The 2012 Winter/Spring Season is Here!

Hosted by Mary-Louise Parker, the Independent Lens Winter/Spring lineup includes the award-winning films We Were Here, Hell and Back Again, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, and more! “Our upcoming winter/spring season features a robust slate of some of the most engaging and award-winning documentaries ever on Independent Lens,” said Senior Series Producer Lois Vossen. “It’s … READ MORE

Independent Lens Honors Black History at TCA

Independent Lens announced three new films that examine the history of African American activism, each from a unique perspective, at last week’s Television Critics Association press tour. The TCA panel included legendary activist Angela Davis and artist Talib Kweli. Watch the video below to see some of the icons and artists who joined Independent Lens in recognizing … READ MORE

A Look Back at the Anti-Apartheid Movement

Filmmaker Connie Field took some time out to answer a few questions about her film Have You Heard From Johannesburg, and discuss the parallels between the anti-apartheid movement and present-day protest movements. This five-part series premieres on Independent Lens on January 12, 2012 (check local listings for air dates and times on your local PBS … READ MORE

Remembering Wangari Maathai

Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, the producers of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, attended the Nobel laureate and environmental activist’s funeral in Kenya in October. Merton offered Independent Lens this report on Maathai’s legacy. Taking Root will be rebroadcast beginning on January 5. Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman and the first … READ MORE

A Love Letter to Celluloid Penned by Two Doc Makers

Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton are co-founders of Gravitas Docufilms in California, and the producers of These Amazing Shadows, which made its debut on Independent Lens on Dec. 29, 2011 (check local listings). Their film is a departure for both men, who have worked together on mitigation videos in death penalty cases, and usually work … READ MORE

Independent Lens Fan of the Year?

We MUST to share with you an unsolicited comment we just received from a viewer, which basically brightened an already sparkly holiday season for us, and reminded us why we do what we do: because of you. Happy Holidays to all of you – our remarkably intelligent, incredibly multifaceted, and exceptionally good-looking viewers. I just … READ MORE

Behind the Scenes of The Woodmans with C. Scott Willis and Lois Vossen

This week marks the premiere of The Woodmans, a film by C. Scott Willis about a family of successful artists and the fallout from the death of their youngest and most celebrated member. Francesca Woodman was a talented, visionary, and ground-breaking photographer in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and her work is now seen … READ MORE

Whither the Abductees in a Post-Kim Jong-il North Korea?

With news of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, we immediately thought of the implications for the Japanese citizens abducted by Kim’s regime and never returned. So we asked Chris Sheridan, who made Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story with co-director Patty Kim and Academy Award-winning producer Jane Campion, to provide us with an … READ MORE

Movies to Illuminate the Gloom of Kim Jong-il’s Nasty Legacy

As Kim Jong-il’s bizarre reign over North Korea comes to a close and an era of uncertainty for the region under his son begins, we started thinking of the great films we have aired which provide glimpses inside the world’s most totalitarian nation in history. First up, Return to the Border, which aired on our … READ MORE

Celebrating the Arts this Month on Independent Lens!

Well here’s a nice endorsement — PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger pays tribute in this video to Independent Lens’s continued commitment to the arts. We’re featuring two arts-focused documentaries this month, beginning this week with The Woodmans, followed by These Amazing Shadows premiering on December 29. (you can discover the date and time these … READ MORE

The Greatest Movie Montages — Got a Favorite?

Our good friends Kurt Norton and Paul Mariano who produced These Amazing Shadows (which airs on Independent Lens on Dec. 29) have posted a really cool video on their blog about the great art of the movie montage. And that’s apropos, since Vanity Fair described These Amazing Shadows as “film montages to end all montages.” … READ MORE

Two Independent Lens Films Make Oscar’s Documentary Shortlist!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences today announced its annual “shortlist” of contenders in the category of Best Documentary Feature today, and two upcoming Independent Lens films are on it! They are Hell and Back Again by Danfung Dennis, and We Were Here: Stories from the AIDS Years in San Francisco by David … READ MORE