A Philadelphia police officer observes the rubble after the MOVE bombings
Where Are They Now?

May 12, 2014

The MOVE Bombings 29 Years Later

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="594"] MOVE members and police during the 1978 confrontation outside MOVE headquarters.[/caption] It's the week of the 29th anniversary of the MOVE bombings, and for those who were…...

Screenshot of Decisions on Deadline game interface.

May 06, 2014

Decisions on Deadline: Journalism Game

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Connected to Samantha Grant's film A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times, which premiered this week on Independent Lens (check local listings to see if it's…...

Filmmaker Freddy Camelier with Muscle Shoals luminaries.

April 21, 2014

Freddy Camalier Finds FAME at Muscle Shoals

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"Only the genre's most studious followers will be able to watch Muscle Shoals without being regularly astonished...Greg "Freddy" Camalier's documentary tells an extraordinary story."  — NPR's Mark Jenkins Muscle Shoals, which…...

Clarence Carter sings into mic at Muscle Shoals studios.

April 18, 2014

A Musical Journey Through Muscle Shoals

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The word “magic” is mentioned a lot in Muscle Shoals, a mesmerizing documentary that tries to explain, or at least place in context, the extraordinary success of FAME (founded by…...

April 14, 2014

Trials of Muhammad Ali Simulcast: Online Screening and Live Chat

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali Exclusive Screening & Live Chat with Director Bill Siegel Monday April 14, 10pm ET/7 PT Independent Lens, Kartemquin Films, and Eight Arizona are trying something…...


April 14, 2014

Bill Siegel’s 12 Documentaries That Had Biggest Impact on Him

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  Documentary filmmaker Bill Siegel, whose previous film (co-directed with Sam Green) The Weather Underground was nominated for an Oscar, returned to the world of American political activism and history…...

Archival photo of Muhammad Ali.

April 11, 2014

The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Q&A with Bill Siegel

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Editor's note: This interview with filmmaker Bill Siegel is brought to you in partnership with our friends at POV, and conducted by excellent, widely-respected independent journalist Tom Roston, who writes…...

April 07, 2014

Meet the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

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Enjoy this collection of additional videos and links to check out more from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are the center of Reuben Atlas's new Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic,…...

Filmmaker Reuben Atlas Shooting Brothers Hypnotic

April 04, 2014

Reuben Atlas Gets Down to Brass Tacks with Brothers Hypnotic

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New York-based producer, director, and "non-practicing lawyer" Reuben Atlas has filmmaking in the bloodlines and music frequently on his mind, so it's perhaps no huge surprise that he wanted to…...

Filmmakers Andrew Cohn (l) and Davy Rothbart

March 31, 2014

How Filmmakers Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart Found Medora

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The Ann Arbor, Michigan-raised Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart have worn a lot of creative hats. Rothbart created the eclectic, cult magazine Found, has contributed to NPR's This American Life, written for…...

Kids of Medora shooting basketball outside in their street clothes

March 28, 2014

March Madness: Best Basketball Films

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Looking back at the 2014 broadcast television premiere of Independent Lens' Medora, not to mention that we're in the midst of NCAA basketball “March Madness,” we have the sport of James Naismith…...

March 26, 2014

Medora T-Shirt Contest!

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Medora, which premieres on Independent Lens next Monday, March 31st at 10 PM (check local listings), is the story of a struggling Indiana community and its woebegotten high school basketball…...