Encompassing the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts the new season.
Monday & Tuesday, December 20-21, 9:00 p.m.
A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans — Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim — preparing to become the nation’s next generation of religious leaders, “The Calling” follows their transformation from idealistic students into ordained religious professionals. This four-hour two-part special event explores the forces that are drawing a new generation of young people to serve their communities and their faith.
Tuesday, December 21 at 11:00 p.m.
“45365” is a vérité exploration of the congruities of daily life in an American town. From the patrol car to the courtroom, the playground to the nursing home, it explores relationships and interactions with and between people and their community. The stories of a father and son, a young relationship, cops and criminals, officials and their electorate coalesce into a mosaic of faces, places, and events. “45365” is a portrait of a city and its people.
Visit the web site at www.pbs.org/independentlens.