Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. The documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter, challenging the very definition of what America stands for.
Independent Lens: Unrest
Filmmaker Jennifer Brea was a Harvard PhD student when she was struck down by a mysterious fever that left her bedridden. Eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, she and her new husband, Omar, were left to grapple with how to shape a future together in the face of a lifelong illness. At its very core, Unrest is a love story.
Independent Lens: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Examining the life and work of Armistead Maupin, one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Untold Tales is told in playful and poignant fashion, reflective of the author himself.
Elevate, Incubate & Demonstrate: Advancing Asian American Artists
Asian American filmmakers made history again at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Industry leaders, including Justin Chon, Effie Brown and Grace Lee, discussed the current and future state of Asian Americans in media at the Elevate, Incubate & Demonstrate: Advancing Asian American Artists panel in Park City, Utah.
Global Spirit: Earth Wisdom for a World In Crisis
Due to climate change, the United Nations has realized that native peoples may possess some critical keys to the survival of our species and ecosystems. Global Spirit documents the proceedings of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and also interviews a range of renowned indigenous leaders and tribal representatives.
Global Spirit: Sound of the Soul
A compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. Photographed during the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music,Sound of the Soul demonstrates how music is a unifying, transcendent force, and a strong starting point for reducing conflict and crossing religious divides.
Global Spirit: The Call of Wisdom
Examine the true nature of wisdom, how it is recognized, and why our survival today as a species and a planet may depend on it. Author Jean Shinoda Bolen and professor Roger Walsh come together to discuss The Call of Wisdom and address a range of important questions such as: Are we now as a species, headed for wisdom or catastrophe?
Global Spirit: Sacred Ecology
Explore the natural world as an access point to the sacred. Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy meets ecologist Michael Tobias to explore some of the most basic existential questions: How do we see “ourselves” amongst the wider family of Earth’s inhabitants? Are our human notions of “ecology” or of “the sacred” blind to nature’s fundamental laws and truths?