Category Archives: Community Cinema

The New Community Cinema Goes Bilingual and Digital

Guest post by Renee Gasch, National Community Engagement Manager for ITVS & Independent Lens Nine years ago, a dear colleague in Boise, Idaho planted the seed for Community Cinema. Lynn Allen, a longtime public media maven, had been hosting a regular … Continue reading

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Optimism is Revolutionary

The gap between rich and poor worldwide is growing rapidly. Today, over 1 billion people (1 in 6 of us) live in an urban slum and this number is expected to double by the year 2030. That is enough to … Continue reading

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#SheDocs to the Rescue! Finally, a Film Festival Places Women at the Forefront

Sad fact: Only 11 percent of films have female protagonists. Not #SheDocs. Running March 1 to 31, #SheDocs online film festival boasts 100 percent female leads. Independent filmmakers in the festival spotlight women who are working to transform their lives, their … Continue reading

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‘Green Book’ Helped Keep African Americans Safe on the Road

In Soul Food Junkies (airing 10 p.m. Jan. 14 on Independent Lens; check local listings), filmmaker Byron Hurt briefly describes what it used to be like for African Americans to travel in the United States. He talks about how blacks would take … Continue reading

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Enter Our Soul Food Recipe Contest for Your Claim to Culinary Fame!

Love to cook? Let us shine the culinary spotlight on you! Independent Lens is holding a fun contest for healthy and delicious soul food recipes. We all know soul food can do wonders for your soul. But it’s not always … Continue reading

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Solar Mamas and Community Cinema Inspire Audience Engagement

Solar Mamas is an inspiring and moving film about Rafea, a beautiful and strong-willed Jordanian mother of four, who is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend India’s Barefoot College, where women from rural areas around the world receive training through a … Continue reading

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The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens Monday, October 8, 2012 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact … Continue reading

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Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do it, select any of our activities going on this week … Continue reading

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Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Event on Social Media

Only 34 days until Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premieres on Independent Lens October 1 & 2, 2012 at 9 PM on PBS. Mark your calendar, set your DVR, tell your friends, plan a watching … Continue reading

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Community Cinema Turns 7 With an Intense Line-Up

Drum roll, please … Independent Lens is excited to announce the 7th season of Community Cinema, our program offering free screenings in communities nationwide. Join us this season as we kick-off the series with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women … Continue reading

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