Independent Lens: Q&A with Lost Sparrow Filmmaker Chris Billing

November 15th, 2010

Journalist and filmmaker Chris Billing recently talked to Independent Lens about making Lost Sparrow, a deeply personal film about the secrets that killed his brothers and tore his family apart. The film premieres on Independent Lens on Tuesday, November 16 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Interview courtesy of Independent Lens. For more interviews and other Independent Lens film content, visit their blog.
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2010 Mark Twain Prize Awarded to Tina Fey

November 10th, 2010

Tina Fey

This year’s 13th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will honor actress, writer, producer, and comedienne Tina Fey.  Taped at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, the special will feature Fey’s colleagues past and present, including Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Martin, Jane Krakowski, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, and many others.
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New Episodes of "The City Concealed" Premiere November 9 on Thirteen.org

November 4th, 2010
Think you know New York? The City Concealed, Thirteen.org’s online video series dedicated to exploring the unseen corners of the city, takes viewers to places where even the most jaded New Yorkers have likely never ventured.

From locations you never knew existed to places usually off-limits, the new season of The City Concealed explores a wide range of hidden sites. We’ll visit the birthplace of the jazz speakeasy in Harlem, and check in on the last remaining Greek synagogue in the Lower East Side. We’ll visit the original baseball stadium of the New York Black Yankees of the Negro Leagues, and take you to a circa 1917 fort in the Rockaways. And much more.

New episodes of The City Concealed will be featured each week, beginning Tuesday, November 9.
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Independent Lens: Q&A with Reel Injun Filmmaker Neil Diamond

November 2nd, 2010

Tonight is the premiere of Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. Independent Lens caught up with filmmaker Neil Diamond to talk about the film and his motivations. Catch the film tonight, November 2, at 10 p.m. on Independent Lens.

Interview courtesy of Independent Lens. For more interviews and other Independent Lens film content, visit their blog.

Filmmaker Neil Diamond

What impact do you hope this film will have?

I hope it will make people question their opinions and beliefs about Native people and perhaps go out and see some of the many films Native people have been making for a number of years now.

What led you to make this film?

The idea for Reel Injun came from questions people asked me about Native people when I first moved to the south to study. Like, did we still live in teepees and ride horses?
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Circus to Premiere November 3 on THIRTEEN

October 28th, 2010

The Flying Cortes trapeze troupe

Next week, the Big Apple Circus comes to THIRTEEN in PBS’ new multi-part documentary, Circus.  The film will take viewers behind-the-scenes to explore the unique world of circus performers, including the rigorous training and rehearsals, and the ups and downs of touring, and the exhilaration that accompanies it all.

Circus premieres Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 9 p.m on THIRTEEN.  For more information on the show, check out full episode descriptions.
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Independent Lens: Q&A with Art & Copy Filmmaker Doug Pray

October 26th, 2010

Director Doug Pray

Art & Copy debuts on Independent Lens on Tuesday, October 26 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN.  Meanwhile, here’s some behind-the-scenes insight from director Doug Pray:

What impact do you hope this film will have?

I hope it will encourage better advertising. Commercial communication is not going to disappear from our environment anytime soon. Ninety-five percent of it is terrible. Can it be improved? Made more inspiring? Funnier? More socially redeeming? Can it be effective in a way that goes beyond just selling a product? The people in Art & Copy believe it can be done, and have, at times, proven so.
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