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by Jessica Yu
This experimental documentary portrays the work of Henry Darger, a janitor by day and “outsider artist” by night who transcended social isolation and poverty by creating his own world through art.
by Daniel Junge, Siatta Scott-Johnson, Henry Ansbacher, and Jonathan Stack
Go behind the scenes with Africa’s first freely elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, of Liberia.
Global Voices, Women and Girls Lead, Global Perspectives Collection, Independent Lens
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.
by Brian Gerber and Matthew Buzzell
Overcoming Kallman's Syndrome, prejudice, self-destruction and powerful enemies in the music industry, rediscovered jazz legend Jimmy Scott recounts his rise and fall and rise again as one of the most distinctive vocalists of our time.
by Tracie Holder and Karen Thorsen
Joe Papp in Five Acts is the story of New York’s indomitable, street-wise champion of the arts who introduced interracial casting to the American stage and brought us free Shakespeare in the Park, Hair, and A Chorus Line.
by Dick Rude
This eight-minute mini-rockumentary features legendary Clash frontman Joe Strummer on his last tour.
by David Berger and Holly Maxon
An insider's view of jazz and life in 20th-century America, as told by legendary bassist and photographer Milt Hinton (1910-2000) and his fellow musicians.
by Ela Troyano
Legendary Afro-Cuban pop singer Lupe Yoli, the Queen of Latin Soul, was famous for her emotional — and controversial — performances before her tragic death in 1992.
By Chris Browne, Billy Bryan, and Alex Browne
Tracing the history of professional bowling in America from its glory days in the 1950s and 1960s to its near extinction by the late 1990s, A League of Ordinary Gentlemen follows the fate of the newly modernized Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and four pro bowlers as they compete on tour.
by Ada Gay Griffin and Michelle Parkerson
Audre Lorde was a fiercely passionate American visionary whose poetry and prose spoke to her deepest convictions — love and anger, civil rights and sexuality, family politics, and the glories of nature.