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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

10 Fun, Feel-Good Documentaries for the New Year

Yes, Virginia, documentaries can be uplifting — even downright fun! Here’s a list of 10 feel-good documentaries to get the new year off to a bright start. Some are major award winners. Others aren’t necessarily the highest form of the art. But they all should put a smile in your face. And we think that’s … READ MORE

Which American Films Deserve to Be Preserved in Perpetuity?

Last night, Anatomy of a Murder was on cable into the wee hours, and since I couldn’t sleep thanks to a combination of a touch of the flu and the raging storm outside, I curled up on the couch next to my yellow Lab and watched. I expected sleep to get the better of me … READ MORE

A Huge Year for Independent Lens Films

It’s been a banner year for Independent Lens. Our films have scored some of the most highly coveted film awards, honors, and accolades in 2012 – including five of the 15 features on the Academy Awards documentary short list. “It’s a pinnacle so far for us, and we’re so proud of everyone involved,” says Lois … 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

The Waiting Room Makes Washington Post 2012 Top-10 Film List!

Independent Lens films continue to pile up incredible accolades and awards this month.  The latest: The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday just came out with her list of the top 10 films of  2012, and The Waiting Room ranked No. 3 – above even Argo and Anna Karenina! We are so proud of filmmaker Peter Nicks … READ MORE

How Will You Decide Your Person of the Year?

Time magazine this week announced the contenders for its 2012 Person of the Year, and we’re very happy to see that Ai Weiwei, subject of our upcoming film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, is in the running. As China’s most famous living artist and notorious political dissident, we think he richly deserves a crack at this … READ MORE

7 Books That Inspired Popular Documentaries

Not many national commemorative months get our attention here at Independent Lens. National Raisin Bread Month ended a few days ago, and no one here so much as gave a toast! Along with National Prune Breakfast Month in January, but we’ll be too hard-pressed to plumb that deeply for meaning. On the other hand, December … READ MORE