Promotional image for The Homestretch News & Doc Emmy

We were pleased to learn that The Homestretch took home a News and Documentary Emmy® Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting, in the News & Doc Emmy Awards ceremony held at New York City’s Lincoln Center presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) on September 21.

In addition, filmmaker Stanley Nelson, who directed the award-winning, social media-trending Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the News & Doc Emmy ceremony.

Indie Lens received eight nominations all told: The Kill Team for Outstanding Investigative Reporting; Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming; 1971 for Outstanding Historical Reporting; After the Storm for New Approach: Documentary; American Denial for Outstanding Science and Technology Programming; Through a Lens Darkly for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming; and Rich Hill, like The Homestretch, nominated for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting.

“We are delighted to have been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a News and Documentary Emmy® for The Homestretch,” said Independent Lens Executive Producer Lois Vossen. “It’s a great testament to our talented filmmakers who continue to break new ground with documentaries that have a lasting impact on our viewers and our society.”

Directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly, The Homestretch follows three smart and ambitious Chicago teens who brave frigid winters, high school pressures, and homelessness as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.


See Stanley Nelson receive his Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, introduced and presented by legendary journalist Bill Moyers: