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by Tim Slade and Joanna Buggy

In four corners of the globe on four different days throughout the year, four violinists and a small ensemble of their musician friends come together to perform one of the most well loved pieces of music in the world; Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

Global Perspectives Collection, Global Voices

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man

by Gordon Quinn, Bob Hercules, Joanna Rudnick, and Keith Walker

Bill T. Jones: A Good Man follows the Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he conceives and executes a dance production based on the life of Abraham Lincoln. The New York Times claimed that Jones's "portrayal of Lincoln is likely to scandalize as many people as it delights."

American Masters

Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

by Robert Levi

The composer of "Take the A-Train" and other Duke Ellington hits, Billy Strayhorn struggled with obscurity and prejudice as a successful gay man in the tumultuous middle of the 20th century.

Independent Lens

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity

by Robert A. Clift

As hip-hop music and culture continue to redefine American life, its influence exposes the high stakes of the struggle to cross or maintain the cultural divide.

Brothers Hypnotic

by Reuben Atlas

The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not-always-willing participants in an unorthodox upbringing, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father's ideals against their own brotherly vision.

Independent Lens

Upcoming broadcasts 

Companeras

by Elizabeth Massie and Matthew Buzzell

Compañeras profiles America’s first all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, founded in 1994.

Global Voices, Independent Lens

Copyright Criminals

by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod

Can you own a sound? Copyright Criminals examines the history and influence of musical sampling, provoking debates about copyright, compensation, and creativity in the age of intellectual property.

Independent Lens

D Tour

by Jim Granato

Refusing to let a failing kidney deter him, indie rock drummer Pat Spurgeon goes on tour with his band while searching for a donor and administering his own dialysis.

Independent Lens

Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey

by Ramona S. Diaz

In a real-life fairy tale, a Filipino singer is plucked from YouTube to front the iconic American band Journey, and must deal with the pressures of replacing a legend while leading the band on their longest world tour in ages.

Independent Lens

Upcoming broadcasts 

End of the Century: The Ramones

by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia

End of the Century follows punk progenitors The Ramones through more than two decades of touring, recording, and bickering.

Independent Lens

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