CATEGORY: Where Are They Now?

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.


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

Herb & Dorothy Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki on the Death of Herb Vogel

You might remember the inspirational couple Herb and Dorothy Vogel from Independent Lens‘s 2009 film Herb & Dorothy. The pair assembled one of the most important post-1960 art collections in history on their modest civil-service salaries. Sadly, Herb Vogel passed away this July just before his 90th birthday. Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki had grown close to … READ MORE

A Documentarian Reflects on the Sikh Shootings

Filmmaker Sharat Raju is no stranger to the misperceptions that haunt the Sikh community. In 2003, he wrote and directed the Independent Lens short fiction film American Made about a Sikh family stranded in the desert. After the family’s car breaks down, passersby are reluctant to give them a ride because of the father’s turban. … READ MORE

Have You Heard From Johannesburg Nominated for Primetime Emmy

In January of this year, we brought you the epic five-part documentary series Have You Heard From Johannesburg, by Connie Field. This morning we learned that the series has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking! We’re pretty excited and proud, as you can imagine. As you prepare for … READ MORE

Whatever Happened to … the Garbage Pickers from Waste Land?

What could be more embarrassing than hosting the UN Conference on Sustainable Development with the world’s largest dump festering in your backyard? That’s why the Rio +20 conference (June 20-22) prompted Rio de Janeiro to close its Jardim Gramacho landfill, which had been oozing toxic waste into sensitive marshland for 34 years. While it is … READ MORE

Join Our Live Social Screening of Hell and Back Again with Sgt. Harris and Danfung Dennis

Using our fancy new tool for hosting interactive film screenings, we’ll be offering you the chance to watch the Academy Award-nominated documentary Hell and Back Again on Tuesday, May 29 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT — following its Monday night premiere on PBS. The documentary follows then-25-year-old Sgt. Nathan Harris’s experience fighting the war … READ MORE

Director Eren McGinnis on the Front Lines of Arizona’s Ethnic Studies Wars

In January, the Tucson Unified School District ended its highly successful Mexican American Studies program after state officials threatened to withhold funding from schools that taught ethnic history and literature in a manner they contended encouraged race resentment and revolution against white people. As the political rhetoric was just heating up in Tucson in 2009, directors Ari Palos and Eren McGinnis trained their cameras on these classrooms, interviewed the players, and ended up documenting one of the last years of the program, as well as the beginnings of a complex civil rights struggle in Arizona.