Category Archives: Feel-Good Documentaries

Update on Rocky Braat

Those (many) of you who watched Steve Hoover’s documentary Blood Brother on Independent Lens are no doubt curious as to what the film’s central character (and what a character) Rocky Braat is up to these days. Well, we reached out … Continue reading

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American Graduate Shorts: Skipping Up

Last, but certainly not least, in our mini-festival of American Graduate short films, is Skipping Up, directed by Jim Mendiola and Faith Radle. Set primarily in Mark Twain Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, Skipping Up follows a group of eighth … Continue reading

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American Graduate Shorts: Immigrant High

Our American Graduate short film festival continues with Immigrant High, a film by Xochitl Dorsey. [Go here for more on the American Graduate films.] Immigrant teens find face discrimination, language barriers, unfamiliar cultural traditions — while dealing with the changes all … Continue reading

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American Graduate Shorts: Can’t Hold Me Back

Our “mini-festival” of American Graduate shorts continues with Can’t Hold Me Back, directed by Betty Bastidas and Madeleine Bair. Detroit teen Fernando Parraz, an accomplished rapper and budding filmmaker, aims to become the first in his family to earn a high … Continue reading

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Don’t Stop Believin’: The Filmmaker’s Journey

Filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz has focused on the Philippines in her previous acclaimed work: Imelda portrayed deposed Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos, a woman as famous for her humongous shoes collection as for her abuses of power; and powerful early … Continue reading

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What’s YOUR Superpower?

We’re all Wonder Women (or Men) inside, each with our own superpower. But sometimes, we daydream about being more than just a super-dad, super-banjo-strummer, or super-feminist. We want to levitate! Get the bad guys! Or maybe just become invisible to … Continue reading

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Categorize Artist Wayne White? Don’t Even Try

In the world of art, if you’ve met with success by wielding a paintbrush or a camera or a microphone or a sculpting knife, it’s easy to hang onto that tool and become best known in its genre. Sure you … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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