Category Archives: Independent Lens Season

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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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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Is Time Itself Brakeless?

The Nature of Time “I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the … Continue reading

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Brakeless Filmmaker Explores the Dangers of Time-Obsession

Filmmaker Kyoko Miyake was born and raised in Japan, though she has lived in the UK for the last 12 years, in addition to a year-long stint in Paris. So she’s lived in multiple places where trains and public transportation are an … Continue reading

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Update on the Twin Sisters from the California Mom

We have an exclusive update on the two twin girls featured in Twin Sisters (the film by Mona Friis Bertheussen premieres on PBS tonight, Monday, October 20, at 10 pm; check local listings), from someone who would know: the mother … Continue reading

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