We Want to Hear Your Alzheimer’s Stories

We’re gearing up for next week’s premiere of You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t, Scott Kirschenbaum’s gentle and funny portrait of Lee Gorewitz, a resident at a care facility for people with Alzheimer’s. For those of us who have family members coping with Alzheimer’s, it can also be refreshing to … READ MORE

4 Hilarious Elmo/Kevin Clash Videos and a Trailer

We’re gearing up for the premiere of Being Elmo on April 5 and April 9 at 10pm, and in that spirit, we’ve found some pretty hilarious videos you may NOT have seen of Elmo (and puppeteer Kevin Clash). Here are a few of our favorites. Elmo Visits with Jimmy Fallon (part 1) Did you know … READ MORE

5 Videos Making the Rounds in the Independent Lens Office

Happy Pi Day (it’s March 14, rendered 3.14 for those prone to math humor), and we circulated some videos around the office that played on that theme, as well as some that veered off into other directions. In case you wondered what we watch around here besides the documentaries we bring you every week, these … READ MORE

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.