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In the Shadow of Ebola Takes You to Liberia for One Family’s Story

Independent Lens presents the premiere online of In the Shadow of Ebola [watch now], a gripping short film set around the height of the Ebola crisis, but told from a highly personal point of view. The documentary by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel is the story of Emmanuel Urey, a Liberian going to school in Wisconsin but who was … READ MORE

Hawaiian Music: More Than Just Hula (But Also Hula)

In tandem with the upcoming PBS premiere of Kumu Hina, we created this Spotify playlist compiling some of the greatest Hawaiian music, from Hula to slack guitar, ukulele, and beyond. And yes, we also couldn’t resist tossing in a standard at the end, while finding inspiration for some of the other choices via Hawaii Magazine, Honolulu Magazine, King’s Hawaiian, … READ MORE

From Playwright: Rest in peace, Robin Williams, you tiger.

We are as saddened as everyone about the sudden death of actor and comedian extraordinaire Robin Williams. He was one of a kind, and will truly be missed. We were reminded of his participation in last season’s Playwright: From Page to Stage, as a performer in the New York production of Bengal Tiger at the … READ MORE

Archival Treasures

From the lives of cats (and the weddings of dogs) to walking on the moon and surveying the Allied effort in WWII, there’s an amazing treasure trove of archival documentaries online. We’ve found a few of the very best resources for historical films, which could keep you preoccuped for ages.

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Trials of Muhammad Ali Simulcast: Online Screening and Live Chat

The Trials of Muhammad Ali Exclusive Screening & Live Chat with Director Bill Siegel Monday April 14, 10pm ET/7 PT Independent Lens, Kartemquin Films, and Eight Arizona are trying something new. For the first time ever, we’re hosting an online screening and filmmaker live chat with simulcast during the film’s national broadcast. Don’t have a … READ MORE

PBS Indies Shorts Launches With Independent Lens & POV Films

PBS Indies Shorts, a new collection of short films, working in partnership with its independent strand producers POV and us here at Independent Lens/Independent Television Service (ITVS), launched today. Over the coming months, the new site will showcase 26 original films commissioned for digital platforms, ranging in length from three to 20 minutes, and which were … READ MORE