SHIRLEY ROAD PRODUCTIONS is an independent award-winning, non-profit video/film production organization based in Philadelphia. Founded in 1991, the organization's mission is to create educational and cultural programs that are innovative in content, point of view and production.
The company has over twenty years experience developing and producing programs for public television and other outlets. Major documentaries include MAKING WAVES (2011), MIRROR DANCE (2005) which premiered nationally on the PBS series INDEPENDENT LENS, BALLYCASTLE (2004) and AN ANGEL IN THE VILLAGE (1999). Please visit "Productions" for more information, including DVD purchase.
SHIRLEY ROAD PRODUCTIONS also provides video services that expand the communication activities of non-profit educational, community and advocacy organizations. Please visit "Partners / Collaborators" for more information.
SHIRLEY ROAD PRODUCTIONS is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, the Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA) and the International Documentary Association.
FRANCES McELROY, the founder and Executive Director of Shirley Road Productions, has produced and directed a wide range of award-winning documentaries, as well as educational and cultural videos for non-profit organizations. Before becoming independent in 1991, she worked for ten years at WHYY (PBS Philadelphia) as Director of Program Development and as an Emmy award-winning producer. Her public television program credits range from live public hearings and studio talk programs, to documentaries - including PHILADELPHIA'S ED BACON, about the renowned city planner which was narrated by journalist Cokie Roberts, and WHO IS RED GROOMS, about the popular American artist. From June 1995 to mid-1996, she was Acting General Manager of Philadelphia's WYBE-TV. Later, she was programming and production consultant, executive producer of local production and executive producer of THROUGH THE LENS, an award-winning, curated series of independent film and video works.
In 1987/1988, Frances directed the international public television INPUT conference which was hosted by WHYY, the Annenberg School of Communications, Temple University's Radio, Television and Film Department, and the Neighborhood Film and Video Project of the International House of Philadelphia. She has served on the INPUT American program selection committee, as a judge for the "Set in Philadelphia" Screenwriting Competition, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting proposal reviewer, a reader for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Screenwriting Fellowship, and an evaluator for the ITVS Digital 99 and LINCS initiatives. She has taught at the Scribe Video Center and was a founding Board Member of the Philadelphia Independent Film & Video Association (PIFVA). She is Vice President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society.
Frances received a 2009 Pew Fellowship in the Arts and a 2010 Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. Among her other awards are a Window of Opportunity Award from Leeway and an artist's residency to attend the 40th Annual Robert Flaherty Seminar. Her B.A. in history/political science is from Rosemont College.
Shirley Road Productions - Board of Directors
Frances McElroy, Executive Director
M. Linda Burke, M.D., Chair
Shirley Road Productions