Category Archives: Online Viewing

Summertime Throwback Thursdays

Thursdays are already a pretty cool day, given their proximity to Friday and the weekend. They’re even cooler with “Throwback Thursdays,” because who doesn’t love going retro? For Throwback Thursdays this summer, we dig into the Independent Lens archives each week … Continue reading

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PBS Online Film Festival (Including Independent Lens Shorts)

WATCH. VOTE. SHARE. For the third year running, the PBS Online Film Festival is happening as we speak. Two excellent short films are representing Independent Lens as part of the line-up: Tryouts, by Susana Casares [official site], and Border Bedazzlers, by Grace Jackson [official Facebook … Continue reading

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A Musical Journey Through Muscle Shoals

The word “magic” is mentioned a lot in Muscle Shoals, a mesmerizing documentary that tries to explain, or at least place in context, the extraordinary success of FAME (founded by producer Rick Hall in the late 1950s) and Muscle Shoals … Continue reading

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Trials of Muhammad Ali Simulcast: Online Screening and Live Chat

The Trials of Muhammad Ali Exclusive Screening & Live Chat with Director Bill Siegel Monday April 14, 10pm ET/7 PT Independent Lens, Kartemquin Films, and Eight Arizona are trying something new. For the first time ever, we’re hosting an online … Continue reading

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PBS Indies Shorts Launches With Independent Lens & POV Films

PBS Indies Shorts, a new collection of short films, working in partnership with its independent strand producers POV and us here at Independent Lens/Independent Television Service (ITVS), launched today. Over the coming months, the new site will showcase 26 original … Continue reading

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#SHEDOCS: Online Film Festival Marches into March

March marches in with the second annual #SheDocs, an online film festival showcasing 12 documentaries highlighting extraordinary women and their accomplishments in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The fest is presented by ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead … Continue reading

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Spies of Mississippi Online Screening and Chat

Today (Tuesday, February 11) at 6 pm PST on the OVEE site, we’re happy to present an encore screening of the film Spies of Mississippi online, featuring live comments from director Dawn Porter.

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Four Films Streaming Online for Black History Month

While PBS kicks off Black History Month in fine style tonight with the broadcast premiere of the ITVS-funded American Promise on POV [trailer], Independent Lens and PBS’s Black Culture Connection have launched four of our films to watch for free online, all month … Continue reading

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Best Docs Streaming on Netflix List via Uproxx

Thanks to Ryan Perry on Uproxx for compiling this list of the 25 Best Documentaries available to stream on Netflix, especially since [horn tooting sound] 11 of them are Independent Lens films and/or ITVS-funded films. Here are the Independent Lens … Continue reading

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A Look Back at the Films of Frederick Wiseman

The television premiere of Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley [on PBS Monday, January 13; check local listings], his 42nd film, seemed an especially apt time to introduce viewers who may not be as familiar with the prolific documentarian’s previous work. In a … Continue reading

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