Film Locations, Doc Clubs, Hashtags, Oh My!

The Independent Lens audience is spectacularly diverse — in fact it attracts the one of the youngest and most diverse prime-time audience on PBS. So it stands to reason there are many different ways our audience might engage with our films. Some of you have cable, some don’t; some use smart phones, some don’t; some … READ MORE

Who Are You? The Ethics and Impact of Donor Conception

Join us for a live moderated chat tomorrow at 10am PT/1pm ET, featuring the director of Donor Unknown and some of the people whose lives have been forever altered by assisted reproductive technologies. The film premieres on Thursday Oct 20 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). (Update: A transcript of the chat is now … READ MORE

Jerry Rothwell Explores the Meaning of Family in Donor Unknown

Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature docs Heavy Load (IFC/ITVS/BBC), about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band; and Deep Water (Pathe/FilmFour/UK Film Council, co‐directed with Louise Osmond), about Donald Crowhurst’s ill‐fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race.  We sat down with … READ MORE

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