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Debra Granik Goes Back to Missouri for Stray Dog

Filmmaker Debra Granik helped bring actresses Vera Farmiga and Jennifer Lawrence much-deserved fame with her two acclaimed feature films Down to the Bone and Winter’s Bone, respectively. Winter’s Bone in particular, which was nominated for four Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay, made Granik herself a hot name in the film world — a world in need of … READ MORE

Independent Lens Short Documentary Nominated for Emmy

The Independent Lens short film As I Am, which was broadcast with the documentary The House I Live In, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category “New Approaches: Documentaries.” The short is part of the series “Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn’t See,” by filmmaker Alan Spearman [read a Q&A with the filmmaker here.] It was chosen … READ MORE

Ten Documentaries about Poverty and Power

The current economy has given us an occasion to wonder how attainable the American dream is. If you start with nothing, can you actually pull yourself up by the bootstraps, Horatio-Alger style? Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (premiering Nov. 12 on Independent Lens) poses this question by examining two neighborhoods through which … 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