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Children of Haiti

14, 2011

Haiti was poor long before the Earth added insult to injury a year ago. On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and devastated the capital city, Port-au-Prince. Although the exact number was difficult to determine, an estimated 316,000 people were killed. Countless structures were destroyed, and not enough has been put back [...]

Men Who Swim

8, 2011

In the midst of mid-life crises, an all-male synchronized swim team is born. Stop snickering. This is serious. Filmmaker Dylan Williams tries to cheer himself up by joining an all-male synchronized swim team. He discovers a dozen other men struggling with the indignities of age and the uncertainty of a life half-lived in this look [...]

Four Five Three Six Five

15, 2010

“45365″ is about the ordinary, a snapshot of daily life in Sidney, Ohio – the very essence of Middle America. If David Lynch had directed it, it would be about the sinister underbelly that lies in the souls of everyday folks. But, no. This is by Bill and Turner Ross, their first feature length film, [...]

The Longoria Affair (El caso Longoria)

16, 2010

Sixty years ago in Three Rivers, Texas, the only funeral home in town refused to hold a wake for Felix Longoria, a decorated Mexican American soldier killed in battle during World War II. Longoria’s widow was told, simply, “The whites wouldn’t like it.” Those words became front-page news across the country, sparking outrage and setting [...]

Parking Lot Movie

23, 2010

I’ve spent the last part of this week viewing a few new programs that will be available to us within the next couple of months. Even though it’s October I’m beginning to think about January’s program schedule. If I’m going to start shifting programs around on the schedule there are two months during the year [...]

Goodbye Solo

21, 2010

Writer/director/producer Ramin Bahrani talks about the real-life cab driver, elderly man, and location that inspired “Goodbye Solo,” and the night-shift cab rides that helped him prepare for making the film. Independent Lens: “Goodbye Solo” airs on WOSU TV on 10/22 at 1:00am. On the lonely roads of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, two men forge an improbable [...]