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Cyntoia’s Story Finalist for Casey Medal in Journalism for Families and Children

We’re excited to learn that last season’s film Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story by Dan Birman has been named a finalist for the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the University of Maryland. The Casey Medals recognize exemplary reporting on children and families in the U.S. Cyntoia’s Story is an examination of juvenile justice in … READ MORE

Independent Lens Goes to the 84th Academy Awards

We’re lucky enough to be able to share these gorgeous photos from Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, thanks to Danfung Dennis — who was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for Hell and Back Again – and Susan Margolin of New Video. Enjoy!

Late Night Oscar Diaries

Independent Lens Series Producer Lois Vossen attended Sunday night’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. She was there to support two nominated films for Best Documentary feature: Independent Lens‘s Hell and Back Again and If a Tree Falls (which aired on POV). Although the documentary Undefeated wound up taking the prize, Lois had a blast and … READ MORE

Two Independent Lens Docs Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

More awards season news for the Independent Lens family. The Film Independent Spirit Awards are also this weekend, and Independent Lens has two nominated films: Hell and Back Again is nominated in the Truer than Fiction category, and We Were Here is nominated for Best Documentary. Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis and … READ MORE

UK Prime Minister Hopes for a Hell and Back Again Oscar Win

Prime Minister David Cameron sent this note to Mike Lerner, producer of Hell and Back Again, yesterday. The very British Roast Beef Productions are the clever lads behind Danfung Dennis’s Oscar-nominated documentary. We say ditto! Good luck Danfung, Mike, Martin, Nathan, Ashley, and the whole Hell and Back Again crew.

Best Documentary Nominees Visit Talk of the Nation

Filmmakers Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Marshall Curry (If A Tree Falls) both appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation this week to discuss their respective films — both of which are nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Listen to the interviews with host Neal Conan, below: Hell and Back Again “After so many … READ MORE

Guess the Oscars with Independent Lens

It’s Academy Awards time again, and once more Independent Lens has a horse in this race! Our upcoming film Hell and Back Again, by Danfung Dennis, is one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Hell and Back Again airs on May 24, 2012 at 10 PM and on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, … READ MORE

Independent Lens, POV Score Oscar Nominations

(UPDATED) We’re all aglow this morning with news that Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again (coming to Independent Lens in May) scored a coveted Academy Award nomination! In the film, U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, Harris returns to North Carolina and … READ MORE

Catch These Documentaries About Two New Nobel Laureates!

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia (along with Tawakkul Karman of Yemen) were announced as winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize today. As you likely know, Independent Lens is a proud partner of the  Women and Girls Lead public media campaign, and it so happens two films we’re associated with that profile Sirleaf and Gbowee will be … READ MORE

Independent Lens Nominated for Five Emmys

We are extremely proud to report that five Independent Lens films scored Emmy Award nominations this week! Mostly, we are thrilled for the amazing and creative independent filmmakers who toil to tell these stories, and who deserve all of the praise an laurels we can heap upon them. Huzzah and hooray to one and all! … READ MORE

Audience Award Winner Two Spirits Was a Community Effort

This week we unveiled the winner of the 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award, our season finale Two Spirits. The film is the story of Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy who was naadlehi, or male with a feminine spirit. Fred was 16 years old when 18-year-old Shaun Murphy bludgeoned him to death for being different. When … READ MORE