Category Archives: In the News

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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Independent Lens Statement on Somaly Mam

Due to the questions that have recently been raised regarding Somaly Mam, one of the women featured in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, PBS has stopped offering to public television stations episode one of Half the Sky, which included Ms. Mam. … Continue reading

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The Invisible War: Updates

Kirby Dick’s film The Invisible War, which was nominated for both an Oscar and Indie Spirit Award for Best Feature Documentary, is being replayed this week on many PBS stations. If you haven’t yet seen it, we hope you’ll take the … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Wins IDA Award for Best Continuing Series

The International Documentary Association (IDA) Documentary Awards were announced today in a ceremony in Los Angeles, and we’re proud to say that Independent Lens was bestowed the honor of being named Best Continuing Series. In addition, Blood Brother, Steve Hoover’s film about … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Nominated for IDA Awards

We’re pleased to learn that the International Documentary Association, which is one of the most respected organizations devoted to promoting and assisting the documentary film community, has nominated Independent Lens for an IDA Documentary Award for Best Continuing Series. We’re … Continue reading

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The Island President: Maldives Elections Update

Those who have seen the Independent Lens documentary The Island President, by Jon Shenk, about the deposed former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed and his work fighting climate change, will likely be distressed about the latest news. As reported by The New … Continue reading

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Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley Featured in New York Times

“What I’m interested in is making movies about as many different subjects as I can, and as many different forms of human experience.” — Frederick Wiseman Independent Lens, which featured Frederick Wiseman’s The Last Letter several years ago, is proud … Continue reading

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The Kill Team Picked Up for Distribution

We’re excited that the Independent Lens documentary The Kill Team has been picked up for distribution by widely respected Oscilloscope Labs, which means you’ll have the opportunity to check the film out both in theaters and on television; its Independent … Continue reading

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Sen. Gillibrand Credits The Invisible War with Shaping New Bill

The Invisible War has received big love and recognition from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. The New York Senator, who serves as the chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, plans to reveal a newly drafted … Continue reading

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Border Crossing by the Numbers

Juan Manuel, featured in The Undocumented (airing April 29 on Independent Lens), lived in the United States more than 15 years. Eventually, he was deported to Mexico, away from his children. He died crossing the U.S. border to see his … Continue reading

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