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by Jim Wolpaw and Steve Gentile
Recruiting a stand-up comic, a rock band, feuding academics, and Hollywood actresses to his cause, an irreverent filmmaker searches for the secret something that gave Emily Dickinson her poetic power.
by Jeff Malmberg
After a vicious attack leaves him brain damaged and broke, Mark Hogancamp seeks recovery in Marwencol, a 1/6th-scale World War II-era town that he creates in his backyard.
by Rebecca Marshall
A personal narrative about the life and death of award-winning playwright and actor Jason Miller.
by Gabriel Noble
Rapper Priscilla Diaz was dazzling New York nightclub crowds at age nine. But chasing music stardom isn’t child’s play when you live in a shelter, your mom’s an addict, and your dad’s struggling to keep the family afloat.
by Avon Kirkland
A vivid portrait of one of the seminal — and too often overlooked — intellectual figures of our time, Ralph Ellison explores the life and legacy of the man whose writings continue to send reverberations through America's cultural life.
by Bann Roy
When the New York City Fire Department tried to push women out of firefighting, Brenda Berkman pushed back. Her story, and those of other pioneer female firefighters, reveals the price these women paid to break the department’s gender barrier.
True Stories, Independent Lens
by Lizzie Gottlieb
Nicky Gottlieb was a child of extraordinary talents and odd behavior. At age 21, he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism. Today’s Man follows Nicky over the course of six years as he struggles to leave the safety of his family’s home and find his own place in the world.
by Gwendolen Cates
In 2005, the remarkable dancer Jock Soto retired from the New York City Ballet at age 40, after a 24-year career. His journey as an openly gay man of Navajo and Puerto Rican descent provides a rare glimpse into the life of a dancer and the disparate influences that shaped him.
by Anne Makepeace
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years.
Women and Girls Lead, Independent Lens
by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
An intimate portrait of the late civil rights attorney William Kunstler, who risked everything for his beliefs.