Is This Real Life: The Live Streaming Craze Explained

By Siyi Chen When my dad, a small businessman from Southeast China, asked me, his social media-savvy daughter, how to utilize the internet to help sell his agricultural products, the first thing that came to mind was live streaming. “It’s kind of like the TV shopping channels you watch,” I tried to explain to him, … READ MORE

People’s Republic of Desire – Vote$ for Livestreamers – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film People’s Republic of Desire, despite often destitute circumstances, fans of the most famous live-streaming performers in China–like Big Li and Shen Man–spend loads of their own money to see them become number one. Dabao, a talent manager and wife of Big Li, tearfully wonders what he’s done … READ MORE

Five Questions About Fred Rogers with Morgan Neville

“When I met Joanne Rogers, I told her I wanted to make a film not about Fred Rogers’ story but about his ideas,” filmmaker Morgan Neville wrote about Won’t You Be My Neighbor? “She smiled and said that sounded pretty good, because Fred had always said his own story was the most boring story of all … READ MORE

The King

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. A diverse cast of regular … READ MORE

The King – Elvis, Tupelo, and the American Dream – Clip

In this excerpt from The King, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki goes to Tupelo, Mississippi in search of the childhood home of Elvis Presley’s and ends up exploring the dilapidated state of the American Dream. “Elvis, Elvis, Elvis, that’s all Tupelo has thrived on, that’s the only thing keeping it alive,” says one local woman.

RUMBLE

They tried to ban, censor and erase Indian culture from rock and roll history but Native American influence is wrapped into modern music’s DNA. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electric look at Native American influence in popular music, going deep into the Indigenous foundations of rock.

RUMBLE Filmmakers Go Deep into the Indigenous Foundations of Rock

The making of RUMBLE was a team effort, all of them passionate about bringing an important story to the world. Director-producer Catherine Bainbridge and co-director Alfonso Maiorana worked with Executive Producer Stevie Salas, a Native American musician, film composer and producer, as well as Tim Johnson, former Associate Director for Museum Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum … READ MORE

Trailer | The King | Independent Lens | PBS

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, filmmaker Eugene Jarecki takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey in The King traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. A diverse cast … READ MORE

RUMBLE – Taboo’s Native Roots – Clip

“I grew up understanding my Mexican roots more than my Native roots,” says Black Eyed Peas’ rapper/singer/songwriter Taboo in this clip from the Independent Lens film RUMBLE. He learned about the other side of his heritage from his Shoshone grandmother, which helped him appreciate how his style was influenced by the whole mix.

RUMBLE – Charley Patton, Grandfather of Delta Blues – Clip

Charley Patton was the “grandfather of Delta blues,” a true legend–and part-Native American. He was a profound influence on blues musicians over the years as well as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jack White, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. You can hear the Native music influence in his sound. Learn more about him in this clip … READ MORE