The winner of this season’s Independent Lens Audience Award, as chosen by voting viewers, is…. Kumu Hina! Interestingly, Kumu Hina is not the first Independent Lens film to win the Audience Award that is about hula dance: Men of Hula won the award in 2008. We heard from Kumu Hina filmmaker Dean Hamer, understandably ecstatic about …
The Independent Lens 2014-2015 season may have ended, but the Audience Award is heating up. Rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season on our Audience Awards page. In order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given film, you will not be able to vote for it again …
Watch this exclusive video chat with Laura Poitras (who won an Oscar for her documentary CitizenFour), journalist Betty Medsger and filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, talking about 1971, Edward Snowden, and protecting anonymous sources.
Critic Noel Murray writes about docs and features — from Chicago 10 to Night Moves — centering around American activists and radicals who’ve defied the status quos, sometimes questionably, and sometimes in ways that today seem more noble than dangerous.
Test your knowledge about all the things that were happening in America in the year 1971, from politics to music, movies to sports. The more far out your score the more groovy you are, man.
Artist Sara Lattis Stone, whose husband Stephen Stone escaped the Deepwater Horizon disaster alive, turned to her craft — painting — as a means of confronting the post-traumatic stress her family endured following the tragedy. Watch a short profile of Sara and Stephen and then view a gallery of her moving work.
In conjunction with Lacey Schwartz’s Little White Lie, in which the filmmaker discovers an identity-altering family secret, Independent Lens presents “I Identify” — a digital short featuring nine San Francisco Bay Area residents exploring the forces that shape identity. Who controls your identity? Do you? Do the people around you? Is your identity dictated by society at large?
A big part of the appeal of Little White Lie is tied to its hook, the story of an individual discovering that everything she thought she knew about her life was wrong. Read about nine other documentaries and feature films that center around a deep family secret that had maximum impact.
Independent Lens is packing up and heading down to Austin for what’s going to be our busiest SxSW yet. Take a look at what we have in store and you’ll see why we’re so excited for our time in Texas!
Created by Project Implicit, a research collaboration between scientists at Harvard, the University of Virginia, and the University of Washington, this Implicit Association Test (IAT) aims to “[measure] the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy)” that remain “outside of conscious awareness …
In conjunction with A Path Appears, we invite you to test yourself on some surprising facts and figures about domestic violence in the United States and around the world, making it an interactive way to learn more about this ever-important topic.
A Path Appears director Maro Chermayeff shares her experiences working with the team behind Half the Sky to uncover the devastating ripple effects of gender inequality and poverty: including sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, and child slavery, along with the solutions being forged to combat them.