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At Berkeley Shares National Society of Film Critics Best Non-Fic Honor

At Berkeley, which will be broadcast on Independent Lens on January 13, was just named co-recipient of Best Non-Fiction Film of 2013 by the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), sharing the honor with The Act of Killing. The full vote breakdown for all the NSFC categories is listed here. “We are extremely pleased to have supported … READ MORE

Independent Lens Wins IDA Award for Best Continuing Series

The International Documentary Association (IDA) Documentary Awards were announced today in a ceremony in Los Angeles, and we’re proud to say that Independent Lens was bestowed the honor of being named Best Continuing Series. In addition, Blood Brother, Steve Hoover’s film about his friend Rocky Braat’s experiences working with HIV-positive children in India, airing on Independent Lens … READ MORE

Independent Lens Nominated for IDA Awards

We’re pleased to learn that the International Documentary Association, which is one of the most respected organizations devoted to promoting and assisting the documentary film community, has nominated Independent Lens for an IDA Documentary Award for Best Continuing Series. We’re proud to stand alongside our friends at POV and the other excellent series receiving the same … READ MORE

Gotham Awards: Independent Lens Films Nominated for Best Doc and for Audience Award

Three Independent Lens films, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, Blood Brother (which will air on PBS in January), and The New Black (airing next June), are all up for IFP Gotham Audience Awards, which “celebrates audience award winners from across the Top 50 US and Canadian film festivals.” Voting is open now and you can vote … READ MORE

Independent Lens Short Documentary Nominated for Emmy

The Independent Lens short film As I Am, which was broadcast with the documentary The House I Live In, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category “New Approaches: Documentaries.” The short is part of the series “Memphis Poverty: What Obama Didn’t See,” by filmmaker Alan Spearman [read a Q&A with the filmmaker here.] It was chosen … READ MORE

2013 Emmy Nominations for Independent Lens

We were excited to learn that several Independent Lens films have been nominated for 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again — which had previously been nominated for an Oscar — was nominated for a Best Documentary Emmy. The film intimately traces a … READ MORE

The 2013 Audience Award Goes to…

After a tight and active race, Independent Lens voters have spoken: The winner of the 2013 Independent Lens Audience Award is The Revisionaries. Scott Thurman’s “well-made dispatch from a long war” [The New York Times] about the tempest over Texas textbook revisions was called both “alarming [and] hilarious” by Salon.com‘s Andrew O’Hehir, and audiences seem to … READ MORE

Which Film Will Be This Season’s Audience Favorite? It’s Up to You!

Statues, laurels, trophies, medals, plaques, certificates … there are plenty of awards to be won in the film business, but there is only ONE Independent Lens Audience Award, honoring our fans’ favorite film of the season. Like audience awards at the great film festivals, filmmakers especially treasure our audience award because it is an expression … READ MORE

Say Yes to Women’s Leadership: Last Week to Vote for Your Favorite #SheDocs Film!

The #SheDocs Online Film Festival has brought you stories from Cambodia (Welcome to the World) to the Wampanoag tribe of southeastern Massachusetts (We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân), from triumphs such as the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress (Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority) to injustices such as a 10-year-old Afghan girl sold by … READ MORE

Behind the Scenes at the Oscars with Lois Vossen

  Our film The Invisible War may not have scored Oscar gold last night, but we are so proud it came so close. Our very own Lois Vossen, Independent Lens senior series producer, was on the scene, and provided us with some great “insider” photos. We’ll intersperse them with her comments about the film. Consider … READ MORE

The Invisible War Nominated for Oscar!

We’re thrilled to report that The Invisible War, a groundbreaking film exposing the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military, is one of five nominees for an Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Which American Films Deserve to Be Preserved in Perpetuity?

Last night, Anatomy of a Murder was on cable into the wee hours, and since I couldn’t sleep thanks to a combination of a touch of the flu and the raging storm outside, I curled up on the couch next to my yellow Lab and watched. I expected sleep to get the better of me … READ MORE