Deeds Not Words Conversations with robert p. madison

A documentary film chronicling the life story of Robert P. Madison, preeminent architect, orator & patron of arts and humanities. This is a story about a man who has been instrumental in building Cleveland's new waterfront yet at one time was denied an opportunity to even apply to one of the city's schools of architecture.

Stream in Australia and beyond on Shelter ( www.shelter.stream ). Content with an architectural focus.

Now available on Vimeo online or Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Stick, etc. via the Vimeo App. For theatrical screenings contact info@deedsnotwordsthemovie.c

AIA NYC Diversity & Inclusion Screening

Mr. Madison and I were present at a screening of Deeds Not Words in the AIA NY building in February of 2019. Afterwards we participated in a Q&A session with the attendees.

Robert Madison's mother told him at a young age that he was going to grow up to be an architect but in the 1940s the world wasn't sure if it was ready. Mr. Madison made up their minds for them, breaking down racial barriers that had long limited African-American professional, intellectual and financial growth. His accomplishments in the architectural realm are significant but the scope of that part of his life is not a true measure of this man from America's greatest generation. As a World War II veteran, advocate, mentor and full subscriber to the American idea, Robert Madison is a true living American hero with the type of life story that is rarely told but is extremely relevant to the discourse on race and opportunity in America today.

Architect of Record - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Mentioned in photo and print in the Coretta Scott biography, "Desert Rose"

First of four brothers to team in the Madison firm's success

Architect - Frank J. Lausche State Office Building

Elected Chairman of the American Institute of Architects Jury of Fellows

Lengthy family academic achievement grounded at Howard University

Veteran of WWII and recipient of the Purple Heart Medal

executive producer EDWARD MINER producer/director DEREK MORTON


co-producer RACHEL OFORI cinematography TYLER MORTON


WINNER: Best Documentary Feature
Austin Texas. Saturday 9/1/18 @ 12:30 PM
August 17, 2018 9 AM @ Miracle Theater in Capitol Hill
June 27, 2018
May 4th, 2018