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From the Archive: Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Talks Motion Picture Making

In memory of Vilmos Zsigmond, the legendary cinematographer who died New Years Day, we reached into the Independent Lens archive for an interview Mr. Zsigmond gave us in June 2010 on the premiere of the documentary about Vilmos and his Hungarian compatriot and colleague, Laszlo Kovacs, No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos. Read on for a glimpse of … READ MORE

Diversity in TV: Lives Worth Living Screening, Panel at the Home of Emmys

Earlier this season we aired the documentary Lives Worth Living about one of the most significant and least recognized civil rights movements in American history: the struggle for access and equality for the disabled. Tomorrow that film will be screened at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, followed by a live webcast panel discussion. … READ MORE

A Love Letter to Celluloid Penned by Two Doc Makers

Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton are co-founders of Gravitas Docufilms in California, and the producers of These Amazing Shadows, which made its debut on Independent Lens on Dec. 29, 2011 (check local listings). Their film is a departure for both men, who have worked together on mitigation videos in death penalty cases, and usually work … READ MORE

Hollywood Multitasker Tamra Davis Remembers Her Friend, Jean-Michel Basquiat

Director Tamra Davis is hardly an “outsider artist.” She is a well-known Hollywood director of music videos (with Sonic Youth, Hanson, Depeche Mode, Cher, and many more), feature films (including Billy Madison, Half Baked, and Crossroads with Britney Spears), and television series (My Name is Earl, Everybody Hates Chris, and Ugly Betty, among others). She … READ MORE

Neil Diamond Reflects on Making Reel Injun

Tomorrow is the premiere of Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. We caught up with filmmaker Neil Diamond to talk about the film and his motivations. Catch the film tomorrow, Nov. 2, at 10 PM on Independent Lens (check local listings). What impact do you hope this film will have? I hope … READ MORE