From the NYTs:
IN his two-decade career as a filmmaker Ric Burns has made histories of the exploration of the American West and the settlement of New York City without resorting to the use of dramatic re-creations. In the passionate debate among filmmakers over the documentary form he sides with those who find the acting and low-budget effects too often cheesy and distracting.
Dramatic re-creations were as alien to him as documentary and period work were to Chris Eyre, an American Indian director whose character-intense films include “Smoke Signals” and the adaptations of Tony Hillerman’s novels “Skinwalkers” and “A Thief of Time” for PBS’s “Mystery!”
So it was with some mutual wariness that Mr. Burns and Mr. Eyre teamed up, at the request of the PBS history series “American Experience,” to direct “Tecumseh’s Vision,” one of five documentaries that make up “We Shall Remain.” This series within a series, which will be broadcast for five weeks beginning Monday, uses historians, American Indian experts and dozens of actors to examine moments in American history from the Indians’ perspective.
Bill Moyers Journal (thanks to Mike):
Friday, November 14, 2008 at 9PM on PBS (check local listings <http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/about/airdates.html> )
Bill Moyers Journal and Exposé: America’s Investigative Reports follow a team from the Denver Post reporting on how antiquated laws have affected Native American reservations. The piece examines how felonies committed on ‘Indian country,’ which fall under federal – not tribal or local – jurisdiction, are often left uninvestigated and un-prosecuted, leaving murderers, rapists, child molesters, and burglars at large in some of the nation’s poorest and highest-crime areas.