Author Archives: Craig Phillips

About Craig Phillips

ITVS/Independent Lens Interactive Editor and film nerd, based in San Francisco.

Independent Lens Nominated for 10 News & Doc Emmys




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 … Continue reading




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The Great Invisible Nominated for 2015 Emmy Award




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 … Continue reading




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Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization Rises Again

Editor’s note: While these aren’t Independent Lens films of course, the Decline films are some of our very favorite music docs, make for perfect summertime viewing, and are finally all out together on DVD. Read on for critic Noel Murray’s exclusive take on … Continue reading

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Tony Sullivan and Limited Partnership Producer React to Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality




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 … Continue reading




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19 Memorable Faces of Independent Lens’ 2014-15 Season

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 … Continue reading

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In the Shadow of Ebola Takes You to Liberia for One Family’s Story




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 … Continue reading




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POV 2015: More Great Docs to Get You Through Summer

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. … Continue reading

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Limited Partnership Filmmakers Commit Years to Telling Marriage Equality Story




Tom Miller committed a long period of his life — 14 years — to his film Limited Partnership, and it became a true labor of love, appropriate for what is at its very heart a love story. The film traces … Continue reading




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Bringing the Same-Sex Marriage Debate Full Circle




Tony Sullivan is no stranger to practicing the art of patience. He navigated through decades of legal fights with the U.S. government over both his own legal status as an immigrant from Australia and the legality of his marriage to … Continue reading




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Johanna Hamilton Goes Back to 1971 to Find Burglars Who Revealed Illegal FBI Spying

1971: A year before the Watergate scandal sent shockwaves through the United States, with no end in sight to the Vietnam War, and anti-war protests intensifying. In that same year a group of ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. What … Continue reading

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