After a tight and active race, Independent Lens voters have spoken: The winner of the 2013 Independent Lens Audience Award is The Revisionaries. Scott Thurman’s “well-made dispatch from a long war” [The New York Times] about the tempest over Texas textbook revisions was called both “alarming [and] hilarious” by Salon.com‘s Andrew O’Hehir, and audiences seem to agree.
The filmmaker checked in with us from Texas about what it means to win this 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 by the political process for determining the educational standards in Texas,” Thurman says. “We have a large online audience that made winning this award possible when lined up among so many other great docs, and I’d especially like to thank those who have tweeted or posted messages about the Independent Lens screening over the past several months. 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.”