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Independent Lens Announces New Season Lineup

The Independent Lens documentary series launches its 12th season on PBS on September 30th with a lineup of 23 films from both new and established filmmakers. Actor/director Stanley Tucci will be returning as the series host. The season will kick off with Ramona Diaz’s Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, about Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to … READ MORE

Independent Lens Submissions

Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of films in advanced rough cut or fine cut stage or completed films to broadcast during the October 2014 – June 2015 season. To learn more about eligibility, what we’re looking for, and to complete our online submission form go to www.ilsubmissions.org. Any questions? Feel free to drop a line to ILsubmissions@itvs.org.

Behind the Scenes at the Oscars with Lois Vossen

  Our film The Invisible War may not have scored Oscar gold last night, but we are so proud it came so close. Our very own Lois Vossen, Independent Lens senior series producer, was on the scene, and provided us with some great “insider” photos. We’ll intersperse them with her comments about the film. Consider … READ MORE

Monday Just Got Real on PBS — Set Your DVR or Alarm Clock!

At long last, the 11th season of Independent Lens is here! With it comes our new timeslot, Mondays at 10 PM on PBS. For most of you, that means we follow Antiques Roadshow at 8 PM, and the new series Market Warriors at 9 PM. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and you … READ MORE

The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens. Get updates on the people in the film, find out why Paul Ryan is on the cutting room floor, and consider a cocktail of scotch and Arby’s milkshake.

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#TGIM! Indie Lens Fans Generate EPIC Monday Music Playlist

We asked you for your favorite Monday music jams, and boy, did you come through! Turns out your tastes run from Wilco to NOFX, with some Mamas & the Papas and Bobby “Blue” Bland thrown in for good measure. Rock on, fans (or blues on, or jazz on, whatever gets your feet tapping). Now as … READ MORE

Welcome Our New Host, Stanley Tucci

It’s official! Our 11th season will be hosted by the acclaimed actor and filmmaker Stanley Tucci! From The Hunger Games to Independent Lens … a logical progression, wouldn’t you say? (We can’t help it, some of us around the office have started referring to him as “The Tooch.”) Tucci has appeared in more than 50 … 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

Celebrating Monday Nights, with a 60-Man Welsh Chorus Covering New Order

We wish it were for us, but we love it anyway and want to share, because we are so excited to be on Monday nights this Fall! Herewith, the 60-piece Brythoniad Male Voice Choir covering New Order’s classic pop hit “Blue Monday.” Commissioned by organizers of the UK’s newest epic music festival, Festival Number 6, … READ MORE

Which Film Will be This Season’s Audience Favorite? Vote Now

UPDATE: Voting for the Season 10 Audience Award is now closed. Thanks for participating! Statues, laurels, trophies, medals, plaques, certificates … there are plenty of awards to be won in the film business, but there is only ONE Independent Lens Audience Award, honoring our fans’ favorite film of the season. Like audience awards at the … READ MORE