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Independent Lens

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Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

Premiered: August 9, 1999

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 5, Episode 1 Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz

First Aired: October 14, 2003

Artist Vik Muniz's style is hard to classify (such as painting with chocolate sauce), but his amiable personality is easy to take in this profile. Producer-director Anne-Marie Russell follows Muniz to Chicago and Paris, where his works (enhanced by such things as thread, spaghetti and sugar) are being shown; to Arizona, where he has difficulty photographing a huge “bone” he had fashioned---with a bulldozer---in the desert; and his native Brazil, where he philosophizes. “Art really isn't about what you say,” he muses. “It's about how you say it.” Don Cheadle hosts.