SEED: The Untold Story – Botanical Explorer Joe – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film SEED: The Untold Story, we meet seed-obsessed botanical explorer Joseph Simcox, who has loved learning about plants and seeds since a very young age. With his brother Patrick, he shows us rare and precious seeds they’ve collected from all over. “My seeds are my way of sharing … READ MORE

SEED: The Untold Story – Seeds Are Magic – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film SEED: The Untold Story, famed scientist Jane Goodall talks about how seeds work and spread is nothing short of magic. With animation and time-lapse photography we see the magic in the way they are brought to life after hitching a ride with an animal or being digested … READ MORE

SEED: The Untold Story – Trailer

Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, but in the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers intent on protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. More than a cautionary tale of “man against … READ MORE

Newtown – “We Don’t Have a Teacher” – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film Newtown, Gene Rosen, a neighbor of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, recalls his experience in 2012 finding two boys on his lawn who escaped the shooting at their school and were breathlessly in a quiet state of abject fear and terror after they had lost … READ MORE

The Bad Kids – Breaking the Cycle – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film The Bad Kids, students at Black Rock Continuation High explore feelings they’ve had when in a romantic relationship. Some describe their relationships as “horrible,” or even lonely. But because they’ve gone through so much so young, others feel they’ve become better people, learned from both their own … READ MORE

The Bad Kids – Black Rock School’s 29th Graduate – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film The Bad Kids, we glimpse a few moments that make hardworking Black Rock Continuation High School principal Vonda Viland’s job worth it: Kayla becomes the school’s 29th graduate of the year (honored with an announcement over the PA and a “Pomp & Circumstance” march down the halls), … READ MORE

The Bad Kids – Principal Viland Goes the Extra Mile – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film The Bad Kids, Black Rock Continuation High School principal Vonda Viland goes the extra mile (or many miles) to drive to pick up missing student Lee. Lee was stuck at home after his mom and stepdad threatened to kick him out by the next month because Lee … READ MORE

Newtown – Trailer

On December 14, 2012, a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Filmed over the course of nearly three years, Kim A. Snyder’s searing documentary Newtown uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to tell the story of … READ MORE

Ovarian Psycos – East L.A. & Chicano Civil Rights – Clip

In this excerpt from Independent Lens documentary Ovarian Psycos, Andi Xoch, one of the members of the Ovas bike brigade, talks about growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, where Mexican culture was everywhere. This was the birthplace of the Chicano civil rights movement, in which women … READ MORE

Ovarian Psycos – Returning to Childhood Home of Abuse – Clip

In this excerpt from Independent Lens documentary Ovarian Psycos, Xela de la X, founder of the Ovarian Psycos (a.k.a., Ovas) bicycling brigade, returns to her childhood home in Los Angeles, a place of many painful memories of abuse. Xela was the only girl in a home full of boys in what she points out was … READ MORE