What Returning Soldiers Have in Common With AIDS in the 1980s

Yes it sounds like an outrageous nonsequitur, but bear with it. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow’s new book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power includes a passage in the epilogue that makes the parallel. In the book, Maddow makes the case that the military has become so isolated from the democratic process that Americans no … READ MORE

Meet Septentrional — Video Interview with the Band

We caught up with filmmaker Whitney Dow and some members of Septentrional while they were in New York this week. The band is on a mini-tour in New York, playing at the Maranatha Auditorium in Queens on Friday, at the Aroma Lounge in Elizabeth, N.J., on Saturday, and at the Vault Cafe, in Elmont, N.Y., … READ MORE

A Filmmaker on a Mission to Make an Uplifting Film About Haiti

Director Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jasper) set out to make a film about Haiti that was not all about poverty, tragedy, or corruption, which is generally how Haiti is portrayed from the outside. In making When the Drum is Beating — about Septentrional, a band that has persevered and flourished in Haiti for 65 … READ MORE

Playlist: Listen to a Sampling of Popular Haitian Music

“Septentrional is the Buena Vista Social Club of Haiti.” We keep hearing this comparison as we prepare for the premiere of When the Drum is Beating, premiering April 12, 2012 at 10 PM on Independent Lens (check your local listings). While it’s true that both bands are the musical identity of a country for some … READ MORE

The Making of Being Elmo, with Director Constance Marks

Being Elmo director Constance Marks began her filmmaking career over 30 years ago as an assistant editor for the renowned cinema verite pioneers David and Albert Maysles. For Being Elmo, she partnered with her cameraman husband James Miller and childhood friend Corrine LaPook to take a close look at Kevin Clash, the man behind (and … READ MORE

Kevin Clash and Elmo Video Hits Pt. 2

Tonight at 9pm, tune in for Being Elmo on your local PBS station! Until then, you might need a fix, so we’re here for you. Of course, Elmo is a television star, so between his work on Sesame Street and his frequent appearances on television talk shows (sometimes with Kevin Clash!), there is a lot … READ MORE

Grab a Bagel, Watch a Movie, Discuss Alzheimer’s With the Experts

Please join us this Sunday, April 1, at 10 PM PT/1 PM ET for a very special brunchtime online screening of the film You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t. This remarkable film looks at Alzheimer’s disease through the eyes of a patient — the funny, feisty, groovy, and poetic Lee … READ MORE

The Inner Pulse of Alzheimer’s

This week’s premiere of Scott Kirschenbaum’s You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t has prompted an outpouring of stories from our viewers about the devastating disease. We caught up with the composer of the film’s score, Nadia Shihab, to find out how she approached putting the story to music. Her violin-based … READ MORE

Alzheimer’s Stories: Going for Miles

The premiere of  You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t is tonight, March 29 (check local listings). This week, we’re presenting stories about Alzheimer’s from our staff, friends, and viewers. Today we bring you a story from our associate director of engagement and education. Going for Miles by Duong-Chi Do It’s been a … READ MORE

Alzheimer’s Stories: Hello, Goodbye

The premiere of  You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t is this Thursday, March 29 (check local listings). This week, we’re presenting stories about Alzheimer’s from our staff, friends, and viewers. Today we bring you a story from our managing editor. Hello, Goodbye by Brooke Shelby Biggs I started saying goodbye to … READ MORE

Making a Film About Alzheimer’s From the Patient’s P.O.V.

This week’s film, You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t, premieres Thursday, March 29 at 10 PM (check local listings). The film, by director Scott Kirschenbaum, is a portrait of Lee Gorewitz, a resident in the Alzheimer’s ward at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California. What is striking … READ MORE