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Independent Lens Wins Four 2017 News and Documentary Emmys

Last night, the 38th annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, and Independent Lens was thrilled to learn four of our films took home the Emmy® statuette. Congratulations to the winning films: In Football We Trust, Best of Enemies, The Armor … READ MORE

POV 2015: More Great Docs to Get You Through Summer

Our friends at POV are ready to grab the baton for thought-provoking docs airing Mondays on PBS, with a new slate of films about extraordinarily strong and determined individuals. The 28th season of POV begins this coming Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS and continues through the fall. (Independent Lens will then be … READ MORE

POV Season Premiere!

As the Independent Lens season has come to a close, POV is just heating up, with a terrific slate of oustanding independent documentaries. Read our preview of the season premiering this week on PBS with the acclaimed and moving When I Walk.

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Five Fun Interactive Features

With Independent Lens off the air for summer (and there are still plenty of ways to watch our films online and via Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, DVD and more), this is a perfect time to check out some of the fun interactive features connected to our expansive catalog. Also, on the home page you’ll find a host of other engaging … READ MORE

This Just In: Next Season, We’re Moving to Monday Nights on PBS!

by Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Senior Series Producer & Vice President, ITVS We are pleased to report that PBS, ITVS, and POV have emerged from months of conversation to confirm a new Monday nights at 10 PM broadcast slot for Independent Lens and POV.  The new timeslot reaffirms that independent filmmakers and public broadcasting together … 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

Remembering Artist Piri Thomas

Back in 2004, Independent Lens aired the film Every Child is Born a Poet, a portrait of the artist Piri Thomas. Sadly, we learned that Mr. Thomas passed away last week at the age of 83. Richard Saiz, senior programming manager for the Independent Television Service, knew Mr. Thomas and wrote this appreciation. Piri Thomas … 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

IL Classic China Blue to Stream Free; Chat on Globalization with PBS NewsHour

Next up on the summer ITVS Indies Showcase is an Independent Lens classic, China Blue. Micha Peled’s stunning undercover film follows Jasmine, one of many teenagers working at a blue jeans factory, struggling to survive brutal work conditions. Shot clandestinely and without permission from Chinese authorities, China Blue takes a rare and poignant look at … READ MORE

Test Your Documentary Know-How!

It’s summer, and we’re basking in a plethora of great docs in theaters, on PBS, and online. We need to keep ourselves sharp, so we test each other on our documentary prowess now and again. This time, we’re inviting you to join in. Help us test our new quiz tool by taking this quick quiz … 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

Behind Independent Lens: Fighting for Diverse Public Media

We get the questions often enough here at Independent Lens about PBS, the federal budget, and the idea of publicly funded media in general. Many of our viewers probably aren’t aware that PBS is not a network in the same sense that CBS or even CNN are. Also true is that Independent Lens is produced … READ MORE