Beyond the Films

February 10, 2014

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

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[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…...

February 07, 2014

Spies of Mississippi: Filmmaker Dawn Porter Tells Shocking Story

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Dawn Porter's first feature documentary, Gideon's Army, had an eye toward the future in telling the story of young public defenders fighting for justice. The film brought her a great…...

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January 19, 2014

Blood Brother Filmmakers Chat About Personal Journey to India

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If ever a project was a "labor of love," it'd be Steve Hoover's documentary Blood Brother, which is about the journey his friend Rocky Braat took, both literally and spiritually.…...

January 13, 2014

At Berkeley: Frederick Wiseman on Why He Went Back to School

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="594"] Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.[/caption] Though this would likely make him uncomfortable, Frederick Wiseman is an American treasure. His documentaries about institutions [see our previous post collecting clips…...

January 10, 2014

At Berkeley: Reviews and Writings

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We've collected some of the best reviews and writings about Frederick Wiseman's magnum opus, At Berkeley, which premieres Monday, January 13 on PBS [check local listings]. It's a remarkable work…...

January 06, 2014

At Berkeley Shares National Society of Film Critics Best Non-Fic Honor

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At Berkeley, which will be broadcast on Independent Lens on January 13, was just named co-recipient of Best Non-Fiction Film of 2013 by the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), sharing the…...

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December 30, 2013

How to Survive a Plague: Q&A with David France

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"The 2nd best film of the year" - Wesley Morris, Boston Globe Top Ten Movies of 2012. "It’s hard to overstate how ingenious France’s formal choices are...The material has been shaped…...

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…...

December 19, 2013

David Gelb Dreams of Sushi: A Jiro Q&A

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi may ultimately prove a "small" film that served as a stepping stone in director David Gelb's career, but just as the size of chef Jiro Ino's tiny…...

December 17, 2013

Independent Lens Announces Winter/Spring 2014 Season

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="594"] From Medora.[/caption] We're excited to officially announce the Independent Lens Winter/Spring 2014 lineup, the second half of our current season, presenting a varied selection of independent…...

December 16, 2013

Playwright: Where Are They Now?

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While they may come from different backgrounds and different parts of the country, both talented young playwrights featured in Robert Levi's film Playwright: From Page to Stage seem to be on…...

December 13, 2013

Playwright: Q&A with Filmmaker Robert Levi

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[caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignnone" width="600"] Robert Levi (right) films Robin Williams and play director Moises Kaufman during Bengal Tiger rehearsal[/caption] Robert Levi, whose previous film, the award-winning Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life,…...