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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

Gotham Awards: Independent Lens Films Nominated for Best Doc and for Audience Award

Three Independent Lens films, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, Blood Brother (which will air on PBS in January), and The New Black (airing next June), are all up for IFP Gotham Audience Awards, which “celebrates audience award winners from across the Top 50 US and Canadian film festivals.” Voting is open now and you can vote … READ MORE

Ten Things We Have Learned from #SheDocs for Women’s History Month

It’s hard to believe that Women’s History Month is already half over! With only 12 days left to go, we’d like to share a few facts we learned this March during the #SheDocs Online Film Festival from Women and Girls Lead. The festival has been streaming 10 free films online throughout the month to celebrate … READ MORE

PBS Correspondent Goes Rogue at SXSW … Hilarity Ensues

On Sunday, another South by Southwest (SXSW) will close its doors on the thousands of festival-goers, wrapping up nine full days of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. With such a wide and varied audience, how can those of us on the sidelines get an inside look at all the shenanigans taking place in … 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

Announcing the 2013 PBS Online Film Festival!

It’s back! The PBS Online Film Festival returns for its second year, today! The 25 films in the festival, including shorts from Independent Lens and POV, will be available for viewing — and voting — between March 4 to 22. The same goofball hosts from the 2012 festival, Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco of the National Film Society, … READ MORE

We’re Having Fun Behind the Scenes at Sundance

Can’t make it to Sundance Film Festival this year? Neither could some of us at the office, and at least a few other people in the world. But tens of thousands of others have descended on the festival, and our very own crack(pot) reporter Steve Goldbloom is right in the thick of the crowd. Check … READ MORE

Moscow: A Nightmare of Inaccessibility for the Disabled

Lives Worth Living filmmakers Eric Neudel and Alison Gilkey recently returned from presenting their film in Moscow at Breaking Down Barriers, an international disability film festival. The festival is a celebration of diversity, showcasing films from across the globe that promote a positive message about disability. We sat down with Gilkey to learn more about … READ MORE

Video Extras and Updates About the Ponces of Circo

If you’ve seen Circo, you might be wondering whatever happened to Tino and his wife, Ivonne after she left, and of course the children, the extended family, and the circus itself. We certainly wanted to know what had happened to them. Fortunately, director Aaron Schock provided us with a couple of extra video shorts to … READ MORE

Month-Long Women and Girls Lead Online Film Festival Kicks Off

Women and Girls Lead, a public media campaign designed to uplift, empower, and celebrate women who are making change around the world, is honoring Women’s History Month with a month-long online film festival featuring many audience favorites from the Independent Lens library. The festival will run through March and features a collection of documentary films … READ MORE

Future Independent Lens Films Debut to Accolades at Sundance

It’s week two at Sundance, and already several films that are headed for Independent Lens in coming seasons are bringing down the house in their debuts in Park City. A record five films confirmed for broadcast on Independent Lens are premiering at Sundance. They are The Invisible War, Detropia, The House I Live In, Love … READ MORE