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March 25, 2019

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

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

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…...

portrait of Philbert McCleod, from What Was Ours
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January 18, 2017

Philbert McLeod: Never Conquered (and Rest in Peace)

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

In this piece created for Independent Lens by filmmaker Mat Hames, we get to know more about Eastern Shoshone tribal elder Philbert McLeod, one of the stars of Hames' Independent…...

Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger in studio discussing the documentary 1971.

May 19, 2015

1971 Followup: A Conversation with Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger

Independent Lens in Laura Poitras won an Academy Award for CitizenFour, her film about Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the mainstream media and is now living…...

Artists Sara Lattis Stone paints at an easel.

April 17, 2015

Survivors: Confronting Deepwater Horizon Trauma through Oil on Canvas

Independent Lens in Where Are They Now?

Artist Sara Lattis Stone, whose husband Stephen Stone escaped the Deepwater Horizon disaster alive, turned to her craft — painting — as a means of confronting the post-traumatic stress her…...

Portrait of Kasey, one of the formerly-homeless teens from The Homestretch.

April 13, 2015

Update: Kasey Checks In

Craig Phillips in Where Are They Now?

Kasey, one of the three formerly homeless teens portrayed in The Homestretch who are striving to make a better future for themselves, checked in just today to give us all…...

March 24, 2014

All of Me, and More

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

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…...

October 21, 2013

The Waiting Room Bonus Videos: More People, More Perspectives

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All of these clips come courtesy of Waiting Room filmmaker Peter Nicks and his "Storytelling Project," which is found on the official site for the film. Consider these mini-features "bonus material"…...

October 16, 2013

Don’t Stop Believin’ Video Contest Winners

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"Just one more time / Some will win / Some will lose / Some were born to sing the blues." We're excited to announce three worthy winners of our Don't Stop…...

January 22, 2013

We’re Having Fun Behind the Scenes at Sundance

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[caption id="attachment_3020" align="aligncenter" width="549"] Our very own Steve Goldbloom schmoozes his way behind the scenes[/caption] Can't make it to Sundance Film Festival this year? Neither could some of us at…...

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…...

September 24, 2012

Half the Sky: Addressing Maternal Mortality

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[caption id="attachment_1969" align="alignleft" width="300"] A young mother at University Hospital in Somaliland. Photo by Nick Kristof.[/caption] In many developing countries, pregnancy may as well be considered a death sentence. With…...

Filmmaker Samantha Grant

September 17, 2012

Welcome Our New Host, Stanley Tucci

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It’s official! Our 11th season will be hosted by the acclaimed actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci! From The Hunger Games to Independent Lens … a logical progression, wouldn't you say?…...