February 25, 2013

Behind the Scenes at the Oscars with Lois Vossen

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  [caption id="attachment_3328" align="aligncenter" width="424"] Independent Lens Senior Series Producer Lois Vossen[/caption] Our film The Invisible War may not have scored Oscar gold last night, but we are so proud…...

Filmmaker Alison Klayman with Ai Weiwei

February 21, 2013

Alison Klayman on Filming Ai Weiwei

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We sat down with filmmaker Alison Klayman to talk about the joys and challenges of filming China's most famous artist and dissident, Ai Weiwei. Her film, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,…...


February 15, 2013

Powerbroker Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Shaped Her Film

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[caption id="attachment_3238" align="alignright" width="350"] Bonnie Boswell at age 14, with her uncle, Whitney Young, Jr.[/caption] Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell has an unusually close tie to her film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s…...

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February 13, 2013

A Cherished Last Letter of Civil Rights Leader Whitney Young, Jr.

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[caption id="attachment_3223" align="alignright" width="359"] Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell treasures her uncle Whitney Young, Jr.'s letter to her parents. See the letter below.[/caption] Journalist Bonnie Boswell has many fond memories of her…...

February 01, 2013

Celebrate Black History Month With Us!

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It's February, and have we got some great ways to celebrate Black History Month! Enjoy these fascinating films and exciting educational resources all month long. Watch Spotlight on Civil Rights…...

January 29, 2013

Hundreds of Voucher Schools Teach Creationism in Science Classes

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Zack Kopplin, a student at Rice University and a science education advocate, learned about the Independent Lens film The Revisionaries and contacted us. Kopplin, a winner of the Hugh M.…...


January 25, 2013

Filmmaker Scott Thurman on the Texas Textbook Wars

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We sat down with filmmaker Scott Thurman to discuss what went on behind the scenes of his documentary, The Revisionaries, which chronicles the oft-rancorous battle over Texas textbooks. The Revisionaries…...

January 22, 2013

We’re Having Fun Behind the Scenes at Sundance

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[caption id="attachment_3020" align="aligncenter" width="549"] Our very own Steve Goldbloom schmoozes his way behind the scenes[/caption] Can't make it to Sundance Film Festival this year? Neither could some of us at…...

January 18, 2013

Categorize Artist Wayne White? Don’t Even Try

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In the world of art, if you've met with success by wielding a paintbrush or a camera or a microphone or a sculpting knife, it's easy to hang onto that…...

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January 17, 2013

Artist Wayne White’s 5 Tips for Flea Market Shopping

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Artist Wayne White, who will be featured on the Independent Lens film Beauty is Embarrassing, is beloved in the fine arts world for his "word paintings." He buys big landscape…...

January 17, 2013

Healthy Soul Food Recipe Contest Winner!

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[caption id="attachment_2962" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Carol Anne White is our Healthy Soul Food Contest winner![/caption] Byron Hurt's wonderful film Soul Food Junkies aired on Monday, and it was a big hit.…...

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January 17, 2013

Be a Great Artist! Or Just Vaguely Resemble One…

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I don't know about you, but my talents do not lie in the visual arts. Stick figures run away screaming when they see me coming. So it was with great…...