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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

by Tamra Davis

Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend, the iconoclastic artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in this examination of a brilliant life cut short.

Independent Lens

July '64

by Christine Christopher and Carvin Eison

In the summer of 1964, a three-night riot erupted in two predominantly black neighborhoods in downtown Rochester, New York.

Independent Lens

The Kitchen

by Andre Degas and Jodi Lahaye

When a son defies his Egyptian father's wishes in a convenience store in Hell's Kitchen, old world values clash with those of an assimilated younger generation.

Let the Fire Burn

by Jason Osder

Documentary brings to life one of the most tumultuous clashes between government and citizens in modern U.S. history, as a longtime feud between Philadelphia police and controversial radical urban group MOVE came to a tragic climax in 1985.

Independent Lens

Livable Landscapes: By Chance or by Choice?

by Melissa Paly

Examining the connection between landscape and community in northern New England, Livable Landscapes: By Chance or By Choice? looks at how growth and sprawl affect quality of life and how a community works to preserve its unique character.

Love & Diane

by Jennifer Dworkin

Love & Diane explores a crucial period in the lives of two adolescent cousins, Love Hinson and Selina Hazzard, who aspire to a better life in the face of extraordinary challenges.

POV

New Cops

by Ron Kanter

New Cops explores what it takes to be a police officer by following new recruits through eight months of training at the Philadelphia Police Academy, and returning five years later to to see how they are doing on the job.

Once Upon a Time in the Bronx

by Ela Troyano

Exploration of the the bicultural and bilingual experiences of Latinos and Latinas living in New York.

Quest: The Fury and the Sound

by Jonathan Olshefski and Sabrina Schmidt Gordon

Shot over nearly a decade, Quest: The Fury and the Sound was originally planned as a documentary portrait of the Rainey family and their home music studio, which serves as a special sanctuary within their North Philadelphia neighborhood. When a stray bullet wounds their youngest daughter, the film shows the family’s strength in the face of adversity and their dedication to being a force for good in their community.

Red Hook Justice

by Meema Spadola

Red Hook Justice follows the ups and downs of several defendants and staffers involved in an experimental court in the crime-ridden neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn — part of a legal revolution that has become a model for courts nationwide.

Independent Lens, True Stories

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