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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!

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

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

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