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IL Classic China Blue to Stream Free; Chat on Globalization with PBS NewsHour

Next up on the summer ITVS Indies Showcase is an Independent Lens classic, China Blue. Micha Peled’s stunning undercover film follows Jasmine, one of many teenagers working at a blue jeans factory, struggling to survive brutal work conditions. Shot clandestinely and without permission from Chinese authorities, China Blue takes a rare and poignant look at … 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

For Your Tuesday: Basquiat, and a Live Chat with Our Artists Month Filmmakers

In celebration of Artists Month, we are hosting a live chat today in collaboration with PBS NewsHour’s Art Beat and ITVS. Join us RIGHT HERE for a discussion about creativity, transformation, outsider art, and the love of great storytelling with the filmmakers behind this month’s slate of amazing docs. Join us right here at 7 … READ MORE

Live Chat with NewsHour: The Congo and Beyond

To honor the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, we’re co-hosting a live online discussion with ITVS and PBS News Hour about violence against women in the Congo and beyond. Our chat, hosted by NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan, centers on the upcoming Independent Lens documentary Pushing the Elephant, and will explore the effects of … READ MORE

Live Chat with Best Doc Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker

Filmmaker Lucy Walker joined us for a live chat on Wednesday, February 9 to talk about her film Waste Land. The documentary, which airs April 19 on Independent Lens has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who travels to his native Rio de Janiero … READ MORE

Live Chat with The Calling Director Danny Alpert

UPDATE: Did you watch part one of the series last night? You can still catch the last episode of the special series The Calling on PBS tonight at 9 PM. But first, here’s your chance to participate in a live chat with the director of the series, Danny Alpert. The chat will commence at 2pm … READ MORE

The Calling Goes Live and Online

Ever watched a film and then chatted with the people in it in real time without ever leaving your sofa? Well, you’re about to. We’re pulling out the stops for a special film coming up: The Calling by Danny Alpert. The two-part series airs on back-to-back nights December 20 and 21 at a special time … READ MORE

Live Chat with Deep Down Filmmaker Sally Rubin

  About Deep Down: Mountaintop removal mining is a big industry in Appalachia, bringing jobs, but also a steep environmental cost. Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky. Now in their 50s, they find themselves in the midst of a debate dividing their community and … READ MORE

Missed It? More Ways to Watch and Discuss Deep Down

Did you miss last night’s premiere of Deep Down? Not to worry — thanks to the interwebs, we’ve got more ways for you to see it at your leisure, and to get involved with the issues and people in and behind the film. Right here at PBS.org for example, you can watch the whole film … READ MORE