Film School Shorts
Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:30pm

Episode 104 -

Fireworks (Columbia), Pearl Was Here (Cal Arts) and Spark (Univ. of Texas):

Against a Fourth of July backdrop in Los Angeles, two boys with firecrackers go on a quest to impress a group of girls. Directed by Victor Hugo Duran

A scraggly girl slips away from her mother to hide among stuffed animals in the safe and sealed environment of a claw machine. Written, directed by Kate Marks.

Ricky is left outside while his dad visits a lady friend. Suddenly, he’s confronted by her daughter, Callie. Written, directed by Annie Silverstein.

To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe
Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:00pm

This all-female news analysis series continues as an essential, timely forum for women to discuss national and international issues and policies. The program covers news and offers a platform for views that are rarely, if ever, available elsewhere on television. TO THE CONTRARY continues to make women’s voices heard on all issues affecting women, families and communities of color.

Independent Lens
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 7:00pm

Trace the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:00pm

The Bakken oil boom is bringing billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to North Dakota. A substantial part of the oil production is concentrated on an Indian reservation. Fort Berthold Reservation’s 1,000-plus oil wells have brought in money and jobs for some, but oil has also brought danger — organized crime, hard drugs, traffic fatalities — and other problems. Tribal members speak about the benefits and consequences of the boom.

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:00pm

HUMBLE BEAUTY documents the ability of art to calm, inspire, ask questions or provide answers, and even help forge entirely new identities. The one-hour documentary follows a group of talented homeless and formerly homeless artists from the area of Los Angeles known as Skid Row, reportedly home to the largest concentration of indigent people in the United States. For four years, the filmmakers chronicled spontaneous moments from the artists' lives, captured intimate interviews and charted the evolution of their artwork. HUMBLE BEAUTY highlights how this tight-knit Skid Row community nourishes these artists and helps imbue their lives with meaning.

America Reframed
Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:00pm

The story of a year's time at Dignity Harbor; one of three homeless encampments along the Mississippi River in the downtown area of St. Louis, north of the Arch. They must survive living in the cold of the harsh winter, but as temperatures drop and tempers rise, the camp members are challenged with living together. All of this while the city looms over, waiting for a chance to move them out.

Dignity Harbor introduces us to 'OG', the three-year leader of Dignity Harbor, who builds wooden huts to replace old tents as winter slowly begins to creep in. He and the other men of the camp have sworn to protect and harbor any abused women. They work hard to split and sell donated firewood to keep that goal alive, along with themselves.

As winter comes and goes, Dignity Harbor faces challenges, not only by Mother Nature's hands, but by their own. A camp member brutally mugs one of its own while another two fight over sexual orientation, all mixed with paranoia and drugs, leaving the camp at the brink of collapse. With the city threatening to kick the encampments off the land after fires, violence and a murder, will Dignity Harbor last another year?

Film School Shorts
Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:30pm

Episode 103 - “LETTING GO” TV-PG(L,V)

The Chair (NYU) and Bunny (Columbia): Inspired by a true childhood event, a young boy in Philadelphia marches into the ghetto to retrieve his pet rabbit from the boy who stole him. Written and directed by Robert Snow.

Moyers and Company
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:00pm

MOYERS & COMPANY investigates issues that matter to American democracy, particularly the continuing influence of big money and corporate self-interest on politics, the economy and daily life. Each week, veteran journalist Bill Moyers hosts compelling conversations with today's top thinkers about new ideas, crucial issues and workable solutions. Select episodes also feature Moyers' own meticulously researched essays on a variety of topics.

American Masters
Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:00pm

Most famous for her seminal novel The Color Purple, writer/activist Alice Walker celebrates her 70th birthday. Born February 9, 1944, into a family of sharecroppers in rural Georgia, she came of age during the violent racism and seismic social changes of mid-20th-century America. Her mother, poverty and participation in the civil rights movement were the formative influences on her consciousness, becoming the inherent themes in her writing. The first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Walker continues to shine a light on global human rights issues. Her dramatic life is told with poetry and lyricism, and includes interviews with Steven Spielberg, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Howard Zinn, Gloria Steinem, Sapphire and Walker herself.

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:00pm

American suburbs are becoming more diverse, but the “exurbs” that surround them remain overwhelmingly white. In fact, while whites account for only eight percent of total U.S. population growth, they make up 73 percent of growth in exurban areas. Visit Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a town that successfully ousted the Aryan Nations in 2000, but remains more than 94 percent white. Explore both the allure and complexity of living in a homogenous community.

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