No Man’s Land – “A Fence, and Feds in the Darkness” – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film No Man’s Land, weeks into the 41-day occupation in 2016 of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, the anti-government militia who took over the land become increasingly paranoid the Feds are waiting in the darkness for them. Writer/reporter Linda Tirado says candidly in the clip, “I don’t believe … READ MORE

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky is a portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America through the voice of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry. Centered in his native Henry County, Kentucky, Look & See is an elegy to a lost way of life that was once the bedrock of America–the … READ MORE

ACORN and the Firestorm – Trailer

For 40 years, the controversial community organizing group ACORN sought to empower marginalized communities. Its critics, though, believed ACORN exemplified everything wrong with liberal ideals, promoting government waste and ineffective activism. These competing perceptions exploded on the national stage in 2009, just as Barack Obama became president. Fueled by a YouTube video made by undercover … READ MORE

Five Questions with Nick Offerman about Wendell Berry

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky co-producer Nick Offerman, an actor of many an indie film and of course on TV’s Parks & Recreation, Fargo, and author of Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living, as well as gifted woodworker and man of many other talents, stopped by to answer five questions for us … READ MORE

Laura Dunn Draws From Wendell Berry for Look at Rural America

Laura Dunn’s first feature documentary, The Unforeseen, executive produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, aired on the Sundance Channel, and was called “a poetic and high-minded meditation on American developers’ manifest destiny and the cancer it introduces into the natural world,” by critic David Edelstein. It explored a … READ MORE

True Conviction – “Get Me Out of Prison, Man” – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film True Conviction, Christopher Scott, exonerated former prisoner-turned-investigator, talks with a distraught Isaiah Hill whom Scott feels is wrongly imprisoned. Isaiah takes him through the day of a failed robbery he was eventually arrested for, and how a racist DA ended up getting him life in prison. Scott … READ MORE

What Lies Upstream

In the unsetting exposé What Lies Upstream, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to study the unprecedented loss of clean water for over 300,000 Americans in the 2014 Elk River chemical spill. He uncovers a shocking failure of regulation from both state and federal agencies and a damaged political system where chemical companies … READ MORE

No Man’s Land – Trailer

With unfettered access, filmmaker David Byars gives a detailed, on-the-ground account of the 2016 standoff between protesters occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities during a 41-day siege. No Man’s Land documents the occupation from inception to demise and tells the story of those on the inside of this movement, attempting to uncover … READ MORE

True Conviction – Trailer

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, run by three exonerated men who all spent decades in prison. Their mission: to free other innocent people still behind bars. After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans — Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Steven Phillips — join … READ MORE

Look & See – Farmers Are Not a Component of a Machine – Clip

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens film Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky, small farmers in Kentucky talk about the challenges–financial and otherwise–of staying afloat in today’s world. Owing the banks and corporations so much money these farmers don’t see a way into the black. Interwoven with this is a look (with help from … READ MORE

Filmmaker Cullen Hoback Digs Into Political Cover-Ups and Chemical Spills in Americans Water

Filmmaker Cullen Hoback’s previous film Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013), a humorous but chilling documentary about the erosion of online privacy and what info governments and corporations are legally taking from citizens each day, has become (or remains) timely again. Hoback’s new film, What Lies Upstream, promises to remain relevant for some time as … READ MORE

The Art of the Shine

You might pass them on the sidewalk, at the mall or at the airport. They’re the shoe shiners, purveying an old school trade that seems like something out of the Mad Men era, out of step with our fast-paced, disposable consumer culture. But for the “shiners” in Stacey Tenenbaum’s joyous and quirky film The Art … READ MORE