An Untold Story of Leadership

"The film is smart, inspiring and warm… [it] just makes you want to get up and do something, help someone and change things."

– Bill Parent, Associate Dean for Administration, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs


The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman, narrated by Tom Brokaw, is the inspirational story of the life and career of Edmund D. Edelman, a political visionary whose courage and humanity transformed the fabric of life in Southern California. Told through archival footage and poignant interviews, the film provides a journey through Los Angeles’ history over the past half-century.

This film was made possible by the generous support of:

The Ahmanson Foundation
The Albert B. Glickman Family Foundation
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation
The Skirball Foundation
California Community Foundation
The Rothschild Family Foundation
Schoenberg Family Charitable Gift Fund
Sydney Stern Memorial Trust
County of Los Angeles
The Ruby Family Foundation
Myna and Uri Herscher
Bruce and Toni Corwin
Val and Jeff Seymour
Arnie and Linda Berghoff
Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Judy and Bernie Briskin
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Harvey Englander
Janet and Jerry Givens
Richard Katz
Peter and Janine Lowy
George Kieffer
George Mihlsten
Milken Family Foundation
Cindy Miscikowski
Susan Rice
Tom Safran
Alan Sieroty
The Simms/Mann Family Foundation
Lisa Specht
Andrea and John Van de Kamp
Alan Viterbi
Joel Wachs
Howard S Welinsky
Heidi Schulman & Mickey Kantor
Adams Cowan Foundation
Lucy and David Eisenberg
Rich and Sharon Leib
Mel Levine
Jody and Tom Priselac
Vicki Reynolds and Murray Pepper
Cristina Rose
Mariko Yamada
The Gunther Family Trust
Kerry and Jed Silverstrom
Joe Gunn
Jane Jelenko and Bill Norris
Katherine Moret
Jonathan Freedman