Independent Lens: Season 11 (2009 - 2010)


Season 11
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Air date: Oct 13, 2009

The Season 11 opener tells the story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a postal clerk and librarian who began collecting contemporary art in the early 1960s, guided by two rules: the pieces had to be affordable and had to fit into their one-bedroom apartment. By the early '90s, they had acquired a 4000-piece collection worth several million dollars.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2009

They descended into a labyrinth of copper mines every day except Sundayâ€"the day the church bells tolled for that week’s dead. They spoke 16 different languages and hailed from the four corners of the earth, yet they forged a community united in sp

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Air date: Oct 27, 2009

"Journals of a Wily School," about a 22-year-old pickpocket in Kolkata, India, who's offered a deal by a police detective when he's caught: help nab other pickpockets or go to jail.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2009

The efforts of Native Americans, whose land provides up to 10 percent of America's energy needs, to transition from such fossil fuels as coal to renewable energy while creating green jobs to balance the jobs lost from closed coal mines and plants.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2009

"D Tour" follows Rogue Wave drummer Pat Spurgeon on the road with his indie-rock group as he balances the demands of being in a band with the challenges of having a failing kidney---dialysis, dietary restrictions and searching for a living-donor match. Featured are performances by Rogue Wave, Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Nada Surf, John Vanderslice and the Moore Brothers.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2009

The story of influential cinematographers and friends Laszlo Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, who escaped from Hungary during the Soviet Union's 1956 invasion and went on to work on such classic films as "Easy Rider," "Five Easy Pieces," "Deliverance" "Paper Moon" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." The profiles features interviews with both, plus comments from Karen Black, Peter Bogdanovich, Sandra Bullock, Richard Donner, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Bob Rafelson and Sharon Stone.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2009

"Objectified," about the role that design plays in such manufactured objects as cell phones, sofas and toothbrushes. Included: interviews with design professionals.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2009

"Between the Folds" explores origami (the art of folding paper) through the stories of artists, educators and physicists who were attracted to it and, in some cases, abandoned their careers to pursue it full-time.

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Air date: Dec 29, 2009

Nine Boston-based Catholics in search of fellowship find their quest for a connection threatened by obstacles they had never anticipated in this drama from director James Rutenbeck.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2010

A delightful look at the Young@Heart Chorus, New England senior citizens who sing such unconventional songs as James Brown's "I Feel Good," the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go," the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" and Sonic Youth's "Schizophrenia," as they prepare for a concert in their hometown of Northampton, Mass., under the guidance of longtime musical director Bob Cilman. Other songs include Coldplay's "Fix You" and Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U."

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