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2016-17 Independent Lens Audience Award Poll! The Winner Is…

It’s time to vote for your own personal favorite from the just-concluded 2016-2017 season of Independent Lens. The voting period will run through 5 pm PT Friday, July 21. There were 20 films in this season that lasted from October through July, so we know it’s tough to choose, but if you could pick just one … READ MORE

Time to Vote! Independent Lens 2014-2015 Audience Award

The Independent Lens 2014-2015 season may have ended, but the Audience Award is heating up. Rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season on our Audience Awards page. In order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given film, you will not be able to vote for it again … READ MORE

Say Yes to Women’s Leadership: Last Week to Vote for Your Favorite #SheDocs Film!

The #SheDocs Online Film Festival has brought you stories from Cambodia (Welcome to the World) to the Wampanoag tribe of southeastern Massachusetts (We Still Live Here – Âs Nutayuneân), from triumphs such as the first woman of color in the U.S. Congress (Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority) to injustices such as a 10-year-old Afghan girl sold by … READ MORE

Poll: Nearly Half of People Watch “TV” on Devices Other Than TVs

The results of our poll asking readers how they watch TV are in, and they’re a bit surprising to us: Nearly half of respondents — about 49 percent — view “TV” on their computers and mobile apps. No wonder we keep hearing that TV sales are slumping! In October NPD DisplaySearch reported that sales of … READ MORE

Poll: How Do You Watch?

TV shows, movies, the news. We know you like to watch. But how do you watch? More people than ever are watching “TV” exclusively on their computers, tablets/iPads, and even smartphones. Others would never dream of giving up their traditional TVs. Where do you stand (or sit?) on this TV-watching question? Click as many options … READ MORE

Help Us Create a Monday Music Playlist

Who’s got a case of the Mondays? We do! As you may know, we have a new home on the television schedule starting in October — Monday nights at 10 PM. Yay for Monday! So right after you watch Antiques Roadshow and Market Warriors, you’ll be primed to discover great stories and amazing people on … READ MORE

Vote for Your Favorite Zip Code Contestant!

You definitely came through with the hometown pride for our zip code contest. We’re getting pretty excited about the broadcast premiere of 45365 on December 14 (check local listings) — after all, Roger Ebert called it an “achingly beautiful film” and it has been hailed on the festival circuit for its novel and novelistic approach. … READ MORE

What Film Goes Best with Turkey?

A happy Thanksgiving to all of you in PBS land from all of us here at Independent Lens. There’s nothing we’re more grateful for than our loyal, intelligent, thoughtful, and generous viewers. For this holiday weekend, we thought we’d see what will be occupying your eyeballs (other than PBS, of course).

Poll: The Greatest War Documentary Ever Made?

We at Independent Lens would like to wish all of our servicemen and servicewomen — past and present — and their families a happy Veterans Day. Check out this video message from America Ferrera honoring all you do. See more Independent Lens. To mark this day, we thought we’d conduct an informal poll of you, … READ MORE