On the heels of the Primetime Emmy Award nomination for The Great Invisible, Independent Lens learned today that our series received 10 (count ’em, ten!) nominations for the 36th annual News & Doc Emmys, including three nominations for The Trials of Muhammad Ali and two for Bully, both films garnering a nom for Best Documentary. All told, PBS nabbed an Emmy-leading 57 nominations for Independent Lens, POV (American Promise, Fallen City, and When I Walk), FRONTLINE, American Experience, Nature, as well as many excellent stand-alone programs.
Here’s the full list of Emmy-nominated films that aired on Independent Lens: Continue reading
We were excited to learn today that the Independent Lens film The Great Invisible, which aired on PBS in April, was just nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit for Documentary Filmmaking. Kudos to director Margaret Brown and her whole team for the honor. The Hollywood Reporter called The Great Invisible “a powerful documentary that reminds those of us who’ve moved on to other worries that [the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill] is far from finished.”
Emmy winners will be revealed September 20. A full list of all nominees is here.
The 2015 PBS Online Film Festival returned last month with a new, excellent batch of short fictional, documentary, and animated films created by a host of gifted filmmakers in partnership with PBS member stations, POV, and other public television producers. Make sure to catch this diverse slate so you can vote for your favorites before the festival closes on July 17.
Here’s a quick glimpse of all 25 short films available. After you watch each film, remember to vote! Continue reading
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 news:
The Kuma Hina team is thrilled and humbled to receive this award from Independent Lens viewers. It’s a wonderful reflection on the commitment of PBS and Pacific Islanders in Communications to bring forward voices that are rarely heard in American media and to reach audiences that are not served anywhere else. For all the native Hawaiians and indigenous peoples around the world, for all the māhū and those who fall outside the Western gender binary, we say mahalo nui loa – thank you – and aloha – love, honor and respect for all.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the voting, and for watching Independent Lens this past season. We bet the competition for next year’s Audience Award will be just as tough and close as this year’s.
Tony Sullivan (at left) and husband Richard Adams
Naturally, when news of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality came down, a 5-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same sex marriage, our thoughts immediately turned to the makers and main character of Limited Partnership.
We heard from the film’s co-producer Kirk Marcolina, and from Tony Sullivan, who with his longtime partner Richard Adams become one of the first same sex couples to be legally married in the world, in 1975. That marriage was challenged legally and they battled the government in the courts for years, in large part leading up to the Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage in June 2013 and again this month. Their reactions to Friday’s momentous news: Continue reading
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than unleash many more words on you, here’s a photo gallery reminding you of some of the memorable faces from this just-concluded season of Independent Lens. We thank you for spending time with us over the past few months.
Peyangki and mother, in Happiness
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 from the same ISP. Rate all the films you watched using the star rating system.
Deadline for voting is Monday, June 29. We will close all voting at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET.
Last season’s winner was Don’t Stop Believin’, and the year before that it was The Revisionaries. Who will be this year’s viewer’s choice? Tune back in here in a week to find out!
Independent Lens presents the premiere online of In the Shadow of Ebola [watch now], a gripping short film set around the height of the Ebola crisis, but told from a highly personal point of view. The documentary by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel is the story of Emmanuel Urey, a Liberian going to school in Wisconsin but who was in Monrovia with some of his children when the Ebola virus broke out. The film is both an intimate portrait of a family in the center of a terrifying crisis, but also a fascinating look at how a country in the aftermath of a long civil war handled a major health scare.
Now, a year after the events depicted in the film, find out where life has taken the Ureys, the status of Ebola across western Africa, and the new project filmmakers Mitman and Siegel are wrapping in Liberia.
Out in the Night
Our friends at POV are ready to grab the baton for thought-provoking docs airing Mondays on PBS, with a new slate of films about extraordinarily strong and determined individuals. The 28th season of POV begins this coming Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS and continues through the fall. (Independent Lens will then be back with a new season beginning October 25.) Continue reading