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June 16, 2011

Cathy Renna on the Legacy of Fred Martinez

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Cathy Renna, managing partner at Renna Communications and former organizer and spokesperson for GLAAD, is featured in the film Two Spirits (premiering on Tuesday, June 14 on PBS; check local…...

June 16, 2011

Demystifying the Language of Gender

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Two Spirits has prompted a lively conversation about gender identity. When talking about issues related to the LGBT community, the always-evolving terminology can be difficult to grasp. When watching this…...

June 14, 2011

Two Spirits: Gender as a Spectrum, Not a Divide

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May 25, 2011

Women and Girls Lead Featured at PBS Annual Meeting

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We kicked it off with Bhutto two weeks ago, and last week the PBS family assembled in Orlando, Florida and discussed the ITVS initiative Women and Girls Lead. Check out…...

May 19, 2011

Shelbyville Director Tackles Race, Immigration, and What it Means to Be American

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Kim A. Snyder is an award-winning filmmaker who has made more than a dozen shorts and two feature documentaries. Her latest film, Welcome To Shelbyville, is premiering on Independent Lens…...

May 17, 2011

Ethnobiology Enthusiast Filmmaker versus MOTHRA!

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We caught up with Jessica Oreck, the director of Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, to talk about her maiden voyage into documentary filmmaking. For a young woman who spent a lifetime…...

May 17, 2011

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is Coming to Independent Lens!

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Based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide will premiere as a special presentation on Independent Lens…...

May 12, 2011

Women and Girls Lead: A New Public Media Initiative

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It has been a pretty exciting week around here. On Monday, President and CEO of the Independent Television Service Sally Jo Fifer announced the launch of an ambitious multiyear, multiplatform…...

May 09, 2011

Meet Sophia Nahli Allison, Our Winning Viewer Artist!

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Aspiring filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison won our Artists Month contest for her striking self-portrait, entitled "Unrequited Love." We asked her about her art and her life, her guilty pleasures and…...

May 05, 2011

The Danger and Pathos of Shooting the BHUTTO Doc

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The day after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, political consultant and film producer and director Duane Baughman was on the phone with his colleague Mark Siegel, who had…...

May 05, 2011

Behind Independent Lens: Fighting for Diverse Public Media

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We get the questions often enough here at Independent Lens about PBS, the federal budget, and the idea of publicly funded media in general. Many of our viewers probably aren't…...

May 04, 2011

Ever Have a Teacher Who Changed Your Life?

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Teachers -- often overworked, frequently underappreciated, sometimes demonized, usually meagerly compensated. But all of us have had teachers who helped us grow up and make sense of the world, and…...