The Challenge of Making a Film About Racist Relics

Filmmaker and teacher Chico Colvard’s first feature doc, Family Affair, premiered at Sundance and was the first film acquired by Oprah Winfrey for her cable channel, OWN. The searingly personal documentary explored his family’s own troubled history that ultimately had a message of forgiveness and resilience. While his new film Black Memorabilia is less personal, it maintains … READ MORE

The Providers – Trailer

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys … 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

Accident, MD

By Dan Rybicky The short film Accident, MD, by award-winning filmmaker Dan Rybicky, is a survey of attitudes about America’s healthcare crisis, filmed in and around the small town of Accident, Maryland during the summer before the 2016 election.

Accident, MD

Accident, MD is a survey of attitudes about America’s healthcare crisis, filmed in and around the small town of Accident, Maryland during the summer before the 2016 election.

Elvis and the Death of the American Dream, Through Movies

Elvis Presley is ostensibly the subject of The King, Eugene Jarecki’s expansive road movie of a documentary. The award-winning director drives Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce across the US, from Mississippi and Memphis to Nashville, New York, Las Vegas, Hollywood, and elsewhere, talking to historians, musicians, members of Presley’s inner circle, and everyday Americans. Elvis centers the … 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.

Independent Lens Film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” Honored with Oscar Nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the nominations for the 91st Oscars and Independent Lens was elated that Hale County This Morning, This Evening received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary. RaMell Ross‘s critically acclaimed film, “made modestly and intimately,” wrote Richard Brody in The New Yorker, the film “embodies a … READ MORE

Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Trailer

RaMell Ross’s Academy Award-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, is a dreamy and intimate journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, a richly detailed glimpse into life in America’s Black Belt.  

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

My Country No More

Following the rise and fall of the oil boom in North Dakota, My Country No More paints a portrait of a rural American community in crisis split by a high-stakes divide.