Viewing Topic: Arts & ArtistsView All
American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawaii

by Lisette Flanary and Evann Siebens

Few American icons are as well known for their popular kitsch as the hula dance. From old Hollywood movies to entertainment for tourists, the hip-swaying girls in grass skirts and colorful lei have long masked an ancient cultural tradition. Now, after years of being shadowed by stereotypes, the hula is experiencing a rebirth that celebrates Hawaiian culture across the American mainland.

POV, True Stories

Downside Up

by Nancy Kelly

Downside Up tells the story of how a blue-collar town in rural Massachusetts reinvented itself in the post-industrial economy by opening the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas

by Jonathan Robinson

Every Child is Born a Poet is a multimedia chronicle of Nuyorican author Piri Thomas’s transformation from gang member and prison convict to acclaimed writer, activist, and educator.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story

by Jamie Meltzer

An engaging look at the fascinating subculture of the song-poem industry, where a dream and a song come together as ordinary people mail in their poems to be set to music for a fee.

True Stories, Independent Lens

Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America

by Phil Bertelsen, and Katy Chevigny

Looking at three families brought together and sometimes pushed apart by transracial adoption, Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America explores the personal, political, and socio-cultural implications of white parents adopting black children.

True Stories

Summerstock

by Robby Henson

From auditions in New York, to stressful rehearsals, love affairs, and opening night, the Pioneer Playhouse in Danville, Kentucky cranks into another hectic summerstock season.

True Stories

Sweet Old Song

by Leah Mahan

An intimate portrait of the extraordinary relationship between two African American artists who have been collaborating as musicians and visual artists since 1983.

POV, True Stories

EXPLORE FILMS

By Topic