Native American Artifacts Tell a Story of Loss, Betrayal and Survival

Editor’s note: Author Jordan Dresser is featured in the film What Was Ours, which premieres on Independent Lens on PBS Monday, January 16 at 10 pm [check local listings]. He is a journalist, holds a Master’s in Museum Studies, and is passionate about Native American history and culture.  By Jordan Dresser If you listen closely, … READ MORE

Filmmaker Mat Hames Goes to Wind River to Amplify Native Voices

Award-winning filmmaker Mat Hames’s feature documentary, When I Rise, about African American mezzo-soprano and civil rights icon Barbara Conrad, was featured on Independent Lens and nominated for an IDA Documentary Award. One of Mat’s other films, Last Best Hope, about the Belgian Resistance during WWII, eventually led to him being knighted by the King of … READ MORE

Containment Filmmakers Go into the Future to Read the Warning Signs

Harvard professors and filmmakers Peter Galison and Robb Moss have been collaborating for a decade: first, in co-teaching a course, bringing student filmmakers into scientific laboratories to think about the way the real work of technology, medicine, and science could be put on film. Then, they co-directed Secrecy, a 2008 feature documentary about the moral, … READ MORE

For Filmmakers Geeta and Ravi Patel, Love Is a Family Affair

It was a long and winding road for sibling filmmakers Geeta Patel and her brother Ravi in the making of their film Meet the Patels — including not just the initial family trip to India, but many air miles racked up to attend matrimonial conventions and basically looking for love in all the wrong places while … 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

Meet the Patels on PBS Presents a Love Quiz!

Keeping with the “looking for love” theme of Meet the Patels, which makes its television debut on Independent Lens Monday, December 26, 2017 at 9 pm, we present you with a fun quiz that will tell you where you will most likely find true love! Even if you’re already “taken” we think you’ll still enjoy taking … READ MORE

Independent Lens Announces New 2016-2017 Season

Slate Includes Meet the Patels, Newtown, TOWER, The Witness and More The award-winning series Independent Lens’ new season lineup will launch on Monday, December 26, 2016, with the real-life cross-cultural romantic comedy Meet the Patels. Other titles include two films that explore tragic incidents of gun violence that shook the nation: Newtown, about the 2012 shooting … READ MORE

Quiz: Are You Buckley or Vidal?

In 1968, opposing intellectual forces William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal squared off in a series of nationally televised debates during one of our nation’s most turbulent election cycles. With a month to go before another historic and tumultuous election, find out which Best of Enemies pundit you’re most like. The result may surprise you. Either way, you’ll … READ MORE

Evolution of TV Political Pundits: The Legacy of Buckley and Vidal

As depicted in Best of Enemies, bitter intellectual rivals Willam F. Buckley and Gore Vidal eviscerating each other with wit on network TV in 1968 made for riveting, and sometimes jaw-dropping, television. It also laid the groundwork for the ignominious future of the TV political pundits, a species of media figure Best of Enemies filmmaker Morgan Neville accuses … READ MORE