Category Archives: Independent Film

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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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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PBS Indie Showcase + Online Event

The idea behind PBS’s Indie Showcase is to spotlight the work of independent filmmakers, offering viewers year-round access to the diversity of voices and unique perspectives these films provide. Debuting this fall with last week’s premiere of Don’t Stop Believin': Everyman’s … Continue reading

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Independent Lens Submissions

Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of films in advanced rough cut or fine cut stage or completed films to broadcast during the October 2014 – June 2015 season. To learn more about eligibility, what we’re looking for, and to complete our online submission form go to www.ilsubmissions.org. Any … Continue reading

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Which Film Will Be This Season’s Audience Favorite? It’s Up to You!

Statues, laurels, trophies, medals, plaques, certificates … there are plenty of awards to be won in the film business, but there is only ONE Independent Lens Audience Award, honoring our fans’ favorite film of the season. Like audience awards at … Continue reading

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The Revolutionary Optimists Filmmakers on Finding Hope in Kolkata’s Slums

Amlan Ganguly is a visionary. This lawyer-turned-community activist is not only changing a neighborhood, but also changing the way its youngest residents envision their lives. In this character-driven and highly cinematic documentary, acclaimed filmmakers Nicole Newnham (The Rape of Europa, … Continue reading

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Filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady on Capturing Detroit

Detroit-area native Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady filmed Detropia with the hopes that the rest of the United States would recognize a bit of themselves in the Motor City — unemployment, the decline of manufacturing and municipalities, and the new … Continue reading

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Wonder Women! Inspires Wonder City Game

Originally posted on Beyond the Box. Wonder City has been developed as companion game to the PBS documentary feature, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. While the film encourages young audiences to explore pop cultural history as a means of thinking … Continue reading

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Director Marco Williams on the Making of The Undocumented

Since 1998, more than two thousand dead bodies have been found in Arizona’s Sonora Desert — the remains of “border crossers” who perished en route to the United States from Mexico. In true cinéma vérité style, The Undocumented (premiering Monday, April 29, 2013 … Continue reading

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Looking for a Sci-Fi Fix? Don’t Panic! FUTURESTATES Season 4 Premieres Today

Starting today, the fourth season of FUTURESTATES — public media’s #1 online series of independently-produced, socially conscious, science fiction short films — debuts a new futuristic episode from seven cutting-edge indie filmmakers every Wednesday, kicking off with today’s Elliot King is Third. … Continue reading

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