Lois Vossen

Independent Lens Executive Producer

Independent Lens executive producer Lois Vossen

Lois Vossen is Founding and Executive Producer of Independent Lens, a weekly PBS series featuring 22 original documentaries each season. She is responsible for commissioning new films, programming the series, and working with filmmakers on editorial and broadcast issues. Independent Lens films have received 13 Emmy Awards, 16 George Foster Peabody Awards, five Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, and eight Academy Award nominations. The series was thrice honored with the 2013, 2014, and 2015 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Series. Previously, Vossen was Associate Managing Director of the Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Labs. Currently, she represents the documentary branch on the Television Academy Board of Directors. She has served on the jury at Shanghai Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, DOC New Zealand, and Palm Springs International Film Festival, among others.

Films she funded or presented on Independent Lens include I Am Not Your Negro, TOWER, The Force, Newtown, Best of Enemies, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, (T)ERROR, The Waiting Room, The House I Live In, The Invisible War, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, God Loves Uganda, Hell and Back Again, Waste Land, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and The Weather Underground, among many others.