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10 Great Animated Documentaries

Keith Maitland’s animated documentary TOWER has left critics and awards-voting bodies alike flummoxed as to how best to categorize it. This is a visionary work, no doubt, that uses voice-actors and vintage audio to reconstruct what happened back in 1966 when a sniper shot dozens of people on the campus of University of Texas. The rotoscopic … READ MORE

Best Documentaries of 2014: Scanning the Critics’ Lists

The critics have spoken. And they’re saying… a lot of different things, but when it comes to picking the best documentary films of the year there is plenty of common ground. We’ve surveyed a wide variety of critics and publications to gather the documentaries they thought were the best of 2014 [highlighting Independent Lens films … READ MORE

5 Independent Lens Films for Veteran’s Day

In honor of our nation’s veterans on Veteran’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of a few Independent Lens films that centered around American soldiers. While the day was initially intended to honor soldiers who fought in WWI (timed with the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with … READ MORE

March Madness: Best Basketball Films

Looking back at the 2014 broadcast television premiere of Independent Lens‘ Medora, not to mention that we’re in the midst of NCAA basketball “March Madness,” we have the sport of James Naismith firmly on our minds. While Medora is about much, much more than high school basketball — “The film transcends the underdog sports doc,” wrote John Fink in The Film … READ MORE

Some of Our Favorite Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

As it’s Academy Award time again, where one feature documentary out of five worthy finalists is chosen as Best, it seemed fitting to take a trip down memory lane for that Oscar category in particular. In honor of the fact that there have been 86 of these ceremonies now, I’ve created a few new, slightly … READ MORE

The Best of the Best Documentaries of 2013 Lists List

It was a good year for documentaries. Maybe we say that every year, but 2013 felt particularly strong. How can anyone keep track of all the excellent non-fiction films you need to see (and check off the ones you’ve already seen)? By using this handy-dandy List of the Lists, as it were. We’ve collected many … READ MORE

Best Docs Streaming on Netflix List via Uproxx

Thanks to Ryan Perry on Uproxx for compiling this list of the 25 Best Documentaries available to stream on Netflix, especially since [horn tooting sound] 11 of them are Independent Lens films and/or ITVS-funded films. Here are the Independent Lens films on their list, with links to our site (if you don’t see these films … READ MORE

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

Ten Documentaries about Poverty and Power

The current economy has given us an occasion to wonder how attainable the American dream is. If you start with nothing, can you actually pull yourself up by the bootstraps, Horatio-Alger style? Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (premiering Nov. 12 on Independent Lens) poses this question by examining two neighborhoods through which … READ MORE