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Independent Lens Film “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” Honored with Oscar Nomination

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the nominations for the 91st Oscars and Independent Lens was elated that Hale County This Morning, This Evening received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary. RaMell Ross‘s critically acclaimed film, “made modestly and intimately,” wrote Richard Brody in The New Yorker, the film “embodies a … READ MORE

Independent Lens Film “I Am Not Your Negro” Nominated for 2017 Academy Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the nominations for the 89th Oscars and Independent Lens was thrilled to learn that I Am Not Your Negro [official site] received a nomination for Best Feature Documentary. Raoul Peck‘s film, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and which was called “one of the best movies you are likely … READ MORE

Some of Our Favorite Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

As it’s Academy Award time again, where one feature documentary out of five worthy finalists is chosen as Best, it seemed fitting to take a trip down memory lane for that Oscar category in particular. In honor of the fact that there have been 86 of these ceremonies now, I’ve created a few new, slightly … READ MORE

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

It’s Been a Great Week for Independent Lens!

What a week for Independent Lens! First the Sundance Film Festival announced the lineup for 2013. Then Time magazine showed The Invisible War some major love in its “Top Movies of 2012.” It’s the only documentary on the list! And now the Academy Awards shortlist is out with some films that are very near and dear to our hearts.

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!

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.

Best Documentary Nominees Visit Talk of the Nation

Filmmakers Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Marshall Curry (If A Tree Falls) both appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation this week to discuss their respective films — both of which are nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Listen to the interviews with host Neal Conan, below: Hell and Back Again “After so many … READ MORE

Guess the Oscars with Independent Lens

It’s Academy Awards time again, and once more Independent Lens has a horse in this race! Our upcoming film Hell and Back Again, by Danfung Dennis, is one of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature. Hell and Back Again airs on May 24, 2012 at 10 PM and on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, … 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

Are You a Visionary? Enter Our Artists Month Contest

In celebration of Artists Month, we’re putting out a call for entries for you — our creative audience — to create and submit a piece of artwork that best reflects you. We’re looking for expressions of identity and creativity here: Perhaps it’s a self-portrait, or a photograph of a beloved object, a diorama scene, or … READ MORE

Live Chat with Best Doc Oscar Nominee Lucy Walker

Filmmaker Lucy Walker joined us for a live chat on Wednesday, February 9 to talk about her film Waste Land. The documentary, which airs April 19 on Independent Lens has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, who travels to his native Rio de Janiero … READ MORE