Live Chat with Best Doc Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker

Filmmaker Lucy Walker joined us for a live chat on Wednesday, February 9 to talk about her film Waste Land. The documentary, which airs April 19 on Independent Lens has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who travels to his native Rio de Janiero … READ MORE

Congo Survivor Weighs in on Tucson Shootings

Rose Mapendo — the subject of the upcoming Independent Lens film Pushing the Elephant — lost her husband and home to the ethnic violence that engulfed the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1990s, and emigrated to Phoenix in 2000 as a refugee. Yet she emerged from the suffering advocating for forgiveness and reconciliation, … READ MORE

When I Rise Filmmakers Talk Civil Rights, Opera, and Tacos

Part of our slate for African American History Month, When I Rise premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, February 8 on PBS (check local listings). As we do with all of our premieres, we asked the filmmakers to sit down and answer a few probing questions about making the film and about filmmaking in general. Director … READ MORE

For Once in My Life Director Finds Inspiration at Band Practice

Filmmaker Jim Bigham sat down with Independent Lens to talk about making For Once in My Life, and how his subjects inspired him to make a film about people with mental and physical challenges that wasn’t condescending but rather expansively joyful. For Once in My Life premieres tonight at 10 PM on PBS (check local … READ MORE

Waste Land Gets Oscar Nod

The nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards are in, and included on the list for best documentary feature is Lucy Walker’s Waste Land. Premiering this April on Independent Lens, the doc follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, as he embarks on a project inspired by the trash pickers at the largest landfill on earth. Congratulations … READ MORE

Find and Use the Secret Word to Win Our Basquiat Poster

Yeah, we’re doing another contest because we really like giving stuff away. First, did you know that select Independent Lens films are screened in more than 95 communities nationwide — at schools, libraries, veteran’s halls, etc. — every month? It’s all part of our Community Cinema initiative designed to bring our films directly to you … READ MORE

PBS Arts Features Eric Joisel, Between the Folds

We’re excited to unveil a multimedia project we developed with filmmaker Vanessa Gould for the new PBS Arts website. It is called Between the Folds: Eric Joisel 1956-2010, and it honors one of the biggest characters in Gould’s film Between the Folds, Eric Joisel. Joisel sadly passed away in October, and we are pleased to … READ MORE

Watch TV, Answer a Question, Win a Prize

We’re celebrating the new spring season by launching a new contest for our Independent Lens fans on Facebook! We’re calling it Watch to Win, and we want you to be ready for it before next Tuesday night Jan. 18, when we’re rebroadcasting the Peabody Award-winning film Between the Folds (check your local listings for the … READ MORE

Crisis in Haiti Especially Dire for Children

Children of Haiti premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 10 PM (check local listings). As tomorrow’s one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake approaches, the media is alight with stories of rebuilding efforts, humanitarian missions, the still-desperate conditions inside the tent camps which sprung up around Port-au-Prince after the disaster left millions homeless. But what often … READ MORE

One Year Later: The Making of Children of Haiti

Children of Haiti premieres on Independent Lens on Tuesday, January 11 (check local listings) — a day before the one-year anniversary of the deadly Haiti earthquake. Although her film wrapped before the quake, filmmaker Alex Hammond has returned to Haiti several times since and joined us to talk about making the film, what has become … READ MORE

The Spring Season is Chock Full of Indie Goodness

OK, so maybe we’re not super excellent at keeping secrets, but we’re excitable. Finally we can tell everyone about our whole spring schedule for Independent Lens! Check out some of the amazing new films we’ve got coming at you in 2011 (and a few viewer favorites coming back for encores). We’ve got films that have … READ MORE

A Portrait of the Director as Middle-Aged Synchronized Swimmer

Dylan Williams, the director and one of the Swim Gents in the film Men Who Swim (check local listings), joined us to discuss how directing and appearing in his own documentary sometimes meant that life imitated art, and vice versa. What made you start filming the Stockholm Arts Gents? As soon as I became a … READ MORE