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Tran To Nga sits with victims of Agent Orange at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Interviews

June 11, 2021

Filmmakers Show How Agent Orange Catastrophe Did Not End with the Vietnam War

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

The well-oiled, three-person machine behind The People vs. Agent Orange each brought their manifold backgrounds to the table in order to put together a film that involved equal parts investigative…...

Hanif the Muslim casketmaker featured in Two Gods works with his young protege Furquan
Interviews

June 07, 2021

Muslim Casket Maker’s Story Becomes Cinematic Portrait of Resilience and Redemption

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

The filmmaker brothers Zeshawn and Aman Ali are now based in New York City but originally hail from Columbus, Ohio. "Growing up right outside of Columbus, we were just two…...

LaTonya Myers, in a San Antonio Spurs hat, celebrates a job offer, in Philly D.A.
Where Are They Now?

May 24, 2021

UPDATE: LaTonya Myers Inspires Others to Reform the Justice System

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Renée Gasch LaTonya Myers spent nine months in jail because she couldn’t afford bail. Assessed as a “high-risk” to society by a computer algorithm, she faced the toughest of…...

Ted Ngoy holds his famous pink pastry box, in The Donut King
Interviews

May 21, 2021

From Cambodia to Southern California: Telling the Story of a King of Donut Shops

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

A Los Angeles native, Alice Gu began her career as a Director of Photography, working with renowned directors Werner Herzog (on his fascinating Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected…...

A smiling Cambodian American donut clerk offers up a box full of donuts in Southern California
Test Your Knowledge

May 19, 2021

How Much of a Donut Nut Are You?

Craig Phillips in Test Your Knowledge

Do or donut, there is no try! Do you know your donut from a spudnut? While you watch The Donut King on PBS, test yourself on all things donut-related with…...

Dana Bazelon, at right, with Mike Lee, in D.A.'s office m in Philly D.A.
Beyond the Films

May 06, 2021

We Want to Hear Your Feedback on Philly D.A.

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

Share your thoughts on the criminal justice system and how it's portrayed in Philly D.A.  by answering a few questions. You can binge-watch all episodes with Passport, a benefit for…...

Photograph of Raymond Burr and William Talman the CBS-TV series Perry Mason
Beyond the Films

April 29, 2021

Which of These 8 Fictional District Attorney Characters Do You Remember?

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Ade D. Adeniji Philly D.A.,the eight-episode docu-series on PBS, explores the unlikely emergence of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, who runs on a progressive platform, and wins with nearly…...

4 members of Philly D.A's office in designed group shot
Behind the Films

April 27, 2021

Who’s Who in Philly D.A.

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

As you watch the epic eight-part docuseries Philly D.A. unfold, you may want help keeping track of key figures in this sprawling story of the battle over criminal justice reform in America’s…...

Larry Krasner looks over a ton of file boxes from way back, in Philly D.A.
Beyond the Films

April 20, 2021

Before Krasner: The Wild and Wooly Saga of Philadelphia District Attorneys

Independent Lens in Behind the Films

By Sharon Pruitt-Young It was a world-changing moment for the city of Philadelphia: Larry Krasner, a former criminal defense attorney and a highly polarizing figure in local politics, was elected…...

Philly D.A. team, Ted Passon, Nicole Salazar, Yoni Brook (l-r)
Behind the Films

April 19, 2021

How the Team Behind “Philly D.A.” Captured History for Epic Docuseries

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Philadelphia-based filmmakers Ted Passon and Yoni Brook, and producer Nicole Salazar, had to work as a well-oiled machine team to make an epic docuseries like Philly D.A. happen. Each one…...

Larry Krasner and his team celebrates their victory on election night in Philadelphia
Beyond the Films

April 09, 2021

Philadelphia Has a Long History of Fights Over Criminal Justice Reform

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Kristal Sotomayor In order to understand the rich history of criminal reform work, up through the vivid stories of crime and punishment presented in the docuseries Philly D.A., it…...

Filmmaker Ursula Liang with camera on location in New York
Interviews

April 07, 2021

“Nobody Was Listening”: Finding Light in a Dark Stairwell

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Filmmaker Ursula Liang's previous documentary 9-Man was about the fascinating titular sport that originated among Chinese immigrant communities in the United States and Canada, and was set in mostly Boston,…...