African American producer debuts documentary film about 1979 Middle East Peace Treaty

 “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace,” A Look Back and Behind the Scenes of the Greatest 20th Century Diplomatic Achievement – the Camp David Peace Treaty. Featuring Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Wolf Blitzer, Anwar El-Sadat, and Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

Producer Matthew Tollin

Los Angeles, CA ( – As a former executive board member of the NAACP and an alumnus of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Producer Matthew Tollin’s foray to the big screen is sure to make an indelible impression. His first feature film production credit, “Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” is the true story of the men who brought an unprecedented period of peace to the Middle East.

For the first time ever, this documentary takes the audience behind the public veil created by a first-of-its-kind White House issued media blackout on the events. Behind the press conferences and into the smoke-filled backroom corridors of power during one of the world’s greatest historical moments: the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord and Treaty between Egypt and Israel. For one brief moment in time, Arab and Jew put their differences aside and embraced peace.

“I am very excited about the Los Angeles debut of ‘Back Door Channels’,” says Matthew Tollin. “It is important for us to be able to share this story so everyone can understand what has happened in the Middle East and what tomorrow may bring.”

In its review of the film, Variety called “Back Door Channels” “riveting” and “enthralling.” The film was produced by Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson and directed by multi-Emmy award-winning director Harry Hunkele. The film is being released by Fisher Klingenstein Films.

Billionaire businessman Leon Charney, featured in the film as a “back channel” says, “The most important thing you can do in the world today is create peace in the Middle East and that opportunity is on the table for the first real time in 30 years. It would be a travesty to miss it.”

“Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace” opened theatrically in New York City on September 16th at the Quad Theater, and will open at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills and other theaters in Los Angeles on October 14th. For more information visit

About Matthew Tollin

Matthew Tollin is a principal of Channel Productions and a resident producer for its film arm, Channel Production Films. As an experienced media executive with an extensive private entertainment law practice, he has advised established entertainment professionals, notably the producing/songwriting team Ashford and Simpson. In 2005, Matthew Tollin was handpicked for NYC TV by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and helped lead the transformation of the station into NYC Media Group. He served as the general counsel of the Group and the general manager of the group’s radio holdings, 91.5FM Radio New York. During his tenure, the network garnered a record 160 Emmy nominations and 48 Emmy Awards, of which Mr. Tollin received 2 Emmys and 3 Tellys personally. Additionally, Mr. Tollin’s group oversaw the quintupling of the Media Group’s revenues and 10x audience growth at the radio station. Mr. Tollin was also an adjunct professor at The City College of New York, where he taught “Introduction to the Law: Legal Reasoning and Philosophy.”

About Executive Program Services (EPS)

Executive Program Services, Inc. (EPS) is a distributor of high quality programming to all public television stations in the United States. Founded by two former PBS programming executives, Alan Foster and Dick Hanratty, EPS has become, to those stations, a trusted source of programs for the past ten years. EPS distributes approximately 250 hours of programming each year. EPS is a Virginia corporation with a West Coast office near Seattle.

About Fisher Klingenstein Films

Fisher Klingenstein Films is a new film acquisition and distribution company led by veteran producer/financiers Danny Fisher, Jack Fisher and Alan Klingenstein. The company has been actively acquiring films and television series for distribution in all media. Danny and Jack Fisher were the founders of noted film and television company City Lights Media. Alan Klingenstein, formerly head of Filbert Steps, has produced award-winning films such as the acclaimed “Trumbo.”

About Channel Production Films

Channel Production Films is an independent production company, founded by the Emmy® award-winning team-Matthew Tollin and Arick Wierson-that built NYC Media Group in New York for Michael Bloomberg, leading it to a record 160 Emmy® nominations and 42 Emmy awards in six years. The company is centered on the documentary film and television space and focuses on poignant and impactful stories of people and events, which have far-reaching, global repercussions yet relay an intimate human dimension.