Wham! Bam! Islam! — Tune In, Then Log On for THE 99

Can a team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99 challenge Western prejudices, stem the tide of extremism, provide positive role models for Muslim children, and make a profit as well? THE 99, the first animated Muslim superheroes who each exemplify one of the 99 attributes of Allah and fight together against evil, might be able … READ MORE

Introducing the Independent Lens Documentary Club on Twitter

This week we’re debuting our brand new Independent Lens Documentary Club! Let’s get together to discuss this week’s film, Wham Bam Islam!, other documentary films, and whatever else you feel like talking about with us. Here’s how it works: Wham Bam Islam! is premiering Thursday at 10 PM on most PBS stations (check here to … READ MORE

R.I.P. Mikey Welsh: Musician, Artist, Friend of Independent Lens

I met Mikey Welsh by way of the internet last winter, as we prepared our special project for Artists Month, featuring outsider artists. In my research, I ran across a trove of paintings by an obviously prolific young artist whose style was instantly recognizable as a synthesis of the sensibilities of de Kooning and Basquiat, … READ MORE

Catch These Documentaries About Two New Nobel Laureates!

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia (along with Tawakkul Karman of Yemen) were announced as winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize today. As you likely know, Independent Lens is a proud partner of the  Women and Girls Lead public media campaign, and it so happens two films we’re associated with that profile Sirleaf and Gbowee will be … READ MORE

IL Catches Up with Isaac Solotaroff, Director of Wham! Bam! Islam!

Independent Lens caught up with Isaac Solotaroff, the filmmaker behind Wham! Bam! Islam!, a film about a Kuwaiti entrepreneur trying to launch a comic book series in the Middle East featuring heroes who embody the 99 virtues of Allah.  Solotaroff took a parallel journey in creating his documentary, and in the end won the trust … READ MORE

Introducing Our Illustrious New Host, Mary-Louise Parker!

OK, we could barely hold it in, but now we can let you know … the award-winning actor Mary-Louise Parker is set to be the host of the 10th season of Independent Lens, which premieres on October 13, 2011! Parker, currently starring in the acclaimed Showtime series Weeds, has a long and illustrious career playing … READ MORE

Women & Girls Lead Coming to PBS This Fall

Independent Lens is honored to be a part of the innovative public media initiative Women and Girls Lead. The project seeks to use the power of documentary storytelling and the reach of public media to connect and inspire viewers around the world about issues that affect girls and women. A number of the films coming … READ MORE

Revisiting 9/11, The Oath, and Gitmo, Ten Years On

We’re joining with ITVS & PBS NewsHour for a live chat this Monday, September 12, about the human fallout of 9/11, centered on the award-winning film The Oath. The Oath will stream live for free from September 11-13 on the ITVS 20th Anniversary Indies Showcase. The Oath, which originally aired on POV, follows the story … READ MORE

Announcing our 10th Season of Remarkable Independents!

It’s that time again! Time for the premiere of a new and glorious season of Independent Lens, with an eclectic and inspiring schedule full of independent documentaries guaranteed to surprise, entertain, and astound you. This season, we’ve got remarkable lineup of 30 films from a broad range of talented independent filmmakers showcasing diverse perspectives not … READ MORE

Meet Christina Pettit, Our 100,000th Facebook Fan!

On Sunday, August 14 at about 1:30pm EDT, the Independent Lens Facebook page passed a pretty notable milestone. At about that time, 30-year-old Christina Pettit of New York City clicked “Like” and became our 100,000th fan. Wow! We checked out her Facebook profile, which reveals her religious views (“I’m into reason”); indicates she is a … READ MORE

IL Classic China Blue to Stream Free; Chat on Globalization with PBS NewsHour

Next up on the summer ITVS Indies Showcase is an Independent Lens classic, China Blue. Micha Peled’s stunning undercover film follows Jasmine, one of many teenagers working at a blue jeans factory, struggling to survive brutal work conditions. Shot clandestinely and without permission from Chinese authorities, China Blue takes a rare and poignant look at … READ MORE

A Trip Down Memory Lane with the PBS Logo

Almost nothing makes me so nostalgic as the bumpers and “idents” (network identification spots) of the media of my childhood. That got me thinking about the PBS logo through the years — which is a very personal anchor for a lot of our memories of learning while watching our favorite shows through the years. Independent … READ MORE