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

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