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  1. Vilmos Zsigmond Answers Your Questions

    June 29, 2010

    Iconic cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond — DP on such classics as The Deer Hunter, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind— sat down with Independent Lens to answer a few of the questions the audience posed to him earlier this season. Find out who his favorite directors and fellow cinematographers are, what’s wrong with American film

  2. Inside a Soccer Soap Opera in Africa

    June 24, 2010

    With World Cup fever upon us, Patrick Reed, director of the upcoming ITVS International production The Team, describes filming the making of a soap opera about soccer in Kenya. The fictional program was intended to unite and distract Kenyans in the aftermath of violence following the 2007 elections. The film is still in production. With the 2010 World Cup

  3. Behind the Scenes: Kunstler's Daughters Reflect

    June 23, 2010

    William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe aired last night on P.O.V. on PBS. But the conversation continued online well into the next day. Filmmakers Emily and Sarah Kunstler both logged on for a live chat with their audience immediately after the broadcast. With America's best known civil rights lawyer still fresh in everyone's thoughts, the

  4. Music and Movies Save Mountains

    May 27, 2010

    As we watched the sold-out crowd in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium rise to its feet while Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Big Kenny, and several other musicians joined their voices together to raise awareness for the issue of mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, it dawned on us: as of today,

  5. A Mother’s Day message from Sunshine’s Karen Skloss

    May 3, 2010

    Karen Skloss, producer/director of Sunshine(premiering May 4 at 10 PM on Independent Lens on PBS, check local listings), shares the process that brought her to find her biological mother and to carry her pregnancy to term, as well as the social stigmas that subtly color our view of single parenthood.I suppose anyone who is adopted wonders about their