Author Archives: Craig Phillips

About Craig Phillips

ITVS/Independent Lens Interactive Editor and film nerd, based in San Francisco.

Going Deeper into the Deepwater Horizon Rig

This coming Monday, April 20, marks the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the oil industry. The Great Invisible, Margaret Brown’s film premiering on Independent Lens on PBS Monday … Continue reading

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The Homestretch: Kasey Checks In (video)

Kasey, one of three teens portrayed in The Homestretch who are striving to make a better future for themselves, checked in just today to give us all an update on how she’s doing. After you watch the film, which premieres … Continue reading

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Going into The Homestretch: Kirsten Kelly and Anne de Mare Find Hope in Chicago

Filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly’s previous collaboration, Asparagus! Stalking the American Life, about Oceana County, Michigan where Kelly is from, was called “a charmer” by the Kansas City Star. For their new film, the pair went into more urban … Continue reading

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Homeless but Not Hopeless: Homeless Youth in America

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and the numbers aren’t pretty. One in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the US, according to a study by the National Center on … Continue reading

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Little Hope Was Arson: A Letter from a Texas Jail

Spoiler Alert: If you’d rather wait to learn more about the procedural around the arson cases explored in Little Hope Was Arson, we recommend saving this piece for right after you watch the film, which premieres tonight, Monday, April 6 on Independent Lens at 10pm (check local listings). … Continue reading

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Theo Love Finds Hope in Little Hope Was Arson

Theo Love’s documentary Little Hope Was Arson, which premieres on Independent Lens on PBS Monday night April 6 at 10pm (check local listings), explores a chilling series of connected arson fires set in East Texas in 2010, all involving churches, and … Continue reading

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How Arson Investigation Has Changed

Theo Love’s film Little Hope Was Arson explores a linked series of suspicious fires set in East Texas in 2010. In the “buckle of the Bible Belt,” ten churches burned to the ground in just over a month, igniting the … Continue reading

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Little White Lie: Lacey Schwartz Uproots Her Family Tree

As a girl, Lacey Schwartz grew up wondering why she had darker skin, which became a source of embarrassment for her and eventually led her to question everything. Little White Lie is the filmmaker’s personal journey through a lifelong legacy of … Continue reading

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with These Docs

March is Women’s History Month, and, like a lot of people, of course, I feel like women should be honored and celebrated every day of the year, but the idea behind an official month is to, as stated on the Library … Continue reading

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Island President Update: Former Maldives President Arrested

On Sunday (February 22), former president Mohamed Nasheed was arrested in the Maldives, refused bail by the court, and faces 10-15 years in prison. Since his arrest he was reportedly injured by the police and denied legal representation. He was brought into … Continue reading

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