Through the lens of independent films, this series tells the many stories of a transforming American culture and its broad diversity. It takes an unfiltered look at relevant domestic topics (healthcare, immigration, the workplace, and politics) with personal storytelling tied to programming social themes. The series showcases films that will give viewers a "snapshot" of the transforming American life - the guts, the glory, the grit of a new and changing America. From contemporary life on Native American reservations to stories of recovery on the Gulf, from hardships and revitalization in towns big and small, to stories from city streets across the country, these independent, personal and opinionated films document the times in which we live.
Out in the Silence (#309) Duration: 57:44 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Out in the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in his small Pennsylvania hometown. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson's journey dramatically illustrates the universal challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it.
Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury (#310) Duration: 1:59:42 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
At the age of 45 Laury Sacks, an ebullient actress and the doting mother of two small children, had a reputation as the quickest wit in the room. At the age of 46, she began forgetting words. Soon she could barely speak. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury, is one year in the long, but short journey of frontotemporal dementia, a little-understood disease that strikes people in the prime of life.
Stable Life (#311) Duration: 53:38 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Dionicia M. lives in the stables at a California racetrack and works long hours caring for racehorses while her teenage son Jose Luis is turning heads as a hotshot apprentice jockey. Dionicia and Jose Luis have gambled their futures on the hardscrabble sport of horse racing. Will they succeed or will their lack of immigration papers prevent them from achieving the stable life of their dreams?
Learning to Swallow (#312) Duration: 1:59:34 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Patsy, a charismatic artist destroyed her digestive system during an unmedicated bipolar episode. Over four rocky years she struggles to accept her physical condition, her inability to eat, and her emotional state - only to reinvigorate her artistic voice in the process.
Yellow Fever (#313) Duration: 56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
Yellow Fever follows young Navajo veteran, Tina Garnanez on her journey to investigate the history of the Navajo Uranium Boom, its lasting impacts in her area and the potential new mining in her region. She begins as a curious family member and becomes an advocate, lobbyist, activist and vocal proponent for transparency and environmental justice.
The Perfect Victim (#315) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
The Perfect Victim follows the stories of women incarcerated for killing their abusers and explores the legal injustices of victims of domestic abuse.
Hanna Ranch (#316) Duration: 1:56:46 STEREO (Secondary audio: none)
A portrait of cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into a life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse.