Five Independent Lens Films Win IDA Awards

Wow, what a weekend. The International Documentary Awards bestowed high honors on several films that will make their broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in coming months. We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the filmmakers and give you our viewers a look at the trailers for these exceptional films. The winners, announced last week … READ MORE

The Calling Goes Live and Online

Ever watched a film and then chatted with the people in it in real time without ever leaving your sofa? Well, you’re about to. We’re pulling out the stops for a special film coming up: The Calling by Danny Alpert. The two-part series airs on back-to-back nights December 20 and 21 at a special time … READ MORE

CONTEST: Why is Your Zip Code the Best?

In anticipation of the upcoming premiere of the film 45365 (Independent Lens, December 14 at 9 PM – check local listings), we’re launching a social media contest for you, our faithful fans. The rules are simple: • Leave your entry in a comment below, on our Facebook page, or in a Twitter message (if you … READ MORE

Live Chat with Deep Down Filmmaker Sally Rubin

  About Deep Down: Mountaintop removal mining is a big industry in Appalachia, bringing jobs, but also a steep environmental cost. Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky. Now in their 50s, they find themselves in the midst of a debate dividing their community and … READ MORE

What Film Goes Best with Turkey?

A happy Thanksgiving to all of you in PBS land from all of us here at Independent Lens. There’s nothing we’re more grateful for than our loyal, intelligent, thoughtful, and generous viewers. For this holiday weekend, we thought we’d see what will be occupying your eyeballs (other than PBS, of course).

Missed It? More Ways to Watch and Discuss Deep Down

Did you miss last night’s premiere of Deep Down? Not to worry — thanks to the interwebs, we’ve got more ways for you to see it at your leisure, and to get involved with the issues and people in and behind the film. Right here at PBS.org for example, you can watch the whole film … READ MORE

Floyd County, USA: Digging Deep for Coal Doc

Filmmakers Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen shared with Independent Lens the arduous process of making Deep Down and the profound rewards of doing what you love with someone you trust. The film premieres Tuesday, November 23 at 10 PM (check local listings). What impact do you hope Deep Down will have? We have three main … READ MORE

Deep Down: I’m a Coal Miner’s Avatar

Next week on Independent Lens, we’re airing Deep Down, a film about the impact of mountaintop removal coal mining on a Kentucky community. (Check local listings.) To help viewers better understand the challenges of balancing the environment, quality of life, and economic interests, the filmmakers created a virtual coal mine in Second Life. Our own … READ MORE

‘The Day My God Died’ Hero Up for CNN Award

Anuradha Koirala, who was featured in the 2004 Independent Lens film The Day My God Died, has been nominated as a Top 10 CNN Hero. Voting for the prestigious honor is now closed, but the Hero of the Year will be honored on Thanksgiving Day on CNN. The Day My God Died, by Andrew Levine, … READ MORE

Lost Sparrow Director Chris Billing Discusses Excavating Family Secrets

Journalist and filmmaker Chris Billing talked to us about making Lost Sparrow, a deeply personal film about the secrets that killed his brothers and tore his family apart. The film premieres on Independent Lens on Tuesday, November 16 on PBS (check local listings). What impact do you hope this film will have? Lost Sparrow is … READ MORE

Poll: The Greatest War Documentary Ever Made?

We at Independent Lens would like to wish all of our servicemen and servicewomen — past and present — and their families a happy Veterans Day. Check out this video message from America Ferrera honoring all you do. See more Independent Lens. To mark this day, we thought we’d conduct an informal poll of you, … READ MORE