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by Austin Allen
Claiming Open Spaces explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film includes a comprehensive section on New Orleans — the vital place of historical significance that this city holds, and its role in continuing African American tradition and culture. The film is both a critical examination of the design and histories of American urban open space, as well as a celebration of leisure, recreation, and resistance.
by Morgan Neville
From 1957 to 1966, the Ferus Gallery was the catalyst of modern art in Los Angeles. Launching the careers of luminaries like Warhol, Ruscha and Lichtenstein, Ferus built an art scene from scratch and transformed the cultural climate of the West Coast.
by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod
Can you own a sound? Copyright Criminals examines the history and influence of musical sampling, provoking debates about copyright, compensation, and creativity in the age of intellectual property.
by Stacy Peralta
It’s a civil war that’s lasted 40 years. Passed down from son to son. Fought eye for an eye. More than 15,000 dead and counting, while the world stands by. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles.
by Katherine Leichter and Jonathan Skurnik
A Day’s Work, a Day’s Pay, a one hour long video documentary, following three people on public assistance fighting for a just and effective welfare-to-work system.
by Judy Lieff
Aneta Brodski, a deaf teen living in New York City, discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. As she prepares to be one of the first deaf poets to compete in a spoken-word slam, her journey leads to an unexpected collaboration.
by Bob Hercules and Bruce Orenstein
An examination of legendary community organizer Saul Alinsky’s life and legacy through the work being done by contemporary “people’s organizations.”
by Amir Soltani
Dogtown Redemption explores the complex dynamics of race, class, and systemic poverty as it tells the story of four recyclers in Oakland who struggle to survive in a neighborhood already decimated by unemployment, addiction, and violence.
by Nancy Kelly
Downside Up tells the story of how a blue-collar town in rural Massachusetts reinvented itself in the post-industrial economy by opening the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.
Independent Lens, True Stories
by Marlo Bendau
A youth intervention program at the Los Angeles Fire Department is influencing hundreds of lives.