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Independent Lens Wins Four 2017 News and Documentary Emmys

Last night, the 38th annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, and Independent Lens was thrilled to learn four of our films took home the Emmy® statuette. Congratulations to the winning films: In Football We Trust, Best of Enemies, The Armor of Light, and (T)error.

All told, PBS led the way with 46 nominations and sported 12 winners last night, the most of any network. Independent Lens had 10 films receive News & Doc Emmy® nominations, and we congratulate all of those nominees (see the full list below).

In Football We Trust, Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn
Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

The Armor of Light, Abigail Disney, Kathleen Hughes
Outstanding Social Issue Documentary

(T)ERROR, Lyric Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe
Outstanding Investigative Documentary

Best of EnemiesMorgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Outstanding Historical Documentary

“We’re thrilled that 10 Independent Lens films were nominated this year and four won Emmy Awards,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Executive Producer. “It’s a testament to these filmmakers extraordinary work. Their boots on the ground storytelling results in films at the epicenter of vital conversations happening in America right now about race, gun violence, justice, and what it means to live in a democracy. We have more great films like I Am Not Your Negro, Dolores, and The Force coming to our new season starting on November 6.”

Congrats as well to the ITVS-funded film Thank You for Playing, which aired on POV and won a well-deserved Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary.

The 38th News & Documentary Emmy® Awards honored programming distributed during the calendar year 2016. A full list of all the nominees is available on the Emmys website.

The awards ceremony were live-streamed on both Facebook Live and Twitter via Periscope.

The full list of Independent Lens films nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Awards this year:

(T)ERROR, Lyric Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe
Autism in Love, Matt Fuller, Outstanding Social Issue Documentary
Best of EnemiesMorgan Neville, Robert Gordon
Dogtown Redemption, Amir Soltani, Chihiro Wimbush, Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary
In Football We Trust, Tony Vainuku, Erika Cohn
Meet the Patels, Geeta V. Patel, Ravi Patel, Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary
No Más Bebés, Renee Tajima-Peña, Outstanding Historical Documentary
The Armor of Light, Abigail Disney, Kathleen Hughes
Welcome to Leith, Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher Walker, Best Documentary
Wilhemina’s War, June Cross, Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary