Independent Lens Film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” Honored with Oscar Nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the nominations for the 91st Oscars and Independent Lens was elated that Hale County This Morning, This Evening received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary. RaMell Ross‘s critically acclaimed film, “made modestly and intimately,” wrote Richard Brody in The New Yorker, the film “embodies a … READ MORE

RUMBLE

They tried to ban, censor and erase Indian culture from rock and roll history but Native American influence is wrapped into modern music’s DNA. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electric look at Native American influence in popular music, going deep into the Indigenous foundations of rock.

Hale County This Morning, This Evening – Trailer

RaMell Ross’s Academy Award-nominated Hale County This Morning, This Evening, one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films, is a dreamy and intimate journey through the world of Hale County, Alabama, a richly detailed glimpse into life in America’s Black Belt.  

Black Memorabilia – Trailer

Black Memorabilia explores the world of racist material, both antique and newly produced, that propagate demeaning representations of African Americans. From industrial China to the rural South to Brooklyn, the film shines a light on those who reproduce, consume and reclaim racially-charged items, from banks to Mammy kitchenware, confederate flags, Nazi insignia and other ephemera. … READ MORE

RUMBLE Filmmakers Go Deep into the Indigenous Foundations of Rock

The making of RUMBLE was a team effort, all of them passionate about bringing an important story to the world. Director-producer Catherine Bainbridge and co-director Alfonso Maiorana worked with Executive Producer Stevie Salas, a Native American musician, film composer and producer, as well as Tim Johnson, former Associate Director for Museum Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum … READ MORE

RUMBLE – Taboo’s Native Roots – Clip

“I grew up understanding my Mexican roots more than my Native roots,” says Black Eyed Peas’ rapper/singer/songwriter Taboo in this clip from the Independent Lens film RUMBLE. He learned about the other side of his heritage from his Shoshone grandmother, which helped him appreciate how his style was influenced by the whole mix.

RUMBLE – Charley Patton, Grandfather of Delta Blues – Clip

Charley Patton was the “grandfather of Delta blues,” a true legend–and part-Native American. He was a profound influence on blues musicians over the years as well as Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Jack White, Bonnie Raitt, and many others. You can hear the Native music influence in his sound. Learn more about him in this clip … READ MORE

RUMBLE On: More Native American Musicians You Should Know

by Gregg McVicar, Host and producer of UnderCurrents on Native Voice One Rock and roll was born in the United States, and it makes sense that some of its forerunners would be the original Americans. The people are the land and the music comes from the land. Iconic artists like Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jimi … READ MORE

Rodents of Unusual Size – Kermit Ruffins Cooks Nutria – Clip

Renowned jazz musician–and chef–Kermit Ruffins and other famous local chefs try to convince New Orleans residents to appreciate their artful ways of cooking nutria, an unappealing “swamp rat” that is also an invasive species eating away at Louisiana wetlands. If anyone can find a way to make it tasty–and help the local ecosystem at the … READ MORE

Man on Fire

In 2014, 79-year-old white Methodist minister drove to an empty parking lot in his old hometown of Grand Saline, Texas, and set himself on fire. He left a note on his car’s windshield calling the act his final protest against the virulent racism of the community and his country at large. Man on Fire uncovers … READ MORE

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World – Trailer

They tried to ban, censor and erase Indian culture from rock and roll history but Native American influence is wrapped into modern music’s DNA. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is an electric look at Native American influence in popular music, going deep into the Indigenous foundations of rock.