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Deep Down

by Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen

Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine.

Independent Lens


by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

Can the Motor City rise from its ashes? There is a growing feeling that as Detroit goes, so goes the nation. This film tells the dramatic story of a city and its most innovative people who refuse to leave the building, even as the flames are rising.

Independent Lens

Dinka Diaries

by Filmon Mebrahu

Five Sudanese refugee orphans resettled near Philadelphia use digital cameras to tell their experiences adjusting to American culture and a new way of life.

Eating Alabama

by Andrew Beck Grace

A filmmaker turns the camera on himself as he and his wife upend their lives in pursuit of local food, discovering along the way stories about community, sustainability, and identity.

The Eyes of Me

by Keith Maitland

How do you see yourself, when you can’t see at all? Follow four visually impaired teenagers in Texas as they face the usual challenges of adolescence while simultaneously learning to navigate a world designed for the sighted.

Independent Lens

Fair Play

by David Herman

A troupe of actors — most with learning disabilities — confront the challenges of being different, while rehearsing The Choice, an acclaimed play about abortion.

Global Perspectives Collection

The Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans

by Dawn Logsdon

Nestled at the edge of New Orleans’ fabled French Quarter, Faubourg Tremé is one of America’s oldest African American neighborhoods: it is also the origin of the civil rights movement in the South, and the birthplace of jazz.

Fender Philosophers

by Lisa Leeman

The bumper sticker is the status update of the highway: a means of identifying oneself by association with political philosophies, religious beliefs, or even dirty jokes. This film explores America’s love affair with the bumper sticker.

Figures of Speech

by Tommy Pallotta and Bob Sabiston

Figures of Speech is a collection of regular people telling personal stories, while the film is overlain with transmogrifying graphics manipulated by a different artist.

A Fish Story

by Courtney Hayes and Tim Gallagher

A Fish Story is a tale of two women who lead their communities in a battle against a coalition of national environmental groups for control of the ocean. Three hundred years of fishing tradition and the health of the ocean hang in the balance.

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