Film projects under my leadership have included:

  • Children’s Museums, Bridges to the Future with WVIZ
  • Creative Essence: Cleveland’s Sense of Place 2000) with Jesse Epstein – Included in the Cleveland International Film Festival, 2003
  • People Puzzle Teleconference: A Community Discussion of Prejudice – WVIZ – 11/4/93
  • Shaker Square History (with WOIO)
  • Robert Little: The Vision of Pepper Ridge Rd. (2014) with assistance of Robert Blatchford RA and staff of Cleveland Museum of Art, and Cleveland technicians- sponsored by Sam Little
  • The History of Potter and Mellen: – Transcending Time Storytellers with Mark Stone
  • Shaker Towers: Highrise with a Mission with Susan Jackson and Robert Applebaum, 2014
  • University Circle: Creating a Sense of Place was shown 10 times on WVIZIdeastream public television in 2014-6. A legacy film, it is intended for the community.
  • Radio interviews on WCPN, WKSU, WDOK, WVIZ and WCLV (see Arts Focus)
  • Beginning my writing life at Sarah Lawrence College where I was the newspaper editor during the McCarthy era and in San Francisco as a writer during the Beat Era I was blessed with a royal start. Mentors like Horace Gregory, Vincent McHugh and Cleveland’s Alberta Turner have encouraged me. I have read in bars, coffee houses, bookstores, museums, libraries and schools and publicly on same stage as Allen Ginsberg. When two school classes voted that they liked my poem “Letters” best, I felt fulfilled. They did not know I was in the room. The next generation is an important audience.

Most projects have included many community (academic and non-profit) venues, publications, films and websites to allow people of all ages to learn in a variety of ways.  The journey of the community projects and publications have included more than 75 different funding sources: community (Kickstarter), individuals, small and large local, state and national public and private foundations…all huggable mentors and friends.


The following programs were produced with WVIZ, public television.

University Circle: Creating a Sense of Place (2013)

Project Director and Executive Producer: Nina Freedlander Gibans
With Videographer Jesse Epstein
Fiscal Agent: University Circle Inc.


  • The video production is to put in accessible form the history, art and architecture at University Circle for use by the community.
  • The video is based on personal interviews and discussions among peers, archival maps and photographs.
  • A designated website,, makes it possible for the community to see the package of materials and to add stories.
  • More info…

Shown on WVIZideastream eight times January and July 2014 and January 2015:

As fast as we move forward, we need to know where we are coming from.  Everyone should watch the film the way that suits them best.  Some restaurant leaders are planning to turn it on their TVs. In other words, spread the word!

YOU are in the film–anyone who is on a Board, works or visits an institution,  has stepped a foot in the Circle, been to a WOW Wednesday, been to a class, listened to music there, paraded the Circle there, been on the board of an institution–should be interested.

A quote from someone who saw it at the Baker Nord Center for the Humanities presentation in September 2013: “The best program in Cleveland was presented tonight… It was such a beautiful project on University Circle, I will want to see it again! Congratulations!”  Any individual,  family or institution with a TV set should make popcorn, gather friends and turn it on–bars, restaurants–etc. Or, enjoy it solo. Whatever your inclination, wherever you are, enjoy THAT program on WVIZ. (See WVIZ Program Guide pg 15-16.) You won’t be disappointed.  (See related website
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Museums and Schools (1989)
A video on the relationships that can be forged between schools and museums and the benefits of educational plans that integrate learning experiences in the classroom and the museum.

People Puzzle (1994)
The impact of prejudice on children. With psychologist, author Robert Coles and introduced by Barbara Jordan (former Representative from Texas) The result of this presentation was a discussion in the WVIZ studios, and discussions in 11 community sites on the subject of prejudice.

Children’s Museums: Bridges to the Future (1999)
A capsule of the story of children’s museums, their way of working and their impact on children and families.

Creative Essence 1900-2000 (2003-)
The summation of discussion in the community on issues in the visual arts at venues and over public radio. This was invited to be shown in the 2003 Cleveland International Film Festival.


The following program was produced with Storytellers Media, Inc.:

The History of Potter and Mellen (2005)
This program captures the history of Cleveland’s grand 100+ year-old store and of the legacy of stellar designing in jewelry and metalwork.


Produced with the assistance of the Distance Learning staff of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Emma Yanoshik-Wing and Suzan Jackson:

The Story of Pepper Ridge Road: The Vision of Robert A. Little (2009)
This program tells the story of Pepper Ridge Rd, a community of modern houses many designed by Robert A Little whose vision was to develop a community of like-minded families who shared these values.