2020-2021 Independent Lens Film Season
When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long-shot campaign to become District Attorney, he ran on a bold pledge: to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. He shocked the establishment by winning in a landslide.
Stream Online at pbs.org: April 21 – June 30, 2021
The eight-part inside look at the tumultuous first term of Philadelphia’s unapologetic D.A. Watch @IndependentLens’ #PhillyDAonPBS beginning Tuesday, April 20 on @PBS and the PBS Video app.
Ep. 1: April 21–June 30, 2021, Ep. 2: April 21–June 30, 2021 | Ep. 3: April 28–June 30, 2021 | Ep. 4: May 5–June 30, 2021 | Ep. 5: May 12–June 30, 2021 | Ep. 6: May 19–June 30, 2021 | Ep. 7: May 26–June 30, 2021 | Ep. 8: June 2–June 30, 2021
Ep. 1: April 21–June 30, 2021
Ep. 2: April 21–June 30, 2021
Ep. 3: April 28–June 30, 2021
Ep. 4: May 05–June 30, 2021
Ep. 5: May 12–June 30, 2021
Ep. 6: May 19–June 30, 2021
Ep. 7: May 26–June 30, 2021
Ep. 8: June 02–June 30, 2021
Criminal Injustice – Panel Discussion & Community Conversation
Join WSIU and the Carbondale Public Library for an IndieLens Pop-Up community conversation with selected recipients of the Envisioning Justice Grant from Illinois Humanities. The conversation will be inspired by the PBS series Philly D.A.
Panelists will discuss the following projects:
- Chastity Mays from A Gift of Love Charity on Reimagining Mass Incarceration
- Laurie Jo Reynolds from Chicago 400 on Meet the Chicago 400: Lessons in the Carceral State
- Shari Stone-Mediatore from Parole Illinois on Stories for Freedom: Preparing and Sharing Testimony of People Impacted by Extreme Sentencing, and others.
About the Film
In 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. When civil rights attorney Larry Krasner mounted a long-shot campaign to become District Attorney, he ran on a bold pledge: to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. He shocked the establishment by winning in a landslide.
Now, the bureaucrats he spent his campaign denigrating are his co-workers; the police he alienated are his rank-and-file law enforcers. Pressure comes from all sides of a system resistant to reform. Krasner’s unapologetic promise to use the power of the D.A.’s office for sweeping change is what got him elected; now that he’s in office, that same stubbornness threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most.
From the eye of this political storm, filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar gained unprecedented access into Krasner’s office and behind the scenes of the criminal justice system. Over the course of eight episodes, Philly D.A. explores the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration—through the lens of an idealistic team attempting fundamental overhaul from within the system.
About The Filmmakers
Ted Passon is an award-winning director and video artist. He has directed episodic series for Netflix and Disney. He is a 2016 Sundance Lab Fellow, a recipient of the Pew Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship Grant, and a 2016 Headlands Artist in Residency. He has exhibited his award-winning short films in festivals and galleries around the US and abroad including exhibitions by the Whitney Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and 96 Gillespie in London.
Yoni Brook is a twice Independent Spirit-nominated cinematographer and producer. As a director, his films have screened at the Berlinale, New York and Toronto Film Festivals, True/False, and IDFA. His previous Sundance credits include Menashe (A24, dir. Joshua Z Weinstein) and Valley of Saints (World Dramatic Audience Award, dir. Musa Syeed). For PBS’s POV series, Brook co-directed Bronx Princess (with Musa Syeed). Brook co-directed The Calling, a four hour series about young religious leaders for Independent Lens. His directorial debut, A Son’s Sacrifice won Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival, IDA’s Best Documentary Short, and broadcast on Independent Lens.
Nicole Salazar Creator and producer Nicole Salazar is a documentary filmmaker and journalist who has worked on investigative and breaking news stories in the US and internationally for over a decade. She was a producer for the Emmy Award-winning investigative series, Fault Lines on Al Jazeera. Credits include Guatemala’s Disappeared, Lost in the System, Undocumented in Trump’s America (Headline Award Winner), and worked as a producer and journalist for the award-winning independent daily news program Democracy Now!
WSIU VIRTUAL FILM EVENTS
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a WSIU media project that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. The project, which features documentaries from the PBS hit series Independent Lens, draws local residents together to discuss newsworthy topics to family, relationships, and more. These virtual screening events are free and open to the public.
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