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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 6, Episode 10 A Touch of Greatness

First Aired: January 11, 2005

“A Touch of Greatness” profiles innovative educator Albert Cullum (1920-2003), largely through films of Cullum and his students made during the “10 golden years” (1956-66) he taught elementary school in Rye, N.Y. Robert Downey Sr. made the films, which show students performing Shakespeare, Shaw and Sophocles, along with classroom footage. Also: recollections from Cullum and students at a 1999 reunion. Says one, Steve Lawson: “How many 10-year-olds were dying to go to school everyday?”

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