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by Immy Humes

The amazing adventures of novelist and Paris Review founder Harold Louis “Doc” Humes — featuring a paper house, the Hip Messiah, Don Peyote, Leary, Mailer, Auster, and the FBI. A story about ideas, drugs, literature, protest, and paranoia, that sheds light on American cultural history as well as an original mind.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

Evolution of a Criminal

by Darius Clark Monroe

In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey of reflection and forgiveness.

Independent Lens

An Honest Liar

by Tyler Meason

An Honest Liar is the story of world-famous magician, escape artist, and renowned enemy of deception James “The Amazing” Randi, bringing to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor.

Independent Lens

The Horse Boy

by Michel Orion Scott

When their son is diagnosed with autism, one Texas couple seeks the best medical treatment. Nothing works — until they discover their son’s connection to horses, and take a spiritual journey to Mongolia on an epic quest for healing.

Independent Lens

How Is Your Fish Today?

by Xiaolu Guo

Working on his latest screenplay in Beijing, Hui Rao is suffering from writer’s block when he begins to live as the character he is trying to create.

Independent Lens, Global Perspectives Collection

In Football We Trust

by Tony Vainuku

In Football We Trust is the yet-untold story of the Polynesian football pipeline, from the Islands to Utah via the Mormon Church — to the NFL.

Independent Lens

Lakshmi and Me

by Nishtha Jain and Smriti Nevatia

In this intimate examination of the relationship between Indian filmmaker Nishtha Jain and her young maid, Lakshmi, Jain holds up a mirror to her own culture and the pervasive caste system that can still determine an individual’s fate in life.

Global Voices, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens

Life Matters

by Kyle Boyd

In the 1960s, Baptist minister Curtis Boyd left his East Texas pulpit to become a doctor, providing safe abortions before it was legal. A documentary portrait by his son Kyle, Life Matters offers a myth-shattering look at a father, his times and his community.

Independent Lens

Little White Lie

by Lacey Schwartz

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper-middle-class household with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she's always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret.

Independent Lens


by Rachel Raney and David Murray

The hunt for a missing time capsule reveals the heart of this eccentric California suburban town, home to a controversial totem pole, a supernatural light bulb, and a nuclear research lab.

Independent Lens


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