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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 6, Episode 27 Brother to Brother

First Aired: June 14, 2005

A young, gay black painter named Perry (Anthony Mackie) connects with his Harlem Renaissance roots (and also finds a soul mate) in “Brother to Brother,” director Rodney Evans' dramatic film. Perry's connection: gay writer-artist Bruce Nugent (Roger Robinson), who founded Fire!! magazine in 1926 with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman, all of whom are portrayed in flashbacks. Meanwhile, Perry must fight many of the same battles they did. Young Bruce: Duane Boutte.