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Girl Power: The Original #SquadGoals (and Just #Goals in General)

In the Independent Lens documentary Ovarian Psycos (premiering Monday, March 27 at 10; check local listings), we’re introduced to The Ovas — a chicanx (xicanx) feminist group who bike through the streets of East L.A. in honor of sisterhood. While bike riding in solidarity is definitely an underground movement, womxn coming together to uplift and empower … READ MORE

Ovarian Psycos Filmmakers Follow the Ovas Bike Brigade in East L.A.

Ovarian Psycos brought together filmmakers Joanna Sokolowski, who co-produced the Emmy® Award-winning HBO documentary Very Semi-Serious (2015), about New Yorker cartoonists, and Kate Trumbull-LaValle, an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker who first began in the field of social justice media as an educator and media maker. They collaborated to tell the story of the “Ovas,” a raucous, irreverently … READ MORE

9 Great Documentaries About Women Activists

As Women’s History Month continues, we’re shining the spotlight on women activists who faced down injustice, pioneered paths for other women and girls, or have fought heroically trying to save the world. Although the women on this list focused on different arenas, in the end they’re all inevitably linked. As feminist icon Gloria Steinem wrote … READ MORE

Principal Vonda Viland and 10 of the Most Unforgettable “Bad Kids”

The following is by Vonda Viland, principal of Black Rock Continuation High School in Yucca Valley in California’s Mojave Desert, and subject of the new film The Bad Kids, which premieres on Independent Lens March 20 at 10pm [check local listings]. Viland’s tireless work to help at-risk teenagers find their way to graduation is reflected both … READ MORE

Filmmaker James Solomon Peels Back the Mythology of the Kitty Genovese Story

The Witness (which premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens Monday, January 23, 2017; check local listings) may be James Solomon’s first film as director, but his vast experience as a storyteller made him the perfect fit for reopening this case. The Witness, which made the Oscar shortlist, took 11 years to make, patiently following Kitty Genovese’s brother … READ MORE

Garrett Zevgetis Hacks Normal for a Best and Most Beautiful Film

While Boston-based filmmaker Garrett Zevgetis has made several short films and worked for PBS’s FRONTLINE, Best and Most Beautiful Things is his feature-length debut. Yet he’s already been named one of “10 Filmmakers to Watch” by the Independent magazine: “Best and Most Beautiful Things is a portrait of a young woman’s journey to assert her identity and find … READ MORE

Twin Sisters Are Growing Up (and Getting a Sequel)

The many global fans of our film Twin Sisters are constantly asking us for any kind of update on the twin girls featured in Mona Friis Bertheussen’s popular documentary. After getting a detailed report from one of the moms awhile back, we recently checked in with the Norway-based filmmaker to see how Mia and Alexandra are … READ MORE

10 Reasons to Root for Olympic Boxer Claressa Shields

Claressa Shields, star of T-Rex: Her Fight For Gold [premieres Tuesday, August 2 at 10pm on PBS; check local listings] is on her way to Rio to defend her 2012 Olympic Boxing Gold Medal. Get in her corner with 10 memorable T-Rex moments. 1. While her friends spent Friday nights partying, she logged long hours … READ MORE

Dawn Porter Unlocks the Story of Laws Targeting Abortion Providers

Filmmaker Dawn Porter has shown a willingness to probe uncomfortable truths and untold stories in the past. LA Times critic Robert Lloyd called her acclaimed Independent Lens film Spies of Mississippi “eye-opening” for its look at the ways civil rights activists were spied on by the government in the ’50s and ’60s. For her new film, TRAPPED, Porter returns to the … READ MORE

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt: What the Supreme Court Is Deciding in the Most Important Abortion Ruling in Decades (Updated)

By Marcia Coyle @MarciaCoyle Guest Contributor, National Law Journal By the end of this month, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide its first abortion case in nine years. At the center is reproductive healthcare provider Whole Woman’s Health, the subject of the upcoming Independent Lens film, TRAPPED. The ruling could be the most important abortion decision in more than 20 … READ MORE