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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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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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Freddy Camalier Finds FAME at Muscle Shoals

“Only the genre’s most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished…Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s documentary tells an extraordinary story.”  — NPR‘s Mark Jenkins Muscle Shoals, which has its broadcast television premiere on PBS tonight on Independent … Continue reading

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How Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart Found Medora

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-raised Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart have worn a lot of creative hats. Rothbart created the eclectic, cult magazine Found, has contributed to NPR’s This American Life, written for The New Yorker, Grantland, The New York Times, GQ and … Continue reading

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Spies of Mississippi: Filmmaker Dawn Porter Tells Shocking Story

Dawn Porter’s first feature documentary, Gideon’s Army, had an eye toward the future in telling the story of young public defenders fighting for justice. The film brought her a great deal of acclaim as well as exposure at prestigious festivals like … Continue reading

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Filmmakers Explore The State of Arizona

Doing a fair-minded film about an issue as contentious as U.S. immigration policy is no easy task, but filmmakers Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval aren’t strangers to dealing with some of the more painful aspects of immigration. Their previous film … Continue reading

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Blood Brother Filmmakers Chat About Personal Journey to India

If ever a project was a “labor of love,” it’d be Steve Hoover’s documentary Blood Brother, which is about the journey his friend Rocky Braat took, both literally and spiritually. The film explores Braat’s travels to India, where he ended up … Continue reading

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How to Survive a Plague: Q&A with David France

“The 2nd best film of the year” – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe Top Ten Movies of 2012. “It’s hard to overstate how ingenious France’s formal choices are…The material has been shaped in an artful manner that devastates, rouses, and shames.” “Riveting…moving … Continue reading

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Playwright: Q&A with Filmmaker Robert Levi

Robert Levi, whose previous film, the award-winning Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, aired on Independent Lens in 2007, is back with another film about artistic integrity, but this time in the world of theater. Playwright: From Page to Stage, which premieres … Continue reading

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