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March 04, 2016

Documentaries for Movie Geeks: Films About Films

Scott Weinberg in Behind the Films

Once you've watched a beloved movie two or three times, you start to crave a little more information about the film's conception, production, and cultural impact, among other things. So…...

June 13, 2013

The Revolutionary Optimists Filmmakers on Finding Hope in Kolkata’s Slums

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[caption id="attachment_4298" align="alignleft" width="300"] Amlan Ganguly with several of the children featured in The Revolutionary Optimists[/caption] Amlan Ganguly is a visionary. This lawyer-turned-community activist is not only changing a neighborhood,…...

May 24, 2013

Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Capturing Detroit

Rebecca Huval in Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_4262" align="alignleft" width="300"] Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady[/caption] Detroit-area native Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady filmed Detropia with the hopes that the rest of the United States would…...

April 25, 2013

Director Marco Williams on the Making of The Undocumented

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[caption id="attachment_3919" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Filmmaker Marco Williams, director of The Undocumented[/caption] Since 1998, more than two thousand dead bodies have been found in Arizona’s Sonora Desert — the remains of…...

April 18, 2013

Director Jon Shenk on His Love for the Maldives, Public Television, and Pizza

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A world of change has happened since Jon Shenk filmed The Island President (airing April 22 on Independent Lens). After Shenk released the documentary in 2012, Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed…...

April 11, 2013

Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan on the Making of Wonder Women!

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[caption id="attachment_3770" align="alignright" width="200"] Filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, Director of Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines[/caption] Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, Wonder Women! The Untold…...

April 08, 2013

‘As I Am’ Filmmaker Alan Spearman Makes Moving Portraits in South Memphis

Rachel Aloy in Uncategorized

[caption id="attachment_3732" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Filmmaker Alan Spearman[/caption] We sat down with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Alan Spearman about his experiences in making the short film, As I Am, paired with The…...

April 03, 2013

Live Chat with Kind Hearted Woman’s Robin Poor Bear and Filmmaker David Sutherland – April 3 – 11am PDT/2pm EDT

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[caption id="attachment_3708" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Robin Poor Bear and David Sutherland[/caption] Can a family heal from the wounds of sexual and domestic abuse? How do you go on? David Sutherland’s latest film, Kind…...

April 02, 2013

A Letter from Kind Hearted Woman’s Robin Poor Bear

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Part One of Kind Hearted Woman, a pillar program of the Women and Girls Lead campaign, premiered last night during a special Independent Lens and FRONTLINE co-presentation. Viewers met Robin Poor Bear and her…...

March 28, 2013

Filmmaker David Sutherland on Making Kind Hearted Woman

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We sat down with acclaimed filmmaker David Sutherland to talk with him about his unforgettable portrait of Robin Charboneau, a 32-year-old divorced single mother and Oglala Sioux woman living on North…...

March 22, 2013

Amid Setbacks, The Solar Mamas Are Undeterred

Rebecca Huval in Where Are They Now?

[caption id="attachment_3608" align="alignleft" width="300"] Rafea Al Raja of Solar Mamas[/caption] The stars of Solar Mamas—now screening for free as part of the #SheDocs Online Film Festival—are still searching for sunshine.…...

March 12, 2013

Adrian Baker on Animating Native American Oral History

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[caption id="attachment_3349" align="alignleft" width="300"] Adrian Baker, director of Injunuity, one of 25 short videos in the PBS 2013 Online Film Festival[/caption] Sometimes, the shameful chapters of our past deserve to…...