Independent Lens PBS Screening : Through A Lens Darkly & American Denial

Independent films have a certain unique raw tone that I believe tell stories in an unrestricted way especially in Black Film. A few of my favorite Independent films that relate to Black History have made their way to TV via PBS. The Next two Mondays nights  in Feb should be itched in your calendar to view these gripping stories below.

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African-Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People will premiere on Jan 16th 2015 10pm eastern time on PBS Independent Lens Platform. This film probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost of African-American people.

Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African-American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon.

The Filmmaker ,Thomas Allen Harris, is the founder and president of Chimpanzee Productions, a company dedicated to producing unique audiovisual experiences that illuminate the human condition and the search for identity, family, and spirituality.  A graduate of Harvard College, Harris lectures widely on the use of media as a tool for social change.
Also Airing on Jan 23rd 10pm on PBS is American Denial

American Denial sheds light on the unconscious political and moral world of modern Americans, using archival footage, newsreels, nightly news reports, and rare southern home movies from the ‘30s and ‘40s, as well as research footage, websites, and YouTube films showing psychological testing of racial attitudes. Exploring “stop-and-frisk” practices, the incarceration crisis, and racially-patterned poverty, the film features a wide array of historians, psychologists, and sociologists who offer expert insight and share their own personal, unsettling stories.

Llewellyn Smith is co-founder and project director at Blue Spark Collaborative, and created a number of award-winning films with his producing partner Christine Herbes-Sommers at Vital Pictures.

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