** Original article published on The Tennessean.

Lawyers for Cyntoia Brown, a Nashville woman serving a life sentence in prison for a murder committed at age 16 and whose cause has been championed by celebrities including Rihanna, have filed an appeal...

The jury sentenced Brown under the law at the time giving her life in prison. She’d only be eligible for parole is after serving 51 years. She would be 67. Birman's film on Cyntoia helped change Tennessee law for children like her in 2011. Now,...


When you marry independent film with traditional reporting, you reach new people, Vossen said. This isn't just a hypothesis.


It used to be that a business was about profit, no matter the cost to employees, community and environment. But, an upcoming hour-long documentary being produced by Birman and his team asks viewers to imagine a world where a different model operates.

Unfortunately, PBS is now threatening, for the second time in four years, to downgrade documentaries, which are at the heart of its public mission. As it chases ratings, PBS risks neglecting the core of its public mission and mandate.

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