The Trials of Muhammad Ali premieres Monday as first ever PBS online interactive broadcast

"Every life is valuable and everyone's story is mighty, but not everyone packs a punch like Ali." - Bill Siegel. On Monday, April 14 at 10pmET/9C The Trials of Muhammad Ali will have its television broadcast premiere on PBS Independent Lens. In an unprecedented first for PBS, Independent Lens' OVEE platform will also present a simultaneous online premiere and live chat with director Bill Siegel! The online screening is co-presented by Kartemquin, PBS Independent Lens, and Eight Arizona. Watch either on PBS or online at Continued

In-progress Unbroken Glass takes an organic approach to outreach

You never knew her normal self. If you see broken glass… you never think about the beautiful thing it was before. It’s just broken glass. Dinesh Sabu is currently in post-production of his first feature length documentary, Unbroken Glass. As he puts the film together, he has also been piecing together plans for how it will make an impact, including events like a preview of clips and a discussion of the film this Sunday, April 13th at 7:15pm, at the Gene Siskel Film Center (Get tickets). Continued

Steve James reflects on the anniversary of Roger Ebert's death

April 4th marks the one year anniversary of the death of Roger Ebert. At Kartemquin this sad event left us stunned and shocked, both because we were still in production on Life Itself, and because Roger Ebert had been a champion of our work since our very first film, and most notably with Hoop Dreams. Below, Steve James, the director of Life Itself and Hoop Dreams, shares his thoughts on Roger Ebert's legacy, one year later. Continued

"People need to be able to feel like they're complicated." - Usama Alshaibi on American Arab

Ahead of the film's Chicago premiere at Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) on April 6th, American Arab director Usama Alshaibi has been in the local press talking about the film's exploration of race, identity and cultural stereotypes, and arguing "what it means to be American needs to be reexamined." Talking with fellow filmmaker Carlos Jiménez Flores in the Chicago Reader, Usama states: Continued

Documentary filmmaking tips from Steve James

In Toronto this past weekend Steve James presented a documentary filmmaking "masterclass" as part of the Documentary Organization of Canada's 2014 Masters Series. Talking with Sean Farnel, James discussed his approach to the craft of storytelling and the ethical considerations of his filmmaking style. Journalists from both Filmmaker Magazine and Realscreen attended the masterclass, and have recapped some of the best tips and anecdotes from the sessions. Here's Adam Benzine of Realscreen's breakdown of the key takeaways in brief (read them in full here): Continued

In-Progress Previews for In the Game

In the Game presents a work in progress screening at the Belcourt, a nonprofit theater, in Nashville, TN on March 29. The screening is part of a film program that celebrates girls and women in sports. This screening also marks the beginning of a partnership between the Belcourt and Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative who's mission is to create community among a diverse population. Immediately following the film, director Maria Finitzo, will participate in a Q&A via Skype. She welcomes the opportunity to hear audience feedback. Continued

Chicago homecoming and Heartland fests for American Arab

American Arab comes home to a much anticipated Chicago premiere on April 6th at the 21st Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF). Get tickets here. American Arab is this year's CUFF closing night film and will screen at The Logan Theater at 8pm. Director Usama Alshaibi - a regular at CUFF with his previous experimental works, including 2006 CUFF Best Documentary Feature award-winner Nice Bombs - will return to his former hometown for the screening. Continued