Glen J. Pearcy, 71, a filmmaker whose production company created documentaries on social justice issues for PBS and other networks, and who directed the Oscar-nominated 1975 documentary “Fighting for Our Lives,” about Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, died May 31 at his home in Barnesville, Md. The cause was bile duct cancer, said his wife, Susan Pearcy.
Mr. Pearcy was born in Queens and grew up in St. Louis. He photographed the civil rights movement in the South, first as a photographer for the Harvard Crimson, and then as a volunteer with the Southwest Georgia Project, an economic development organization. His photographs from the period are archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
Mr. Pearcy volunteered with the United Farm Workers at its headquarters in Keene, Calif., in the early 1970s before making his documentary about the striking grape workers. He was media director at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 1979 until 1981, when he left to found Glen Pearcy Productions. An ordained minister, he volunteered at the United Church of Christ of Seneca Valley in Germantown, Md.