Author Archives: Craig Phillips

About Craig Phillips

ITVS Interactive Editor, based in San Francisco.

Can We Find Happiness When Tech-Free?

By Craig Phillips Watching Thomas Balmes‘s Happiness, which premieres tonight on Independent Lens [check local listings], will leave one with a bittersweet feeling about technology. Most of us in the United States have a love-hate (admit it, mostly love-love) relationship with … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of “Happiness,” a Filmmaker Goes to Bhutan

Filmmaker Thomas Balmès is no stranger to trotting the globe in search of human stories, in films including Bosnia Hotel and The Gospel According to the Papuans, and most famously capturing the stories of several photogenic infants in San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia, and Namibia … Continue reading

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5 Independent Lens Films for Veteran’s Day

In honor of our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of a few Independent Lens films that centered around American soldiers. While the day was initially intended to honor soldiers who fought in WWI (timed with the 11th … Continue reading

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From an Electrician “Robin Hood” to Real-Life “MacGyvers”

By Kirk Vader There are many memorable characters in Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa’s Powerless [which premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 10pm; check local listings] but only one star, the man who generates cries throughout the streets of Kanpur: … Continue reading

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Powerless Filmmakers Capture India’s Shocking Energy Crisis

Powerless is the story of Kanpur, an industrial city in northern India, crumbling under the lack of infrastructure. Filmmaker Fahad Mustafa was born in Kanpur, and partnered with filmmaker Deepti Kakkar, found an opportunity to return to the city of … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Nabs IDA Award Nom; Evolution of a Criminal Filmmaker Wins IDA’s Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

Congratulations to all the outstanding films nominated for this year’s International Documentary Association Awards, and for the five documentary television series nominated for Best Curated Series, let’s all give ourselves a round of applause: Best Curated Series nominees include @AmExperiencePBS … Continue reading

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Is Time Itself Brakeless?

The Nature of Time “I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the … Continue reading

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Brakeless Filmmaker Explores the Dangers of Time-Obsession

Filmmaker Kyoko Miyake was born and raised in Japan, though she has lived in the UK for the last 12 years, in addition to a year-long stint in Paris. So she’s lived in multiple places where trains and public transportation are an … Continue reading

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Update on the Twin Sisters from the California Mom

We have an exclusive update on the two twin girls featured in Twin Sisters (the film by Mona Friis Bertheussen premieres on PBS tonight, Monday, October 20, at 10 pm; check local listings), from someone who would know: the mother … Continue reading

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From Norway to California: Twin Sisters Filmmaker Captures Sibling Bond

Making its American television premiere on Independent Lens on PBS this Monday, October 20 [check local listings], Twin Sisters tells the story of the remarkable journey of identical twins, adopted by families from opposite ends of the world who discover their daughters are … Continue reading

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