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Avant

by Juan Alvarez Neme

In Uruguay, a forgotten national ballet company performing in a half-finished theater is shaken into life by the arrival of Julio Bocca, one of the best ballet dancers of all time.

Global Perspectives Collection

Beauty Is Embarrassing

by Neil Berkeley

Raised in the mountains of Tennessee, Wayne White found success as one of the creators of the TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which led to more work designing some of the most arresting and iconic images in pop culture.

Independent Lens

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

by Constance Marks

Kevin Clash grew up dreaming of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Today, he is the man behind Elmo, among Sesame Street's most beloved characters.

Independent Lens

Upcoming broadcasts 

Belarusian Waltz

by Andrzej Fidyk and Torstein Grude

In Belarus, Europe's last dictatorship, performance artist Alexander Pushkin uses his "patriotic" art to protest his government's policies and persecution.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, POV

Between the Folds

by Vanessa Gould

Between the Folds chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid theoretical scientists who have abandoned careers and hard-earned graduate degrees — all to forge unconventional lives as modern-day paper-folders.

Independent Lens

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Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

by Gordon Quinn, Bob Hercules, Joanna Rudnick, and Keith Walker

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man follows the Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he conceives and executes a dance production based on the life of Abraham Lincoln. The New York Times claimed that Jones's "portrayal of Lincoln is likely to scandalize as many people as it delights."

American Masters

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

by Robert Levi

The composer of "Take the A-Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, Billy Strayhorn struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous middle of the 20th century.

Independent Lens

Bird by Bird with Annie: A Portrait of Anne Lamott

by Freida Lee Mock

A profile of bestselling author, humorist, recovering alcoholic, born-again Christian and single mother Anne Lamott.

Independent Lens

The Black Kungfu Experience

by Martha Burr and Mei-Juin Chen

From Blaxploitation cinema in the 1970s to hip-hop and reggae iconography, the martial art of kungfu provides a vital subtext for the modern African American cultural experience.

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

by Robert A. Clift

As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.

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