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Beyond the Films

October 08, 2020

From Kilroy to Pepe: A Brief History of Memes

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By Lennlee Keep What do Pepe the Frog, the Spanish Inquisition, the blinking guy, the French Revolution, concern for the environment, and the Third Reich all have in common? These…...

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March 25, 2019

How to Pronounce (and Not Pronounce) “Tre Maison Dasan”

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One of the three "stars" of the documentary Tre Maison Dasan, Maison is a funny, charming, hyper-articulate 11-year-old whose Autism Spectrum Disorder presents itself through his ever-active mind and deep love for…...

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Beyond the Films

February 20, 2019

Is This Real Life: The Live Streaming Craze Explained

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By Siyi Chen When my dad, a small businessman from Southeast China, asked me, his social media-savvy daughter, how to utilize the internet to help sell his agricultural products, the…...


November 12, 2018

Filmmakers Navigate the Secretive World of Social Media Censorship in Atmosphere of Fear

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You know German filmmakers Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block are sharp-minded characters when you learn they work collaboratively under the label “Laokoon,” named after the legendary Trojan seer Laocoön who…...

February 22, 2013

Ai Weiwei Sparks Social Media Flames in China

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[caption id="attachment_3298" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ai Weiwei has heavily criticized the Chinese government through social media.[/caption] Ai Weiwei is a fearless Tweeter. In 140-character snippets, the gruff Chinese artist, activist, and…...

September 26, 2012

Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

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Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do…...

August 22, 2011

Meet Christina Pettit, Our 100,000th Facebook Fan!

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On Sunday, August 14 at about 1:30pm EDT, the Independent Lens Facebook page passed a pretty notable milestone. At about that time, 30-year-old Christina Pettit of New York City clicked…...