Author Archives: Brooke Shelby Biggs

Academy Award-Winner Alex Gibney’s Tale of Two Cities in One

We sat down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, director of Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, to talk about what motivated him to make this film. The documentary is part of Why Poverty? and premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, November 12 at … Continue reading

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The Making of Solar Mamas

We sat down with Mette Heide, producer of Solar Mamas, to talk about why she and her filmmaking team chose this story, and what inspired them along the way. The film is part of Why Poverty? and Women and Girls … Continue reading

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Macky Alston on Bishop Gene Robinson, LGBT Rights, and Making His Film, Love Free or Die

Macky Alston (Hard Road Home) returns to Independent Lens this season with his new film Love Free or Die. We sat down to discuss the genesis of his latest work and the very personal angle from which he chose and … Continue reading

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Monday Just Got Real on PBS — Set Your DVR or Alarm Clock!

At long last, the 11th season of Independent Lens is here! With it comes our new timeslot, Mondays at 10 PM on PBS. For most of you, that means we follow Antiques Roadshow at 8 PM, and the new series … Continue reading

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Reel Treasures: Lichtenstein on Altman, Stoney, & Wiseman

Welcome to a brand-new, extra spicy blog series! Since we’ve moved to Monday nights, and are sharing primetime with Antiques Roadshow and Market Warriors, we’ve started thinking about all of the priceless gems all around on our show. We uncover beautiful … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Janesville’s Industrial Rollercoaster, 1849-2008

As we witness in As Goes Janesville, when the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin closed for good in 2008, the town found itself in the midst of an identity crisis. Of course, Janesville is not entirely exceptional in this … Continue reading

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The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact … Continue reading

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Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do it, select any of our activities going on this week … Continue reading

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Half the Sky: Addressing Maternal Mortality

In many developing countries, pregnancy may as well be considered a death sentence. With the premiere of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide just a week away, we felt it was the perfect time to provide … Continue reading

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#TGIM! Indie Lens Fans Generate EPIC Monday Music Playlist

We asked you for your favorite Monday music jams, and boy, did you come through! Turns out your tastes run from Wilco to NOFX, with some Mamas & the Papas and Bobby “Blue” Bland thrown in for good measure. Rock … Continue reading

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