A mother in a wheelchair finds joy in her young child, from Lives Worth Living
Independent Film

July 16, 2020

The Evolution of Disability in Film: After the Accolades, the Work Continues

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By Lawrence Carter-Long Once upon a time, disability was just a diagnosis. Through time, the word has evolved to encompass larger more expansive concepts like community, identity, and culture. In…...

Silhouetted image of William M. Trotter speaking in protest about Birth of a Nation, from Birth of a Movement

February 02, 2017

Filmmakers Tell Story of William Trotter’s Fight Against Racist Silent Blockbuster

Craig Phillips in Interviews

Birth of a Movement, based on Dick Lehr's book, captures the backdrop to a prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, and a changing media landscape — that happened in 1915.…...

Still from Birth of a Movement, of DW Griffith on set directing a film with megaphone
Film History

February 01, 2017

The Offspring of Birth of a Nation

Sean Axmaker in Film History

D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation is inarguably one of the landmarks of American cinema. The distillation of the storytelling techniques, editing ideas, framing and visual composition, and nuanced…...

Still frame from The Epic of Everest (1924), men exploring an ice cave on the mountain.
Film History

October 20, 2015

Early Silent Documentaries: Real-Life Adventure Cinema

Sean Axmaker in Film History

This piece is part of an ongoing Independent Lens series exploring documentary film history. Stay tuned for more installments. Since the dawn of cinema, cameras have been taken around the world to…...