stummer, and Toy World
Susan Wallner, Producer; Eric Schultz, Producer

This episode of State of the Arts goes behind-the-scenes with a new stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express; meets Helen M. Stummer, who spent over 30 years photographing Newark’s toughest neighborhoods; hears from one of the great jazz pianists, Bill Charlap; and takes a nostalgic look at New Jersey’s toy industry.