Dancer bends over backwards on a spinning floor to keep his balance.

May 07, 2015

Art on the Edge: Extreme Dance, Performance, and More

Craig Phillips in Lists

Elizabeth Streb was once called the "Evel Knievel of dance," and our documentary Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity captures her life as an "extreme action architect." Her choreography, which she calls…...

April 16, 2015

Going Deeper into the Deepwater Horizon Rig

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This coming Monday, April 20, marks the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the oil industry. The…...

Young African American man sits on a park bench in winter clothing.

April 09, 2015

Homeless but Not Hopeless: Homeless Youth in America

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

Youth homelessness is on the rise in the United States, and the numbers aren't pretty. One in 30 kids (nearly 2.5 million children) of K-12 school age are now homeless in the…...

October 27, 2014

Is Time Itself Brakeless?

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The Nature of Time “I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where…...

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February 10, 2014

Uncle Sam Wants (to Spy on) You: Domestic Surveillance in the USA

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="270"] Edward Snowden in Moscow, October 2013 (picture via Wikimedia)[/caption] Spies of Mississippi, about a previously little-known chapter in the civil rights movement, comes at a time…...

December 20, 2013

Can We Eat Sushi “Responsibly?”

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi had those of us here at Independent Lens dreaming not only of sushi, but of fish in general, and the question that keeps coming up: Can we eat…...

October 18, 2013

The Waiting Room: U.S. Health Insurance Facts & Figures

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In conjunction with the Independent Lens premiere of The Waiting Room on PBS [Monday, October 21 at 10 PM; check local listings], we've culled some revealing stats about American health…...

February 22, 2013

Ai Weiwei Sparks Social Media Flames in China

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[caption id="attachment_3298" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ai Weiwei has heavily criticized the Chinese government through social media.[/caption] Ai Weiwei is a fearless Tweeter. In 140-character snippets, the gruff Chinese artist, activist, and…...


February 15, 2013

Powerbroker Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Shaped Her Film

Maria Goodavage in Interviews

[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…...

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.…...