Test Your Knowledge

June 16, 2020

Do You Live in a News Bubble?

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Brooke Shelby Biggs Whether you think of her as a visionary or a kook, Marion Stokes was far ahead of her time in addressing a problem in American media…...


June 09, 2020

How Do You Sort Through 70,000 Videotapes?

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

The San Jose (CA) native, New York City-based filmmaker Matt Wolf is no stranger to having to comb through archival footage for his documentaries. His film Wild Combination, about the…...

Political pundit Gore Vidal on a television monitor, 1968; courtesy Estate of Archie Lieberman
Beyond the Films

September 27, 2016

Evolution of TV Political Pundits: The Legacy of Buckley and Vidal

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

As depicted in Best of Enemies, bitter intellectual rivals Willam F. Buckley and Gore Vidal eviscerating each other with wit on network TV in 1968 made for riveting, and sometimes jaw-dropping, television. It…...