Independent Lens presents the premiere online of In the Shadow of Ebola [watch now], a gripping short film set around the height of the Ebola crisis, but told from a highly personal point of view. The documentary by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel is the story of Emmanuel Urey, a Liberian going to school in Wisconsin but who was …
Our friends at POV are ready to grab the baton for thought-provoking docs airing Mondays on PBS, with a new slate of films about extraordinarily strong and determined individuals. The 28th season of POV begins this coming Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS and continues through the fall. (Independent Lens will then be …
Fourteen years in the making, Limited Partnership became a labor of love for filmmakers Tom Miller and Kirk Marcolina. Here the pair discuss the film’s resonance as both a work of marriage equality advocacy and the celebration of a moving love story.
Forty years after lighting the fuse on the same-sex marriage debate, and with the Supreme Court expected to make a decision on nationwide same-sex marriage any day now, former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex joins Tony Sullivan to discuss the impact of their brave action all those years ago.
Watch this exclusive video chat with Laura Poitras (who won an Oscar for her documentary CitizenFour), journalist Betty Medsger and filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, talking about 1971, Edward Snowden, and protecting anonymous sources.
Filmmaker Johanna Hamilton talks to us about how she approached telling the 1971 story on film, the most surprising revelations from it, and its resonance with the more recent Wikileaks and Edward Snowden stories.
Critic Noel Murray writes about docs and features — from Chicago 10 to Night Moves — centering around American activists and radicals who’ve defied the status quos, sometimes questionably, and sometimes in ways that today seem more noble than dangerous.
Test your knowledge about all the things that were happening in America in the year 1971, from politics to music, movies to sports. The more far out your score the more groovy you are, man.
In her new film Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, NYC-based filmmaker Catherine Gund found one of the more dynamic artistic minds in a city not lacking for creativity. Gund recently spoke to us about what it was like to capture Elizabeth Streb, “the Evel Knievel of dance,” on film.
One has to be a tough cookie inside and out to brave Elizabeth Streb’s challenging and risky POPACTION choreography. Two of the players featured in Born to Fly took a time out from running, dancing, ducking, falling, and spinning to talk to us about life in this unusual dance company.
Elizabeth Streb’s POPACTION pushes her performers to their athletic limits, and it got us wondering: what other forms of extreme performance art are out there? Not surprisingly, the human mind is capable of journeying to some quite intense places. Here are but a few.
The filmmakers behind Kumu Hina speak about their hope that the story of a mahu (transgender) Hawaiian teacher inspires inclusiveness and respect for Hawaiian culture.