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Xmas Without China

12, 2013

I heard on the news today that even more stores in Columbus have decided to open early on Thanksgiving Day.  I can understand the retailers desire to get a jump on the holiday shopping season but it makes me sad to see commercialism taking over the day.   I’ll admit I have been known to venture [...]

Wonder Women on Independent Lens

16, 2013

Directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and produced by Kelcey Edwards, WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES airs Sunday, April 21 at 10pm on WOSU TV.   From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! represents women’s empowerment.  This film,  a fun and warmly witty look at [...]

Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream

16, 2012

This week on “Independent Lens” Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in “Park Avenue: Money, Power & The American Dream.” Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States. He uses Park Avenue [...]

Olympic Stories

27, 2012

The Olympics are an exciting time.  Most likely you will run into someone tomorrow who will be expressing their opinion of  the opening ceremonies. I was fortunate enough to be living in Atlanta during the 1996 games and attended several events.  One of my favorite memories was my Dad, brother, sister and sister-in-law returning from [...]

What’s It Like Being Elmo?

5, 2012

On Monday night WOSU TV will premiere “Independent Lens: Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey”.  My childhood was “Captain Kangaroo” and the crazy characters from Hanna-Barbera.  By the time “Sesame Street” made it’s debut I was more interested in “Zoom”.   My younger brother was the “Sesame Street” viewer in our house during their early years, at [...]

Independent Lens: Donor Unknown

20, 2011

DONOR UNKNOWN follows the story of JoEllen Marsh, 20, as she goes in search of the sperm donor father she only knows as Donor 150. Along the way, she meets siblings she never knew existed.

Welcome to Shelbyville: America’s Small Town Melting Pot

2, 2011

Welcome to Shelbyville is a look at America at a crossroads. In a small Tennessee town in the heart of the Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics.

Two Spirits, But Not Two Genders

20, 2011

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at 16.

Waste Land

22, 2011

Filmed over nearly three years, Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of catadores — or garbage pickers. The catadores [...]

William S. Burroughs: A Man Within

25, 2011

Shotgun Art. Heroin Addict. Satirist. Cut-up technique. Do not ask me to explain Burroughs or his work; Naked Lunch was one of the most bewildering experiences I’ve ever had, and not in a good way. But his legacy matters. William S. Burroughs: A Man Within investigates the life of the legendary beat author and American [...]