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The Making of Being Elmo, with Director Constance Marks

Being Elmo director Constance Marks began her filmmaking career over 30 years ago as an assistant editor for the renowned cinema verite pioneers David and Albert Maysles. For Being Elmo, she partnered with her cameraman husband James Miller and childhood friend Corrine LaPook to take a close look at Kevin Clash, the man behind (and … READ MORE

Preview: FUTURESTATES Season 3 is Almost Here! Seven Visions of the Future from Seven Cutting-Edge Indie Filmmakers

If you were given a glimpse into the future, would it change the way you live today? Returning for a third season, the FUTURESTATES series offers a new collection of seven fictional shorts that explore possible future scenarios through the lens of today’s global realities. Produced by ITVS (which produces Independent Lens for you) and created by … 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

Two Independent Lens Docs Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

More awards season news for the Independent Lens family. The Film Independent Spirit Awards are also this weekend, and Independent Lens has two nominated films: Hell and Back Again is nominated in the Truer than Fiction category, and We Were Here is nominated for Best Documentary. Hell and Back Again, directed by Danfung Dennis and … 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

The Greatest Movie Montages — Got a Favorite?

Our good friends Kurt Norton and Paul Mariano who produced These Amazing Shadows (which airs on Independent Lens on Dec. 29) have posted a really cool video on their blog about the great art of the movie montage. And that’s apropos, since Vanity Fair described These Amazing Shadows as “film montages to end all montages.” … 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

ITVS Indies Showcase Celebrates 20 Years of Independents

Our parent organization, the Independent Television Service (ITVS), is celebrating its 20th anniversary! To honor the amazing filmmakers who have so inspired us in the past two decades, and to offer our amazing viewers — without whom we wouldn’t have a reason to exist — a gift of gratitude, we’re launching a summer film festival! … READ MORE