by Lourdes Portillo
Premiere Date: July 13, 1999
Tejana singer Selena was on the brink of blockbuster crossover fame when her murder at age 23 catapulted her into mainstream celebrity. Filmmaker Lourdes Portillo gazes beyond the tabloids and points a sensitive lens on the cultural sensation that emerged around Selena's life and death. (54 minutes)
by Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton
Premiere Date: June 8, 1999
If ever someone has embodied the maxim, age is a state of mind, it's 90-year-old Christine Burton. After decades of personal struggle, she reinvented her own life at age 80 by founding Golden Threads, an international network for older gay women. (56 minutes)
by Ricki Stern
Premiere Date: June 22, 1999
Two teenagers seek refuge and respect in a boxing gym in the South Bronx. (56 minutes)
by Emiko Omori
Premiere Date: July 6, 1999
Fifty years after World War II, Japanese Americans recall their years in the internment camps of WWII. From the exuberant recollections of a typical teenager, to the simmering rage of citizens forced to sign loyalty oaths, filmmaker Emiko Omori renders a poetic and illuminating picture of a deeply troubling chapter in American history.
by Barbara Sonneborn and Janet Cole
Premiere Date: January 4, 2000
Exploring the meaning of war and loss with Vietnamese and American widows into a vivid testament to the chilling legacy of war.
by Slawomir Grünberg and Ben Crane
Premiere Date: July 20, 1999
The battle cry on both sides is "religious freedom" when a Mississippi mother takes a stand on prayer in her children's public school. While most of Pontotoc County rally together to preserve a cornerstone of their faith, Lisa Herdahl is a lone voice calling for separation of church and state. (56 minutes)
by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg
Premiere Date: July 27, 1999
A son of Puerto Rican revolutionaries learns of his parents' past. A chronicle of his turbulent journey of self-discovery, offering a striking account of the costs of fiercely held convictions and the binding force of a son's love. (56 minutes)
by David Finn and David Hess and A.C. Weary
Premiere Date: June 29, 1999
Art Arfons is an American original. Without a high school diploma, engineers, or even blueprints, this small town Midwestern prodigy of practical mechanics designed, built, drove and broke land speed records in a series of supercharged automobiles he dubbed The Green Monster. In this coming-of-age story for the senior set, director David Finn offers an unvarnished portrait of a flinty, single-minded, slyly charming, obsessive man literally driven to continue his race against time long after he has established himself as a living legend.
by MIchael J. Moore
Premiere Date: June 1, 1999
Shocking murders, massive manhunts and win-at-all-cost political campaigns propel this extraordinary story behind the enactment of the nation's toughest mandatory sentencing law. (86 minutes)
by Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini
Premiere Date: June 5, 2000
Political asylum — who deserves it? Who gets it? With unprecedented access, filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson enter the closed corridors of the INS to reveal the dramatic real-life stage where human rights and American ideals collide with the nearly impossible task of trying to know the truth.