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Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes Online Screening & Chat

Tuesday, Oct 15  |  8:30pm ET Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes OVEE online screening and chat This Tuesday, October 15 at 8:30pm, ITVS presents an online screening and live discussion about the Independent Lens film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, with director Byron Hurt, Columbia University’s Dr. Chris Emdin, and ManUp Campaign‘s Executive Director Jimmie Briggs. Simultaneously, the screening will be … READ MORE

American Graduate Shorts: Can’t Hold Me Back

Our “mini-festival” of American Graduate shorts continues with Can’t Hold Me Back, directed by Betty Bastidas and Madeleine Bair. Detroit teen Fernando Parraz, an accomplished rapper and budding filmmaker, aims to become the first in his family to earn a high school diploma — his ticket out of the struggles of inner-city poverty and violence. He … READ MORE

American Graduate Short Films: Baby Mama High

It’s a startling statistic: 52% of American Latina girls get pregnant in their teens; more than half of those in high school never graduate. Heather Ross’s short documentary Baby Mama High looks at this issue from the perspective of an Escondido, CA, teenager. It’s the last few weeks of high school for Yessenia, a soft-spoken senior with … READ MORE

Don’t Stop OVEE-ing: Online Screening of Everyman’s Journey

Few bands hold the same iconic stature in American music lore as Journey. Decades of chart-topping hits and performances played on stages across the world. Following on the heels of last night’s Independent Lens broadcast premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey on PBS, the iconic American band is being showcased tonight on a new type of … READ MORE

The New Community Cinema Goes Bilingual and Digital

Guest post by Renee Gasch, National Community Engagement Manager for ITVS & Independent Lens Nine years ago, a dear colleague in Boise, Idaho planted the seed for Community Cinema. Lynn Allen, a longtime public media maven, had been hosting a regular series of documentary film screenings and discussions in Boise; they were well attended and the … READ MORE

Throwback Thursday: “Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes” Free Online

As part of Independent Lens‘s Throwback Thursdays series, and in honor of the 40th anniversary of hip-hop music, we’re offering the documentary Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes to watch online for free on PBS.org. The film will be available for one week, until August 14th, so take advantage while you can. Byron Hunt’s film drew acclaim for … READ MORE

Feed Your Synapses with Independent Lens to Go

Are you desperately in need of brain food this summer, when the primetime lineup leans toward Who Wants to be a National Laughingstock? and Are You Smarter Than a Single-Celled Organism? Well, even though the Independent Lens season premiere is still a few months away, we put together this handy guide of recent IL shows … READ MORE