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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

The 2012 Winter/Spring Season is Here!

Hosted by Mary-Louise Parker, the Independent Lens Winter/Spring lineup includes the award-winning films We Were Here, Hell and Back Again, Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, and more! “Our upcoming winter/spring season features a robust slate of some of the most engaging and award-winning documentaries ever on Independent Lens,” said Senior Series Producer Lois Vossen. “It’s … READ MORE

Remembering Wangari Maathai

Lisa Merton and Alan Dater, the producers of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, attended the Nobel laureate and environmental activist’s funeral in Kenya in October. Merton offered Independent Lens this report on Maathai’s legacy. Taking Root will be rebroadcast beginning on January 5. Wangari Muta Maathai, the first African woman and the first … READ MORE

Whither the Abductees in a Post-Kim Jong-il North Korea?

With news of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, we immediately thought of the implications for the Japanese citizens abducted by Kim’s regime and never returned. So we asked Chris Sheridan, who made Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story with co-director Patty Kim and Academy Award-winning producer Jane Campion, to provide us with an … READ MORE

Movies to Illuminate the Gloom of Kim Jong-il’s Nasty Legacy

As Kim Jong-il’s bizarre reign over North Korea comes to a close and an era of uncertainty for the region under his son begins, we started thinking of the great films we have aired which provide glimpses inside the world’s most totalitarian nation in history. First up, Return to the Border, which aired on our … READ MORE

Remembering Artist Piri Thomas

Back in 2004, Independent Lens aired the film Every Child is Born a Poet, a portrait of the artist Piri Thomas. Sadly, we learned that Mr. Thomas passed away last week at the age of 83. Richard Saiz, senior programming manager for the Independent Television Service, knew Mr. Thomas and wrote this appreciation. Piri Thomas … READ MORE

Who Are You? The Ethics and Impact of Donor Conception

Join us for a live moderated chat tomorrow at 10am PT/1pm ET, featuring the director of Donor Unknown and some of the people whose lives have been forever altered by assisted reproductive technologies. The film premieres on Thursday Oct 20 at 10pm on PBS (check local listings). (Update: A transcript of the chat is now … READ MORE

Jerry Rothwell Explores the Meaning of Family in Donor Unknown

Jerry Rothwell is a documentary filmmaker whose work includes the award-winning feature docs Heavy Load (IFC/ITVS/BBC), about a group of people with learning disabilities who form a punk band; and Deep Water (Pathe/FilmFour/UK Film Council, co‐directed with Louise Osmond), about Donald Crowhurst’s ill‐fated voyage in the 1968 round the world yacht race.  We sat down with … READ MORE

Introducing Our Illustrious New Host, Mary-Louise Parker!

OK, we could barely hold it in, but now we can let you know … the award-winning actor Mary-Louise Parker is set to be the host of the 10th season of Independent Lens, which premieres on October 13, 2011! Parker, currently starring in the acclaimed Showtime series Weeds, has a long and illustrious career playing … READ MORE

Women & Girls Lead Coming to PBS This Fall

Independent Lens is honored to be a part of the innovative public media initiative Women and Girls Lead. The project seeks to use the power of documentary storytelling and the reach of public media to connect and inspire viewers around the world about issues that affect girls and women. A number of the films coming … READ MORE

Revisiting 9/11, The Oath, and Gitmo, Ten Years On

We’re joining with ITVS & PBS NewsHour for a live chat this Monday, September 12, about the human fallout of 9/11, centered on the award-winning film The Oath. The Oath will stream live for free from September 11-13 on the ITVS 20th Anniversary Indies Showcase. The Oath, which originally aired on POV, follows the story … READ MORE

Announcing our 10th Season of Remarkable Independents!

It’s that time again! Time for the premiere of a new and glorious season of Independent Lens, with an eclectic and inspiring schedule full of independent documentaries guaranteed to surprise, entertain, and astound you. This season, we’ve got remarkable lineup of 30 films from a broad range of talented independent filmmakers showcasing diverse perspectives not … READ MORE