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Independent Lens Fan of the Year?

We MUST to share with you an unsolicited comment we just received from a viewer, which basically brightened an already sparkly holiday season for us, and reminded us why we do what we do: because of you. Happy Holidays to all of you – our remarkably intelligent, incredibly multifaceted, and exceptionally good-looking viewers. I just … READ MORE

Behind the Scenes of The Woodmans with C. Scott Willis and Lois Vossen

This week marks the premiere of The Woodmans, a film by C. Scott Willis about a family of successful artists and the fallout from the death of their youngest and most celebrated member. Francesca Woodman was a talented, visionary, and ground-breaking photographer in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and her work is now seen … READ MORE

Celebrating the Arts this Month on Independent Lens!

Well here’s a nice endorsement — PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger pays tribute in this video to Independent Lens’s continued commitment to the arts. We’re featuring two arts-focused documentaries this month, beginning this week with The Woodmans, followed by These Amazing Shadows premiering on December 29. (you can discover the date and time these … 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

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

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

Meet Christina Pettit, Our 100,000th Facebook Fan!

On Sunday, August 14 at about 1:30pm EDT, the Independent Lens Facebook page passed a pretty notable milestone. At about that time, 30-year-old Christina Pettit of New York City clicked “Like” and became our 100,000th fan. Wow! We checked out her Facebook profile, which reveals her religious views (“I’m into reason”); indicates she is a … READ MORE

A Trip Down Memory Lane with the PBS Logo

Almost nothing makes me so nostalgic as the bumpers and “idents” (network identification spots) of the media of my childhood. That got me thinking about the PBS logo through the years — which is a very personal anchor for a lot of our memories of learning while watching our favorite shows through the years. Independent … 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

Independent Lens Nominated for Five Emmys

We are extremely proud to report that five Independent Lens films scored Emmy Award nominations this week! Mostly, we are thrilled for the amazing and creative independent filmmakers who toil to tell these stories, and who deserve all of the praise an laurels we can heap upon them. Huzzah and hooray to one and all! … READ MORE

Take the Community Cinema Audience Survey!

Our Community Cinema program brings Independent Lens films right to your town so you can watch for free and discuss the issues raised with your neighbors and local leaders. Did you have a favorite film from this season’s lineup? Did you attend a Community Cinema screening and learn something new? Have any suggestions on how … READ MORE

Bill Moyers’s Desert Island DVDs

We’re in receipt of a lovely sentiment from the inimitable Bill Moyers. “If I were heading for a desert island with only one complete set of DVDs, I’d be taking Independent Lens. There’s no more authentic way to stay in touch with real people and life as it is. I never feel alone in the … READ MORE