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  1. Denise Zmekhol on the Making of Children of the Amazon

    April 14, 2010

    Children of the Amazon (airing this month on public television and Link TV -- check local listings) follows filmmaker Denise Zmekhol as she travels a modern highway deep into the Amazon in search of the indigenous children she photographed 15 years before. Her journey tells the story of what happened to life in the largest forest on Earth when a road was

  2. Anne Makepeace and Eugene Shirley Discuss the Making of I.M. Pei: Building China Modern

    March 31, 2010

    I.M. Pei: Building China Modern follows the renowned architect I.M. Pei as he returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China, to design a new museum. The film premieres tonight, Wednesday March 31 on American Masters on PBS (check local listings). Beyond the Box recently caught up with director Anne Makepeace and producer Eugene Shirley to give you an

  3. Filmmaker Profile: Avon Kirkland Discusses Legacy of Sam Cooke

    February 26, 2010

    Documentary filmmaker Avon Kirkland didn’t follow the typical path to filmmaking – earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and working as a research scientist and educational publishing executive before starting a career in television in 1972. Since then, his work as a producer, director, and writer has focused on

  4. John Antonelli Discusses Inspiration Behind Sam Cooke

    January 28, 2010

    The ITVS film Sam Cooke: Crossing Over recently premiered on American Masters on PBS. The film looks at the musical and political significance of composer, performer, and pioneering pop music entrepreneur Sam Cooke and the circumstances that led to his murder. Beyond the Box recently caught up with producer John Antonelli to discuss his interest in the

  5. Robert Clift Looks at Racial Identity in Hip-Hop Music

    January 21, 2010

    Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity, airing in February on public television, explores the tension between white racial identity and black cultural propriety at a time when hip-hop is redefining American life. Filmmaker Robert Clift recounts some of the questions he received about the film and what it was like working with white rappers --