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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 8, Episode 3 Muskrat Lovely

First Aired: October 31, 2006

A beauty pageant and a muskrat-skinning contest share the spotlight in director Amy Nicholson's offbeat film “Muskrat Lovely,” which documents preparations for both events in Golden Hill, Md. The pageant, which precedes the skinning match, features eight young women vying for the title of Miss Outdoors. The film includes comments from organizers and entrants. “If you win, that's great,” says pageant contestant Jessica Howell. “If not, you get to make a lot of friends.”