The Audience Award
"It's been a wonderful experience sharing our film on Independent Lens as we've received feedback from folks all over the country — frightened, enlightened, and sometimes enraged...We hope this notoriety brings even more attention to the politicization of public education and encourages viewers to take a more active role in the process."— Scott Thurman, filmmaker, The Revisionaries,
Winner of the 2013 Independent Lens Audience Award
At film festivals, the award that often matters most to filmmakers and their subjects alike is the Audience Award. They know they’ve struck a chord when the audience applauds their efforts.
The Independent Lens audience has the opportunity to stand up and be counted by rating each film throughout the season. At the end of the season, the highest rated film is honored.
In a real-life fairy tale, a Filipino singer is plucked from YouTube to front the iconic American band Journey, and must deal with the pressures of replacing a legend while leading the band on their longest world tour in ages.
A cinema vérité portrait of a California city's public safety-net hospital as it struggles to handle patient overload in a swooning economy and a constantly shifting landscape of health care policy.
The struggles and triumphs of Latino and Latina students from across the United States are explored through their own eyes in this documentary about the challenges faced in our nation’s public education system.
Indian Relay follows teams from three different Native American communities in the Rocky Mountain states as they compete across a grueling season in one of the most exciting and dangerous forms of horse racing.
Young Lakota chronicles the life-defining choices faced by three young people — two sisters and a neighbor — living in the Pine Ridge Reservation as they try to forge a better future for their tribe while securing their own well-being.
The fascinating process of creating new work for the stage is the focus of this documentary that follows two outstanding young playwrights from diverse backgrounds who are striving to get their plays seen.
A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling a master sushi chef’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.
The story of two grassroots coalitions — ACT UP and Treatment Action Group — made up of innovative activists, many of them HIV-positive, who fought to turn AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition.