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After the Storm

by Andrew Grace

After the Storm is an interactive documentary that tells the first-person story of what happens in the wake of a devastating tornado that ripped through central Alabama in 2011. Written as a letter to future disaster survivors, it’s a universal story of survival, healing, and resilience.

All of Me

by Alexandra Lescaze

The “Girls” have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship, and love.

Independent Lens

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The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out

by Jay Rosenstein

In a small Illinois college town, a music student creates a lesbian/feminist choral group, transforming the community as she builds an award-winning ensemble.

Independent Lens

The Amish & Us

by Dirk Eitzen

A documentary that examines the impact of the tourist industry on an Amish community in Pennsylvania.


by Anthony Sloan

A portrait of one family's struggle to maintain one of only two remaining family-run apple orchards in Wise County, Virginia.

Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet

by Pam Roberts

Filmed amid the beauty of the Rockies, Backbone of the World: The Blackfeet recounts the tale of the Badger-Two Medicine, the last Blackfeet sacred treaty land threatened by a government call for oil exploration.

The Battle for Mono Lake

by Stephen Jay Fisher

Thirty years of controversy, grassroots action, and unlikely alliances finally led to a way to protect a desert lake.

Black Gold Boom

by Todd Melby

One of the most serene places in America has become a brash, noisy place full of drilling rigs and massive trucks. A 30-minute television documentary and transmedia project, Black Gold Boom explores how North Dakota's oil boom has changed lives and altered the peaceful prairie.

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.

The Buffalo War

by Matthew Testa and Bryan Cole

The Buffalo War examines the culture clash between Native Americans, ranchers, environmentalists, and government agents currently battling over the yearly slaughter of America's last wild bison.

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