Category Archives: Interview

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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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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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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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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Kelby Speaks Out on Bullying

By Craig Phillips Kelby Johnson was one of several students featured in Lee Hirsch’s powerful film Bully, which has its television premiere on Independent Lens tonight, Monday October 13 at 10pm [check local listings]. After coming out as a lesbian as a teenager, Kelby … Continue reading

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From RealScreen: Archive masterclass on making “Let the Fire Burn”

Super piece by Adam Benzine on Let the Fire Burn‘s extensive, exhaustive archival process, with insight from filmmaker Jason Osder: “Archive masterclass: Making Let the Fire Burn‘.”  The film had its television premiere on Independent Lens in May.

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The New Black: Yoruba Richen Expands the Conversation on Marriage Equality

Yoruba Richen brings to her films a diverse perspective coming from a multifaceted background, all of which came into play when making her new documentary The New Black. The film has the honor of concluding Independent Lens’s 2013-2014 season with … Continue reading

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Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams on God Loves Uganda

Roger Ross Williams won an Academy Award for his short documentary Music by Prudence, which told the moving story of 21-year-old Zimbabwean singer-songwriter Prudence Mabhena, who was born severely disabled and has struggled to overcome poverty and discrimination. For his first feature-length documentary God … Continue reading

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Jason Osder Explores an American Tragedy in Let the Fire Burn

Let the Fire Burn, which won Best Editing in a Documentary Feature and nabbed Jason Osder Best New Documentary Director at the Tribeca Film Festival, manages to tell the supremely tense and tragic story of the longtime feud between the city of Philadelphia and controversial radical … Continue reading

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Filmmaker Samantha Grant on the Saga of Jayson Blair

“a remarkable film for its probing, its wealth of detail and testimony—remarkable above all, perhaps, in the clinical picture of its subject”  — Wall Street Journal In A Fragile Trust, Samantha Grant explores one of the most infamous scandals in recent media … Continue reading

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