Author Archives: Craig Phillips

About Craig Phillips

ITVS Interactive Editor, based in San Francisco.

Best Documentaries of 2014: Scanning the Critics’ Lists

The critics have spoken. And they’re saying… a lot of different things, but when it comes to picking the best documentary films of the year there is plenty of common ground. We’ve surveyed a wide variety of critics and publications … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Social Buzz 2014 in Review

By Elisabeth Copper, Independent Lens Social Media Manager 2014 was a great year for Independent Lens, and we owe it all to our incredible community of viewers and fans. People across the country tuned in to play music alongside the … Continue reading

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A Schedule Appears: Independent Lens Announces Winter/Spring ’15 Films

Now that we have a brief respite in our schedule to catch our breath, we’d like to share with you what’s coming next in this season of Independent Lens.  On the docket for January through June 2015: an Oscar “shortlisted” film, … Continue reading

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And the winner of IDA Award for Best Curated Series goes to…

At Friday night’s 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards, given out every year by the International Documentary Association to recognize and honor outstanding documentary films and filmmakers, Independent Lens was given the great honor of winning the 2014 Best Curated Series … Continue reading

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Can We Find Happiness When Tech-Free?

By Craig Phillips Watching Thomas Balmes‘s Happiness, which premieres tonight on Independent Lens [check local listings], will leave one with a bittersweet feeling about technology. Most of us in the United States have a love-hate (admit it, mostly love-love) relationship with … Continue reading

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In Pursuit of “Happiness,” a Filmmaker Goes to Bhutan

Filmmaker Thomas Balmès is no stranger to trotting the globe in search of human stories, in films including Bosnia Hotel and The Gospel According to the Papuans, and most famously capturing the stories of several photogenic infants in San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia, and Namibia … Continue reading

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5 Independent Lens Films for Veteran’s Day

In honor of our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of a few Independent Lens films that centered around American soldiers. While the day was initially intended to honor soldiers who fought in WWI (timed with the 11th … Continue reading

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From an Electrician “Robin Hood” to Real-Life “MacGyvers”

By Kirk Vader There are many memorable characters in Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa’s Powerless [which premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 10pm; check local listings] but only one star, the man who generates cries throughout the streets of Kanpur: … Continue reading

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Powerless Filmmakers Capture India’s Shocking Energy Crisis

Powerless is the story of Kanpur, an industrial city in northern India, crumbling under the lack of infrastructure. Filmmaker Fahad Mustafa was born in Kanpur, and partnered with filmmaker Deepti Kakkar, found an opportunity to return to the city of … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Nabs IDA Award Nom; Evolution of a Criminal Filmmaker Wins IDA’s Emerging Documentary Filmmaker Award

Congratulations to all the outstanding films nominated for this year’s International Documentary Association Awards, and for the five documentary television series nominated for Best Curated Series, let’s all give ourselves a round of applause: Best Curated Series nominees include @AmExperiencePBS … Continue reading

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