• 1988
  • 31 Seasons

This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the controversial (`Live Free or Die,' about an abortion doctor). Whatever the subject, the most important criterion...

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Season 22, Episode 14 Patti Smith: Dream of Life

First Aired: December 30, 2009

Filmed over 11 years, this fascinating, arty portrait of "godmother of punk" Patti Smith features her thoughts on her life, from her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe to the deaths of her husband Fred "Sonic" Smith and brother Todd. "Life is an adventure of our own design intersected by fate and a series of lucky and unlucky accidents," she observes. The doc includes performances---and parts of performances---of such songs as "Gloria," "My Generation" and "Land: Horses."

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