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PBS to Present “Armed in America” Town Halls, a Special Two-Night Event After Independent Lens

PBS will present ARMED IN AMERICA, a special two-night television event exploring the nation’s rising gun violence, is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, May 9-10, 2016. Armed in America centers around two acclaimed documentaries presented by Independent Lens: Peace Officer, about a former sheriff who, after establishing and training Utah’s first SWAT team, raises questions about the dangers … READ MORE

Independent Lens and POV Are the Most Diverse Documentary Series on TV

Last week, the Center for Media & Social Impact released the results of its audit on diversity in commercial and public documentary television, and ranked Independent Lens and our sister series POV at the top. CMSI reviewed 165 docs that aired over the last two years in the U.S., comparing socially-conscious films presented by HBO, CNN, and on PBS programs.

Coming Fall 2015 to Independent Lens

Independent Lens returns this fall with a new season of documentaries that tell unforgettable stories of courage and resilience, explore the most pressing issues of our time, and take viewers on journeys around the world. Having recently received 11 News & Documentary Emmy nominations (with two wins) and one Primetime Emmy nomination, Independent Lens opens … 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

PBS Indie Showcase + Online Event

The idea behind PBS’s Indie Showcase is to spotlight the work of independent filmmakers, offering viewers year-round access to the diversity of voices and unique perspectives these films provide. Debuting this fall with last week’s premiere of Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey, the program pairs up new documentaries on Independent Lens with those on our sister … READ MORE

Remembering the March on Washington and Whitney Young

Incredibly, tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, and PBS and Independent Lens are pleased to honor the occasion with a rebroadcast of the illuminating documentary The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. The program will air 10 PM* on Tuesday night, August 27th or Wednesday night, August 28th (*check … READ MORE

2013 Emmy Nominations for Independent Lens

We were excited to learn that several Independent Lens films have been nominated for 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Danfung Dennis’s Hell and Back Again — which had previously been nominated for an Oscar — was nominated for a Best Documentary Emmy. The film intimately traces a … 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

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

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

Women and Girls Lead Featured at PBS Annual Meeting

We kicked it off with Bhutto two weeks ago, and last week the PBS family assembled in Orlando, Florida and discussed the ITVS initiative Women and Girls Lead. Check out this panel moderated by Pat Harrison, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and featuring actor Geena Davis, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, Pulitzer … READ MORE