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The Force, riding in police car with Officer Cairo
Interviews

January 16, 2018

Balancing Along the Thin Blue Line, Filmmaker Captures Police Force at an Explosive Time

Craig Phillips in Interviews

A follow-up to his acclaimed, Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award-winning film The Waiting Room (Independent Lens, 2013), Pete Nicks' The Force is part of a trilogy of films he's making which…...

Guard tower at an American prison
Beyond the Films

May 05, 2017

The Prison Economy: How Do Prisons Affect the Places We Live?

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

The Independent Lens film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes examines the effect prisons have on the communities around them in both positive and negative ways. Prisons can stimulate the economy and…...

Police in military fatigues huddle behind a SWAT robot
Beyond the Films

May 04, 2016

The Evolution of SWAT Team Equipment: From WWII Rifles to BearCats

Daniel Ross in Beyond the Films

When former Davis County Sheriff William "Dub" Lawrence, the subject of the Independent Lens film Peace Officer [Monday, May 9 at 9pm on PBS; check local listings], established one of Utah's first SWAT…...