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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 23 One Night at the Grand Star; Double Exposure

First Aired: May 4, 2004

Two short films with Asian-American themes: “One Night at the Grand Star” visits a nitery in Los Angeles's Chinatown, and New York artist Kit-Yin Snyder profiles herself in “Double Exposure.” The family-run Grand Star is no newcomer to L.A.'s nightlife scene, but its mix of jazz and hip-hop has made it hot. It's a “multigenerational social gumbo,” says series host Don Cheadle. It's multicultural, too. People, are “all alike,” says one regular, a white widow in her 60s, “all the human race.” Then Snyder, who emigrated to the U.S. from China as a teenager in 1949, ruminates on her dual national identities against a backdrop she calls “abstract video landscapes.” Says Cheadle: “You're never too old to wonder who you are.”