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Medora T-Shirt Contest!

Medora, which premieres on Independent Lens next Monday, March 31st at 10 PM (check local listings), is the story of a struggling Indiana community and its woebegotten high school basketball team trying to get that elusive win. “Medora scores some winning points in powerful fashion,” wrote Frank Scheck in the Hollywood Reporter. “An evocative portrait of a … READ MORE

Don’t Stop Believin’ Video Contest Winners

“Just one more time / Some will win / Some will lose / Some were born to sing the blues.” We’re excited to announce three worthy winners of our Don’t Stop Believin’ cover song video contest.

Your 15 Minutes of Fame: Don’t Stop Believin’ Cover Song Contest

To celebrate the Sept. 30th PBS Independent Lens premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, we want to give you your 15 minutes of fame. Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic … READ MORE

Healthy Soul Food Recipe Contest Winner!

Byron Hurt’s wonderful film Soul Food Junkies aired on Monday, and it was a big hit. We’ve heard from viewers around the world about how inspiring it was, and how they’ll be looking at making some changes in their diets. Just in time for people wanting to improve their health, we have a bunch of … READ MORE

Feelin’ Lucky? Enter the Soul Food Junkies Pin It to Win It Contest

Score an Independent Lens gift basket, including a collection of Independent Lens and Soul Food Junkies inspired cookbooks, by entering our #SoulFoodJunkies contest on Pinterest. How do we celebrate both the the premiere of Soul Food Junkies on January 14th and the launch of our Independent Lens Pinterest page? Well, with our very own #SoulFoodJunkies … READ MORE

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

Help Us Create a Monday Music Playlist

Who’s got a case of the Mondays? We do! As you may know, we have a new home on the television schedule starting in October — Monday nights at 10 PM. Yay for Monday! So right after you watch Antiques Roadshow and Market Warriors, you’ll be primed to discover great stories and amazing people on … 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

Take the Community Cinema Audience Survey!

Our Community Cinema program brings Independent Lens films right to your town so you can watch for free and discuss the issues raised with your neighbors and local leaders. Did you have a favorite film from this season’s lineup? Did you attend a Community Cinema screening and learn something new? Have any suggestions on how … READ MORE

Meet Sophia Nahli Allison, Our Winning Viewer Artist!

Aspiring filmmaker Sophia Nahli Allison won our Artists Month contest for her striking self-portrait, entitled “Unrequited Love.” We asked her about her art and her life, her guilty pleasures and inspirations, and why Independent Lens matters to her. Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. My mother was … READ MORE

Ever Have a Teacher Who Changed Your Life?

Teachers — often overworked, frequently underappreciated, sometimes demonized, usually meagerly compensated. But all of us have had teachers who helped us grow up and make sense of the world, and to find our place in it. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (but really all year long) we want educators to get the props (and … READ MORE

Viewer Tracy Chiles McGhee is One Inspired Woman

During Women’s History Month, we aired a number of documentaries featuring incredibly smart, brave, and talented women including Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai (Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai) and Rose Mapendo (Pushing the Elephant). That got us to thinking about all of the amazing women in the world and how each of … READ MORE