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Evolution of TV Political Pundits: The Legacy of Buckley and Vidal

As depicted in Best of Enemies, bitter intellectual rivals Willam F. Buckley and Gore Vidal eviscerating each other with wit on network TV in 1968 made for riveting, and sometimes jaw-dropping, television. It also laid the groundwork for the ignominious future of the TV political pundits, a species of media figure Best of Enemies filmmaker Morgan Neville accuses … READ MORE

Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon Peel the Layers of Buckley and Vidal

It’s not often you’ll find a documentary filmmaking team who combined have won an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Grammy, but the multi-faceted duo of Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon have done just that. Neville’s 20 Feet from Stardom won the Oscar for Best Documentary and Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues took an Emmy; Gordon’s album notes for Keep an Eye on the Sky, … READ MORE

Zimbabwe Constitution Update: Still In Flux

The film Democrats, which premieres on Independent Lens on PBS Monday, April 18 [check local listings], traces the challenges and tensions that arose in Zimbabwe over the attempt to charter a new national constitution. While that African nation had a constitution before, this new document was to usher the country into a new, more democratic era. … READ MORE

Camilla Nielsson Gets Unprecedented Access to a Constitution in the Making

Filmmaker Camilla Nielsson is based in Denmark but works all over the globe. Her previous films were set in Afghanistan, Mumbai, and Darfur. Then she turned her attention to Zimbabwe to capture an important and tumultuous period in its political history for her film, Democrats, which won Best Documentary Feature at Tribeca Film Festival and Best Director at One World Human Rights Film Festival, among numerous other … READ MORE

Academy Award-Winner Alex Gibney’s Tale of Two Cities in One

We sat down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, director of Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, to talk about what motivated him to make this film. The documentary is part of Why Poverty? and premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, November 12 at 10 PM (check local listings). What led you to make this film? I am furious … READ MORE

The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens. Get updates on the people in the film, find out why Paul Ryan is on the cutting room floor, and consider a cocktail of scotch and Arby’s milkshake.

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