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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 1, Episode 8 Sing Faster: The Stagehand's Ring Cycle

First Aired: September 27, 1999

The San Francisco Opera's 1990 mounting of Richard Wagner's “Der Ring des Nibelungen”---as seen and heard by the opera's stagehands, particularly Ken “Spike” Kirkland, who keeps up a running commentary throughout the hour, which concludes with the four “Ring Cycle” operas---all 17 hours of them---compressed into 60 seconds.