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

Fill in the Blank: Whatever Happened to _________?

Here at the Independent Lens Blog, we’re looking to improve your experience by filling in some inevitable blanks created by the passage of time. We’ve broadcast hundreds of films, now that we’re in our 9th official season. Over those years, you’ve met an incredible range of characters: politicians, activists, artists, musicians, students, parents, grandparents, attempted … READ MORE

John J. Valadez on the Making of The Longoria Affair

The Longoria Affair (El caso Longoria) premieres on Independent Lens on Tuesday, November 9 at 10 PM (check local listings). We sat down with filmmaker John J. Valadez to talk about his motivations for filming this story and why so many people have never heard of this pivotal event in American history. What led you … READ MORE

Watch a Bonus Scene from Reel Injun

Did you catch Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian last night? Or maybe your local PBS station hasn’t aired it yet (you can check here). Either way, we thought you might like this extra morsel that didn’t make it into the broadcast version of the film. Director Neil Diamond went to a … READ MORE

Neil Diamond Reflects on Making Reel Injun

Tomorrow is the premiere of Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian. We caught up with filmmaker Neil Diamond to talk about the film and his motivations. Catch the film tomorrow, Nov. 2, at 10 PM on Independent Lens (check local listings). What impact do you hope this film will have? I hope … READ MORE

Three Independent Lens Films Nominated for IDA Awards

The International Documentary Association has given Independent Lens not one, not two, but three big compliments today, announcing that a trifecta of this season’s films have been nominated for prestigious IDA Awards. Congratulations to the filmmakers! Waste Land by Lucy Walker was nominated for the top prize, Outstanding Feature Documentary. Two other upcoming IL shows … READ MORE

The Loss of an Artist: Vanessa Gould Remembers Eric Joisel

The world lost a gentle and brilliant origamist earlier this month in Eric Joisel, the master paper folder featured in Vanessa Gould’s Peabody Award-winning film Between the Folds. The film, which premiered on Independent Lens last year and will be rebroadcast January 18, featured Joisel as “The Artist.” Gould sent us this tribute. With the … READ MORE

Doug Pray Discusses the Making of Art & Copy

Art & Copy debuts on Independent Lens on Tuesday, October 26. Check your local listings. Meanwhile, here’s some behind-the-scenes insight from director Doug Pray: What impact do you hope this film will have? I hope it will encourage better advertising. Commercial communication is not going to disappear from our environment anytime soon. Ninety-five percent of … READ MORE