Happy Winter Holidays from Independent Lens!

All of us at Independent Lens wish you and yours a safe, warm, peaceful, and joyous holiday season, and a prosperous and intellectually stimulating 2011! See more Independent Lens.

Whatever Happened to … The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill?

What’s red and green and on your TV this holiday? Cherry-headed conures! Next week we get to bring back the old Independent Lens favorite The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill for the holiday season! The film will be broadcast on Independent Lens on Tuesday at 10 PM on PBS (check local listings). Then as an … READ MORE

Ask Not Director Johnny Symons Attends DADT Repeal Signing

Johnny Symons, director of the films Ask Not (Independent Lens, 2009) and Daddy & Papa (Independent Lens, 2002), was invited to attend the ceremony for President Obama’s signing of the repeal of the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which forced gay military personnel to serve in secrecy or be discharged. Emotional as he left … READ MORE

The Resurgence of the Documentary

Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times film critic, devoted his year-end column to documentary films, which he says enjoyed “remarkable resurgence” in 2010: “It’s also hardly a secret that the major studios have, with periodic exceptions, all but given up on making films with the adult audience specifically in mind. So where are moviegoers going … READ MORE

Live Chat with The Calling Director Danny Alpert

UPDATE: Did you watch part one of the series last night? You can still catch the last episode of the special series The Calling on PBS tonight at 9 PM. But first, here’s your chance to participate in a live chat with the director of the series, Danny Alpert. The chat will commence at 2pm … READ MORE

Behind the Scenes with Danny Alpert, Director of The Calling

The Calling is a two-night, four-hour special event on PBS Monday, December 20 and Tuesday, December 21 at 9 PM (check local listings). We sat down with Director Danny Alpert to talk about the intense and long process of creating the film, and what made him tackle such a nuanced and sometimes touchy subject. Join … READ MORE

The View from Paradise: IL Fan Linda Chancler

In anticipation of tonight’s premiere of 45365 (check local listings), we held a social media contest asking our viewers why their zip code was particularly interesting or notable. We took our favorite 10 entries and put them to a popular vote. Our winner was the only one to submit her entry in poem form: Linda … READ MORE

Are You an Independent Lens Facebook Fan?

Our lovely and talented host America Ferrera invites you to join us on Facebook, where we offer exclusive events and content not always available on our website. We have some of the liveliest discussions about our films and the issues they raise on our Facebook page, and we’d like you to come be a part … READ MORE

45365’s Ross Bros Talk About Capturing Fleeting Moments

Bill and Turner Ross have been hailed as up-and-coming auteurs for the fly-on-the-wall vérité style with which they made their debut film, 45365, which premieres on Independent Lens on Tuesday, December 14 (check local listings). The film, which Roger Ebert called “achingly beautiful,” won the 2009 SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. They … READ MORE

Vote for Your Favorite Zip Code Contestant!

You definitely came through with the hometown pride for our zip code contest. We’re getting pretty excited about the broadcast premiere of 45365 on December 14 (check local listings) — after all, Roger Ebert called it an “achingly beautiful film” and it has been hailed on the festival circuit for its novel and novelistic approach. … READ MORE