All posts by Brooke Shelby Biggs

Academy Award-Winner Alex Gibney’s Tale of Two Cities in One

We sat down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, director of Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, to talk about what motivated him to make this film. The documentary is part of Why Poverty? and premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, November 12 at 10 PM (check local listings). What led you to make this film? I am furious … READ MORE

Monday Just Got Real on PBS — Set Your DVR or Alarm Clock!

At long last, the 11th season of Independent Lens is here! With it comes our new timeslot, Mondays at 10 PM on PBS. For most of you, that means we follow Antiques Roadshow at 8 PM, and the new series Market Warriors at 9 PM. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and you … READ MORE

Reel Treasures: Lichtenstein on Altman, Stoney, & Wiseman

Welcome to a brand-new, extra spicy blog series! Since we’ve moved to Monday nights, and are sharing primetime with Antiques Roadshow and Market Warriors, we’ve started thinking about all of the priceless gems all around on our show. We uncover beautiful hidden stories, and work with spectacular independent artists who never see the glare of Hollywood’s … READ MORE

In Pictures: Janesville’s Industrial Rollercoaster, 1849-2008

When the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin closed for good in 2008, the town found itself in the midst of an identity crisis. Ever a factory town and manufacturing center, Janesville and its working residents have had to adjust to the rise and fall of its local industries for well over a century.


The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens. Get updates on the people in the film, find out why Paul Ryan is on the cutting room floor, and consider a cocktail of scotch and Arby’s milkshake.


Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do it, select any of our activities going on this week and next to join the conversation about women and girls turning oppression into opportunity around … READ MORE

Half the Sky: Addressing Maternal Mortality

In many developing countries, pregnancy may as well be considered a death sentence. With the premiere of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide just a week away, we felt it was the perfect time to provide a primer of sorts on the various issues highlighted in this special two-night broadcast event. … READ MORE

#TGIM! Indie Lens Fans Generate EPIC Monday Music Playlist

We asked you for your favorite Monday music jams, and boy, did you come through! Turns out your tastes run from Wilco to NOFX, with some Mamas & the Papas and Bobby “Blue” Bland thrown in for good measure. Rock on, fans (or blues on, or jazz on, whatever gets your feet tapping). Now as … READ MORE

Lee Gorewitz, Subject of You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t: 1933–2012

We learned that Lee Gorewitz, the magnetic, philosophical, and feisty subject of last season’s film You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2012. In the film, Lee welcomed us into the confusing and sometimes joyous day-to-day of her life in an Alzheimer’s care facility, where … READ MORE

Welcome Our New Host, Stanley Tucci

It’s official! Our 11th season will be hosted by the acclaimed actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci! From The Hunger Games to Independent Lens … a logical progression, wouldn’t you say? (We can’t help it, some of us around the office have started referring to him as “The Tooch.”) Tucci has appeared in more than 50 … READ MORE