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A Huge Year for Independent Lens Films

It’s been a banner year for Independent Lens. Our films have scored some of the most highly coveted film awards, honors, and accolades in 2012 – including five of the 15 features on the Academy Awards documentary short list. “It’s a pinnacle so far for us, and we’re so proud of everyone involved,” says Lois … READ MORE

The Waiting Room Makes Washington Post 2012 Top-10 Film List!

Independent Lens films continue to pile up incredible accolades and awards this month.  The latest: The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday just came out with her list of the top 10 films of  2012, and The Waiting Room ranked No. 3 – above even Argo and Anna Karenina! We are so proud of filmmaker Peter Nicks … READ MORE

How Will You Decide Your Person of the Year?

Time magazine this week announced the contenders for its 2012 Person of the Year, and we’re very happy to see that Ai Weiwei, subject of our upcoming film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, is in the running. As China’s most famous living artist and notorious political dissident, we think he richly deserves a crack at this … READ MORE

It’s Been a Great Week for Independent Lens!

What a week for Independent Lens! First the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for 2013. Then Time magazine showed The Invisible War some major love in its “Top Movies of 2012.” It’s the only documentary on the list! And now the Academy Awards shortlist is out with some films that are very near and dear to our hearts.

POV Announces the 25 Greatest Documentaries of All Time

Your votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and sister series POV has announced the 25 Greatest Documentaries of All Time. Some may surprise you, others not so much. The top contender is far from a new film. In fact, it’s one of the older documentaries on the list. But despite its gray title, … READ MORE

The Island President to Receive IDA Pare Lorentz Award

Originally posted on Documentary.org. This year, the esteemed Pare Lorentz Award will go to The Island President, directed by John Shenk. Each year, the International Documentary Association gives this award to a film that demonstrates concern for the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and the illumination of pressing social problems. Previous winners … READ MORE

Election Season Extended (for Best Documentaries of All Time)

What does it mean to be the greatest? This week our sister series, POV, launched an ambitious survey which will culminate in a master list of the greatest documentaries of all time. Obviously, we have our own favorites (wink, wink … nudge, nudge), but encourage our fans to crowdsource their documentary faves, for the love … READ MORE

Have You Heard from Johannesburg wins Primetime Emmy Award

Independent Lens Audience Award Winner Have You Heard From Johannesburg won the Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards last night! Have You Heard From Johannesburg is an epic five-part documentary series, produced and directed by Connie Field, chronicling the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring … READ MORE

The 2012 Independent Lens Audience Award Goes To ….

We had so many great films with so much excellence filling out our 10th season that our Audience Award came right down to a photo finish. Our dual winners tied after unprecedented rates of voting by a very passionate fan base. Thanks to all of our fans for standing up and being counted! So allow … READ MORE

Which Film Will be This Season’s Audience Favorite? Vote Now

UPDATE: Voting for the Season 10 Audience Award is now closed. Thanks for participating! 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 … READ MORE

Have You Heard From Johannesburg Nominated for Primetime Emmy

In January of this year, we brought you the epic five-part documentary series Have You Heard From Johannesburg, by Connie Field. This morning we learned that the series has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking! We’re pretty excited and proud, as you can imagine. As you prepare for … READ MORE

Independent Lens Snags Five Emmy Nominations!

We arrived in the office this morning to fantastic news! Four Independent Lens films have been nominated for a total of five Emmy Awards! We are thrilled that these remarkable filmmakers are receiving such a well-deserved honor. Congratulations to all of you! And the nominees are … OUTSTANDING CONTINUING COVERAGE OF A NEWS STORY – … READ MORE