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The New Community Cinema Goes Bilingual and Digital

Guest post by Renee Gasch, National Community Engagement Manager for ITVS & Independent Lens Nine years ago, a dear colleague in Boise, Idaho planted the seed for Community Cinema. Lynn Allen, a longtime public media maven, had been hosting a regular series of documentary film screenings and discussions in Boise; they were well attended and the … READ MORE

Optimism is Revolutionary

The gap between rich and poor worldwide is growing rapidly. Today, over 1 billion people (1 in 6 of us) live in an urban slum and this number is expected to double by the year 2030. That is enough to make anyone pessimistic. For Amlan Ganguly, however, the future is as promising as we make … READ MORE

#SheDocs to the Rescue! Finally, a Film Festival Places Women at the Forefront

Sad fact: Only 11 percent of films have female protagonists. Not #SheDocs. Running March 1 to 31, #SheDocs online film festival boasts 100 percent female leads. Independent filmmakers in the festival spotlight women who are working to transform their lives, their communities, and the world. All 10 films will be made available free online on the … READ MORE

‘Green Book’ Helped Keep African Americans Safe on the Road

Hardly anyone knows about The Green Book now, but from 1936 to 1964, it was an essential publication for African Americans who hoped to travel safely. The book listed businesses that welcomed blacks during a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws often made travel difficult — and sometimes dangerous.

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Enter Our Soul Food Recipe Contest for Your Claim to Culinary Fame!

Love to cook? Let us shine the culinary spotlight on you! Independent Lens is holding a fun contest for healthy and delicious soul food recipes. We all know soul food can do wonders for your soul. But it’s not always so great for your health. So to celebrate our Jan. 14 broadcast of Byron Hurt’s … READ MORE

Solar Mamas and Community Cinema Inspire Audience Engagement

Solar Mamas is an inspiring and moving film about Rafea, a beautiful and strong-willed Jordanian mother of four, who is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend India’s Barefoot College, where women from rural areas around the world receive training through a unique solar engineering program that teaches women how to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable.

The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens. Get updates on the people in the film, find out why Paul Ryan is on the cutting room floor, and consider a cocktail of scotch and Arby’s milkshake.

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Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do it, select any of our activities going on this week and next to join the conversation about women and girls turning oppression into opportunity around … READ MORE

Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Event on Social Media

Only 34 days until Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premieres on Independent Lens October 1 & 2, 2012 at 9 PM on PBS. Mark your calendar, set your DVR, tell your friends, plan a watching party, get excited! This special two-night event has a cornucopia of ways you can be … READ MORE

Community Cinema Turns 7 With an Intense Line-Up

Drum roll, please … Independent Lens is excited to announce the 7th season of Community Cinema, our program offering free screenings in communities nationwide. Join us this season as we kick-off the series with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Maro Chermayeff. This landmark documentary miniseries (based on the bestselling book of the same … READ MORE

Watch a Film, Be the Change!

Hey guess what? If you like watching our amazing films on TV, you can also see them on the big screen for free thanks to our Community Cinema program. Independent Lens documentaries are released ahead of broadcast to more than 100 venues around the country. You are hereby invited to join us, watch with your … READ MORE

Independent Lens Comes to You with Community Cinema

If you read today’s New York Times, you may have read about a pretty cool outreach program that brings our films into local communities in partnership with area and national non-profit organizations. It’s called Community Cinema, and the idea is that you and your neighbors can gather, watch a free movie and eat popcorn together, … READ MORE