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Independent Lens Goes to the 84th Academy Awards

We’re lucky enough to be able to share these gorgeous photos from Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony, thanks to Danfung Dennis — who was nominated for Best Documentary Feature for Hell and Back Again – and Susan Margolin of New Video. Enjoy!

Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Migrating to the ‘Burbs

We saw this item in yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle, and knew we’d have to post it here for posterity. There’s news about the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (the birds themselves, not the film); the flocks are migrating slowly to other parts of the Bay Area, including one group occupying the sleepy town of Brisbane, … READ MORE

Late Night Oscar Diaries

Independent Lens Series Producer Lois Vossen attended Sunday night’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. She was there to support two nominated films for Best Documentary feature: Independent Lens‘s Hell and Back Again and If a Tree Falls (which aired on POV). Although the documentary Undefeated wound up taking the prize, Lois had a blast and … 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

UK Prime Minister Hopes for a Hell and Back Again Oscar Win

Prime Minister David Cameron sent this note to Mike Lerner, producer of Hell and Back Again, yesterday. The very British Roast Beef Productions are the clever lads behind Danfung Dennis’s Oscar-nominated documentary. We say ditto! Good luck Danfung, Mike, Martin, Nathan, Ashley, and the whole Hell and Back Again crew.

Lioness Filmmakers Respond to Pentagon Announcement

On February 9th, 2012, the Pentagon unveiled plans to allow women to serve in jobs that would put them closer to the front lines but still block them from all-male infantry, armor, and special-operation units. Although represented by the Pentagon as “the beginning, not the end, of a process,” this current action does little more … READ MORE

The Island President Ousted — Filmmakers Respond

The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk and produced by Bonni Cohen and Richard Berge, debuted at Sundance just two weeks ago. We told you then how thrilled we were that the film will be on Independent Lens next season. The filmmakers are keeping us updated on events in the Maldives as the subject of … READ MORE

Independent Lens, POV Score Oscar Nominations

(UPDATED) We’re all aglow this morning with news that Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again (coming to Independent Lens in May) scored a coveted Academy Award nomination! In the film, U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, Harris returns to North Carolina 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

Dr. Angela Davis Reflects on the Black Power Movement

Earlier this month, Independent Lens launched a slate of films celebrating Black History at the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles. While at the event, the series teamed up with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan to interview many of the filmmakers and subjects. Watch an excerpt below of Sreenivasan’s conversation with Dr. Angela Davis, profiled in … 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

Independent Lens Honors Black History at TCA

Independent Lens announced three new films that examine the history of African American activism, each from a unique perspective, at last week’s Television Critics Association press tour. The TCA panel included legendary activist Angela Davis and artist Talib Kweli. Watch the video below to see some of the icons and artists who joined Independent Lens in recognizing … READ MORE