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#SHEDOCS: Online Film Festival Marches into March

March marches in with the second annual #SheDocs, an online film festival showcasing 12 documentaries highlighting extraordinary women and their accomplishments in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The fest is presented by ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead campaign, sponsored by Eileen Fisher, Inc., and features a host of Independent Lens films at … 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

Women and Girls Lead: A New Public Media Initiative

It has been a pretty exciting week around here. On Monday, President and CEO of the Independent Television Service Sally Jo Fifer announced the launch of an ambitious multiyear, multiplatform campaign to bring the powerful storytelling power of independent media to bear on issues surround women and girls worldwide. On Tuesday, we premiered Bhutto, the … READ MORE

The Danger and Pathos of Shooting the BHUTTO Doc

The day after Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, political consultant and film producer and director Duane Baughman was on the phone with his colleague Mark Siegel, who had been a close personal friend and confidante of Bhutto’s. In their grief, the two hatched a plan to shoot a film about the Pakistani politician, … READ MORE

Five Independent Lens Films Win IDA Awards

Wow, what a weekend. The International Documentary Awards bestowed high honors on several films that will make their broadcast premiere on Independent Lens in coming months. We want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the filmmakers and give you our viewers a look at the trailers for these exceptional films. The winners, announced last week … READ MORE