Spike Lee helps a film student face his past
When a film student decided to revisit his criminal teenage past, he found a powerful ally in filmmaker Spike Lee.
— Denver Post
The New Black
When race, religion, and LGBT identity collide.
— Out Smart Magazine
PBS Premieres God Loves Uganda on Independent Lens Tonight
One of the most acclaimed documentaries of the year, God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry.
— Broadway World
American Evangelicals Persecute Gays in Uganda: A Frightening PBS Expose
The documentary tracks how Evangelical Christian missionaries from the United States supported and help push through The Anti-Homosexuality Act in the Ugandan legislature.
In a Blaze of Confusion
Documentaries don’t come more sparse or more disturbing than Let the Fire Burn, Jason Osder’s examination of the disastrous confrontation between the police and the radical group MOVE in Philadelphia in May 1985.
— New York Times
Essay: A Fragile Trust shows irresponsibility behind Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal
The morning of April 26, 2003, started badly. And it got worse.
— Washington Post
A Fragile Trust, TV review
New report on Jayson Blair case looks at the issues behind a newspaper's weakness against deception
— New York Daily News
The Most Notorious Plagiarizer Ever? Jayson Blair Tells His Story in PBS Film
On Monday, PBS’ Independent Lens premieres A Fragile Trust, a documentary about the rise and fall of journalist Jayson Blair. He came to the New York Times as a superstar feature writer and left in disgrace after he was caught plagiarizing the work of other reporters – multiple times.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Jayson Blair and all the lies not fit to print
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power and Jayson Blair at the New York Times reintroduces us to the central figure in one of the great media scandals of all time, the one-time wunderkind who lied and plagiarized his way through a career on what is arguably the greatest stage in American journalism, The New York Times. He claimed to have been places he had not gone, to have interviewed people he had not met, to have witnessed scenes he had not seen. He stole the work of other reporters and passed it off as his own.
— Sacramento Bee
A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times
This telling Independent Lens documentary concerns Jayson Blair, the former New York Times reporter whose serial plagiarism and filing of news stories filled with fabrications led to a scandal, in 2003, that would end in the resignation of Howell Raines, the paper's executive editor, and Gerald Boyd, managing editor.
— Wall Street Journal