Returning to Kitty’s Murder Scene

In this excerpt from Independent Lens documentary The Witness, Bill Genovese, whose sister Kitty Genovese was murdered in Queens, New York in a notorious 1964 case that became front page news, returns to scene of the crime with Charlie Skoller, the prosecutor in Kitty’s trial. In a peaceful residential neighborhood, Skoller describes the brutality of … READ MORE

A Collection of Robes

In this excerpt from Independent Lens documentary Accidental Courtesy, musician Daryl Davis reveals his shocking hobby: collecting robes and hoods of former Klan members, including those who were Grand Dragons and Imperial Wizards (the top ranking member) in the KKK. Davis says as shameful as they may be, he keeps these garments because they’re a … READ MORE

What Was Ours

A tribal elder and Vietnam vet, who hasn’t left the Wind River Indian Reservation in over 40 years, visits the underground archives of Chicago’s Field Museum with two young Arapaho to explore ancestral objects kept in boxes for many years. Together they try to learn how these artifacts vanished from their tribe in the first … READ MORE

TOWER Trailer

Combining archival footage with rotoscopic animation in a dynamic, never-before-seen way, TOWER reveals the action-packed, untold stories of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors of America’s first mass school shooting, at the University of Texas, 1966, when the worst in one man brought out the best in so many others.

Artifacts at the Field Museum

In this excerpt from What Was Ours, members of Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation’s Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribes visit Chicago’s Field Museum to see firsthand some of the boxed-away artifacts long ago taken from their tribes. A lot of these objects were purchased for the museum by a curator, sold by Native Americans desperate … READ MORE

Museum Casino Controversy

This excerpt from What Was Ours shows a debate on the Wind River reservation over bringing Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone artifacts home for a museum to be housed inside a local casino. While an Arapaho journalist tries to get the museum established, religious and tribal elders worry about ethical and moral implications of it … READ MORE

The Bad Kids

Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have little hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance. But tireless Principal … READ MORE

Free Breakfast Program

This excerpt from The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution reveals a less heralded side of the Black Panther Party. After reading studies on how children who didn’t get breakfast fared poorly in school, the Panthers started a free breakfast program that served 20,000 meals a week to black schoolchildren in 19 different communities.

East of Salinas

East of Salinas: Born in Mexico but living in Salinas, California, 3rd-grader Jose loves school. With little support at home, he turns to his teacher, Oscar Ramos, who like Jose, was born the son of migrant farm workers, and who inspires him to imagine a life beyond the fields.

A Letter from Jose Ansaldo and an Update from Oscar Ramos

UPDATE (2/7/17): News courtesy of East of Salinas filmmaker Laura Pacheco, teacher Oscar Ramos was just awarded the Cesar Chavez Human Rights Award! Our hearty congrats to Mr. Ramos on the well-deserved honor. #Cesar Chavez Human Rights Award Winner! Props to Oscar Ramos for his inspiration and commitment. pic.twitter.com/nvPsYopxjX — EAST OF SALINAS (@EastofSalinas) February 8, 2017 … READ MORE

Math Homework Before TV

In this excerpt from East of Salinas, third-grader Jose Ansaldo, dutifully finishes his math homework before eating dinner or watching TV. He’s anxious to get good grades so he can join the class field trip to the beach — a place he’s never been despite living on the California coast.