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Freddy Camalier Finds FAME at Muscle Shoals

First-time filmmaker Greg ”Freddy” Camalier shines light on how he first discovered the musical mecca of Muscle Shoals and the remarkable story of FAME Studios founder Rick Hall, who helped produce some of greatest soul and rock tunes of the 20th century.

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Trials of Muhammad Ali Simulcast: Online Screening and Live Chat

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 new. For the first time ever, we’re hosting an online screening and filmmaker live chat with simulcast during the film’s national broadcast. Don’t have a … READ MORE

Meet the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Enjoy this collection of additional videos and links from the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who are the center of Reuben Atlas‘s new Independent Lens documentary Brothers Hypnotic. Follow this horn-playing family as play everywhere from New York subways to a rainy Belgian concert, bringing the funk wherever they go.

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Reuben Atlas Gets Down to Brass Tacks with Brothers Hypnotic

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 no surprise he wanted to combine the two interests when running across the all-in-the-family Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. The result is Brothers Hypnotic. Read our Q&A with Atlas about the film.

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March Madness: Best Basketball Films

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 firmly on our minds. While Medora is about much, much more than high school basketball — “The film transcends the underdog sports doc,” wrote John Fink in The Film … READ MORE

Medora T-Shirt Contest!

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 team trying to get that elusive win. “Medora scores some winning points in powerful fashion,” wrote Frank Scheck in the Hollywood Reporter. “An evocative portrait of a … READ MORE

All of Me, and More

Alexandra Lescaze‘s All of Me may be premiering tonight (3/24) on PBS at 10 PM [check local listings] but that’s not all of it. The filmmaker collected several interesting pieces that didn’t quite fit into the finished film, but provide further insight into the challenges of being a “larger lady,” and the different ways some have … READ MORE

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

The story of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission in Spies of Mississippi is far from the only instance of US government spying on American citizens. From the MI-8 and Operation SHAMROCK to 1971’s FBI files revelation to Edward Snowden and the NSA, read our survey of some of the more startling cases of domestic surveillance.

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