Elbert Hubbard: An American Original (National PBS)

Released: December 10, 2010



Elbert Hubbard founded the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, New York in 1894.  With a seemingly cavalier toss, he threw away his lucrative career at the forefront of business and advertising to champion the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement.  But he was an irrepressible character known for his eccentric style, bloated ego, sharp wit and pointed criticism.  Some hailed him as a prophet and a philosopher; others called him a charlatan and a fraud.  Did he truly believe and espouse the ideals of Arts and Crafts or did he exploit them for his own advancement and search for immortality?  The Emmy nominated Elbert Hubbard: An American Original is a powerful and moving film that explores Elbert Hubbard’s extraordinary life and its important reflection of a uniquely fascinating time in American history.

Written, Produced and Directed by
Paul Lamont

Associate Producer
Scott Sackett

Narrated By
Liev Schreiber

Director of Photography
James P. Gribbins

Chris Bové

Original Music
Michael Bacon

Project Advisors
Michael Frisch
Boice Lydell
Nancy Knechtel

John Grant
David Rotterman

Awards:  Emmy Nomination
Cine Golden Eagle