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All posts by Maria Goodavage

Behind the Scenes at the Oscars with Lois Vossen

  Our film The Invisible War may not have scored Oscar gold last night, but we are so proud it came so close. Our very own Lois Vossen, Independent Lens senior series producer, was on the scene, and provided us with some great “insider” photos. We’ll intersperse them with her comments about the film. Consider … READ MORE

Celebrate Black History Month With Us!

It’s February, and have we got some great ways to celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy these fascinating films and exciting educational resources all month long. Watch Spotlight on Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young, Jr. on PBS. See more from Independent Lens. Catch our premiere broadcast about a forgotten civil rights hero Civil rights leader Whitney … READ MORE

Hundreds of Voucher Schools Teach Creationism in Science Classes

Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University and a science education advocate, learned about the Independent Lens film The Revisionaries and contacted us. Kopplin, a winner of the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Education, has done some intensive research with MSNBC that reveals the extent of public school money going to fund education at … READ MORE

Filmmaker Scott Thurman on the Texas Textbook Wars

We sat down with filmmaker Scott Thurman to discuss what went on behind the scenes of his documentary, The Revisionaries, which chronicles the oft-rancorous battle over Texas textbooks. The Revisionaries premieres on Independent Lens January 28 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact do you hope the film will have? I hope people pay more attention … READ MORE

We’re Having Fun Behind the Scenes at Sundance

Can’t make it to Sundance Film Festival this year? Neither could some of us at the office, and at least a few other people in the world. But tens of thousands of others have descended on the festival, and our very own crack(pot) reporter Steve Goldbloom is right in the thick of the crowd. Check … READ MORE

Artist Wayne White’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

Artist Wayne White, who will be featured on the Independent Lens film Beauty is Embarrassing, is beloved in the fine arts world for his “word paintings.” He buys big landscape paintings at flea markets and transforms them into unique works of art by painting block-letter phrases and words across them. You can see a few … READ MORE

Healthy Soul Food Recipe Contest Winner!

Byron Hurt’s wonderful film Soul Food Junkies aired on Monday, and it was a big hit. We’ve heard from viewers around the world about how inspiring it was, and how they’ll be looking at making some changes in their diets. Just in time for people wanting to improve their health, we have a bunch of … READ MORE

Be a Great Artist! Or Just Vaguely Resemble One…

I don’t know about you, but my talents do not lie in the visual arts. Stick figures run away screaming when they see me coming. So it was with great happiness that I discovered that the artist featured in the upcoming Independent Lens broadcast, Beauty is Embarrassing (10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, check local listings), … READ MORE