Take the Ultimate Sesame Street Quiz!

In our preparation for the television broadcast premiere of Being Elmo (April 5 and April 9 at 10pm), we thought we’d whip up another quiz for our audience, many of whom probably watched Sesame Street in the Mr. Hooper era, long before there was an Elmo. Sesame Street has been on for a few months … READ MORE

Preview: FUTURESTATES Season 3 is Almost Here! Seven Visions of the Future from Seven Cutting-Edge Indie Filmmakers

If you were given a glimpse into the future, would it change the way you live today? Returning for a third season, the FUTURESTATES series offers a new collection of seven fictional shorts that explore possible future scenarios through the lens of today’s global realities. Produced by ITVS (which produces Independent Lens for you) and created by … READ MORE

Month-Long Women and Girls Lead Online Film Festival Kicks Off

Women and Girls Lead, a public media campaign designed to uplift, empower, and celebrate women who are making change around the world, is honoring Women’s History Month with a month-long online film festival featuring many audience favorites from the Independent Lens library. The festival will run through March and features a collection of documentary films … READ MORE

Independent Lens Goes to the 84th Academy Awards

We’re lucky enough to be able to share these gorgeous photos from Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, thanks to Danfung Dennis — who was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for Hell and Back Again – and Susan Margolin of New Video. Enjoy!

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Migrating to the ‘Burbs

We saw this item in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle, and knew we’d have to post it here for posterity. There’s news about the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (the birds themselves, not the film); the flocks are migrating slowly to other parts of the Bay Area, including one group occupying the sleepy town of Brisbane, … READ MORE

Late Night Oscar Diaries

Independent Lens Series Producer Lois Vossen attended Sunday night’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. She was there to support two nominated films for Best Documentary feature: Independent Lens‘s Hell and Back Again and If a Tree Falls (which aired on POV). Although the documentary Undefeated wound up taking the prize, Lois had a blast and … READ MORE

Two Independent Lens Docs Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

More awards season news for the Independent Lens family. The Film Independent Spirit Awards are also this weekend, and Independent Lens has two nominated films: Hell and Back Again is nominated in the Truer than Fiction category, and We Were Here is nominated for Best Documentary. Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis and … READ MORE

UK Prime Minister Hopes for a Hell and Back Again Oscar Win

Prime Minister David Cameron sent this note to Mike Lerner, producer of Hell and Back Again, yesterday. The very British Roast Beef Productions are the clever lads behind Danfung Dennis’s Oscar-nominated documentary. We say ditto! Good luck Danfung, Mike, Martin, Nathan, Ashley, and the whole Hell and Back Again crew.

Best Documentary Nominees Visit Talk of the Nation

Filmmakers Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Marshall Curry (If A Tree Falls) both appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation this week to discuss their respective films — both of which are nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Listen to the interviews with host Neal Conan, below: Hell and Back Again “After so many … READ MORE

Black History Month? There’s an App for That!

Shukree Tilghman, the director of the Independent Lens film More Than a Month, speaks with Hari Sreenivasen from PBS NewsHour about the special interactive iPhone app More Than a Mapp that he and Ember Media have developed to track and showcase important African American historical sites. Much like the apps that help you find a … READ MORE

The Island President Appears on Morning Edition After Apparent Coup

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed appeared on Morning Edition this week. Nasheed was forced to resign earlier this month in what he referred to as a coup, a claim his successor denies. He is featured in the documentary The Island President, which will air next season on Independent Lens. Listen to NPR’s Morning Edition interview … READ MORE