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Craig is the digital content producer for Independent Lens, based in San Francisco. He is a film nerd, cartoonist, classic film poster collector, wannabe screenwriter, and owner of/owned by cats.

The Waiting Room: U.S. Health Insurance Facts & Figures

In conjunction with the Independent Lens premiere of The Waiting Room on PBS [Monday, October 21 at 10 PM; check local listings], we’ve culled some revealing stats about American health care today. Clearly this is a hot topic, and a hot-button topic for that matter, but regardless of what your personal viewpoint is on the … READ MORE

The Waiting Room: Interview with Filmmaker Peter Nicks

With health care on the minds of all Americans these days and with discussions happening for better and for worse, it’s easy to lose sight of the human element. The Waiting Room goes a long way toward changing that. Read our exclusive interview with its filmmaker Peter Nicks on the challenges of shooting in a busy hospital and on what influenced him.

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Don’t Stop Believin’ Video Contest Winners

“Just one more time / Some will win / Some will lose / Some were born to sing the blues.” We’re excited to announce three worthy winners of our Don’t Stop Believin’ cover song video contest.

American Graduate Shorts: Skipping Up

Last, but certainly not least, in our mini-festival of American Graduate short films, is Skipping Up, directed by Jim Mendiola and Faith Radle. Set primarily in Mark Twain Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, Skipping Up follows a group of eighth graders as they finish their year in the Middle School Partners Program, a new and … READ MORE

American Graduate Shorts: Immigrant High

Our American Graduate short film festival continues with Immigrant High, a film by Xochitl Dorsey. [Go here for more on the American Graduate films.] Immigrant teens find face discrimination, language barriers, unfamiliar cultural traditions — while dealing with the changes all teens struggle with. Many give up on school. Immigrant High takes us into the halls … READ MORE

American Graduate Shorts: I Really Want to Make It

We continue our look at the American Graduate shorts with I Really Want to Make It, a film by Ray Telles and Angela Reginato. Sharon Montano of Oakland decides to go back to school at age 20 after several years of substance abuse and other struggles. When she discovers Civicorps Academy, where she meets other young people who have … READ MORE

Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes Online Screening & Chat

Tuesday, Oct 15  |  8:30pm ET Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes OVEE online screening and chat This Tuesday, October 15 at 8:30pm, ITVS presents an online screening and live discussion about the Independent Lens film Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, with director Byron Hurt, Columbia University’s Dr. Chris Emdin, and ManUp Campaign‘s Executive Director Jimmie Briggs. Simultaneously, the screening will be … READ MORE

American Graduate Shorts: Can’t Hold Me Back

Our “mini-festival” of American Graduate shorts continues with Can’t Hold Me Back, directed by Betty Bastidas and Madeleine Bair. Detroit teen Fernando Parraz, an accomplished rapper and budding filmmaker, aims to become the first in his family to earn a high school diploma — his ticket out of the struggles of inner-city poverty and violence. He … READ MORE

American Graduate Short Films: Baby Mama High

It’s a startling statistic: 52% of American Latina girls get pregnant in their teens; more than half of those in high school never graduate. Heather Ross’s short documentary Baby Mama High looks at this issue from the perspective of an Escondido, CA, teenager. It’s the last few weeks of high school for Yessenia, a soft-spoken senior with … READ MORE

PBS Indie Showcase + Online Event

The idea behind PBS’s Indie Showcase is to spotlight the work of independent filmmakers, offering viewers year-round access to the diversity of voices and unique perspectives these films provide. Debuting this fall with last week’s premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, the program pairs up new documentaries on Independent Lens with those on our sister … READ MORE

Don’t Stop OVEE-ing: Online Screening of Everyman’s Journey

Few bands hold the same iconic stature in American music lore as Journey. Decades of chart-topping hits and performances played on stages across the world. Following on the heels of last night’s Independent Lens broadcast premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey on PBS, the iconic American band is being showcased tonight on a new type of … READ MORE