Author Archives: Craig Phillips

About Craig Phillips

ITVS Interactive Editor, based in San Francisco.

From Playwright: Rest in peace, Robin Williams, you tiger.

We are as saddened as everyone about the sudden death of actor and comedian extraordinaire Robin Williams. He was one of a kind, and will truly be missed. We were reminded of his participation in last season’s Playwright: From Page … Continue reading

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Around the World in Many Ways with Global Voices

By Misa Oyama, ITVS Staff Richard Linklater’s new film Boyhood has provoked a lot of interest in its intriguing premise and the background of its production: follow the growth of a character over twelve years, not with different actors, but with the … Continue reading

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Archival Treasures

We all know the internet is a treasure trove of information (some of it even accurate!), resources, and media. But increasingly it’s become an even more amazing educational tool which brings history alive. In the age long before reality TV, … Continue reading

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Summertime Throwback Thursdays

Thursdays are already a pretty cool day, given their proximity to Friday and the weekend. They’re even cooler with “Throwback Thursdays,” because who doesn’t love going retro? For Throwback Thursdays this summer, we dig into the Independent Lens archives each week … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Nominated for 10 News & Doc Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this year’s nominees for the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking.  And Independent Lens is proud to say that 7 of our … Continue reading

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From RealScreen: Archive masterclass on making “Let the Fire Burn”

Super piece by Adam Benzine on Let the Fire Burn‘s extensive, exhaustive archival process, with insight from filmmaker Jason Osder: “Archive masterclass: Making Let the Fire Burn‘.”  The film had its television premiere on Independent Lens in May.

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PBS Online Film Festival (Including Independent Lens Shorts)

WATCH. VOTE. SHARE. For the third year running, the PBS Online Film Festival is happening as we speak. Two excellent short films are representing Independent Lens as part of the line-up: Tryouts, by Susana Casares [official site], and Border Bedazzlers, by Grace Jackson [official Facebook … Continue reading

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The Winner of 2013-2014 Independent Lens Audience Award Is…

The votes are in and Independent Lens viewers have spoken! Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey is the winner of the Independent Lens 2013-2014 Audience Award. Congratulations to filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz and her team. The music-filled film [official site] about Journey’s new … Continue reading

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POV Season Premiere!

While the 2013-2014 Independent Lens season has now wound down to a close (the final film of the season The New Black just had its broadcast premiere last week), we’re not going to hang our heads about it. Namely, because as we transition … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Jimmy Scott

Jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott, the subject of the Independent Lens documentary (and 2004 IL Audience Award Winner) Jimmy Scott: If Only You Knew, passed away June 12 at the age of 88.  Scott’s life and career was a real rollercoaster, which started with … Continue reading

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