Independent Lens Wins Two News & Documentary Emmys

Last night, the News & Documentary Emmy® Awards ceremony was held at Geffen Hall in New York City, and we were excited to learn that two Independent Lens films came away with Emmys. Congratulations to not only the winning filmmakers and all the Independent Lens films that were nominated, but to the full group of outstanding documentaries and … READ MORE

Welcome to Your New Independent Lens

Greetings indie doc devotees! You might notice things look a bit different around here. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your tablet or smartphone? It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the new Independent Lens website. We took advantage of our summer hiatus to do a site refresh and provide you with faster, better and … READ MORE

Independent Lens Nominated for 10 News & Doc Emmys

On the heels of the Primetime Emmy Award nomination for The Great Invisible, Independent Lens learned today that our series received 10 (count ’em, ten!) nominations for the 36th annual News & Doc Emmys, including three nominations for The Trials of Muhammad Ali and two for Bully, both films garnering a nom for Best Documentary. All told, PBS nabbed an Emmy-leading 57 … READ MORE

Hispanic Heritage Month and The State of Arizona

What began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week became National Hispanic Heritage Month 20 years later and runs every year September 15 until October 15. The month is a time to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The specific time period … READ MORE

#tbt Throwback Thursday Streaming Returns to Indie Lens

While we put the finishing touches on our slate of exciting fall films, here’s your chance to catch up on recent Indie Lens hits. From the world’s wealthiest address to the serene monasteries of the Himalayas to the rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of a lifetime, indulge your doc appetite for five consecutive weeks of encore streaming every #tbt. Check … READ MORE

The Great Invisible Nominated for 2015 Emmy Award

We were excited to learn today that the Independent Lens film The Great Invisible, which aired on PBS in April, was just nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit for Documentary Filmmaking. Kudos to director Margaret Brown and her whole team for the honor. The Hollywood Reporter called The Great Invisible “a powerful documentary that reminds … READ MORE

And the Winner of the 2014-2015 Independent Lens Audience Award Is…

The winner of this season’s Independent Lens Audience Award, as chosen by voting viewers, is…. Kumu Hina! Interestingly, Kumu Hina is not the first Independent Lens film to win the Audience Award that is about hula dance: Men of Hula won the award in 2008. We heard from Kumu Hina filmmaker Dean Hamer, understandably ecstatic about … READ MORE

Penelope Spheeris’ Decline of Western Civilization Rises Again

Editor’s note: While these aren’t Independent Lens films of course, the Decline films are some of our very favorite music docs, make for perfect summertime viewing, and are finally all out together on DVD. Read on for critic Noel Murray’s exclusive take on them, and a few more of his own favorites. By Noel Murray Each of director … READ MORE

19 Memorable Faces of Independent Lens’ 2014-15 Season

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than unleash many more words on you, here’s a photo gallery reminding you of some of the memorable faces from this just-concluded season of Independent Lens. We thank you for spending time with us over the past few months.

Time to Vote! Independent Lens 2014-2015 Audience Award

The Independent Lens 2014-2015 season may have ended, but the Audience Award is heating up. Rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season on our Audience Awards page. In order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given film, you will not be able to vote for it again … READ MORE