Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, September 2009

In two public presentations and several smaller gatherings with IC students, award-winning filmmakers TIA LESSIN AND CARL DEAL screened and discussed their work – includingTrouble the Water, the 2009 Oscar-nominated documentary feature about Hurricane Katrina. In moving, often funny discussions, they explored the “Agonies and Ecstasies of Independent Filmmaking,” and their body of work: features, shorts and TV segments on issues of racial justice, human rights, war and peace.

They were producers on Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. Tia and Carl also presented examples of censored work and screened tragic/comic excerpts from Moore’s TV show, The Awful Truth, as well as portions of a Bill Moyers’ segment on post-9/11 detention/deportation of Muslims, and Tia’s documentary short on garment sweatshops, Behind the Labels.