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Independent Lens Wins Four 2017 News and Documentary Emmys

Last night, the 38th annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards were held at the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, and Independent Lens was thrilled to learn four of our films took home the Emmy® statuette. Congratulations to the winning films: In Football We Trust, Best of Enemies, The Armor … READ MORE

Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe Capture an FBI Informant

To do a film about an undercover FBI anti-terror sting is already tricky territory to navigate, but filmmakers Lyric Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe infiltrated even deeper. In (T)ERROR, they gained unprecedented access to an FBI informant, for a documentary Brian Tallerico (on RogerEbert.com) called “a fascinating piece of work that approaches CITIZENFOUR in its deconstruction of governmental failure and … READ MORE

Take this Quiz on the War on Terror

Everything changed in the United States on September 11, 2001. While in the aftermath of those attacks much of the focus in what President George W. Bush called the “War on Terror” was on the Middle East, the efforts to thwart terrorism on American soil were obviously stepped up to a great degree. From the controversial USA PATRIOT … READ MORE

A Former FBI Agent Talks About Handling Informants

Since 2009, paid FBI informants have played a central role in nearly 50% of all domestic terrorism cases. Informants, who can earn up to $100,000 per case, are instructed to build relationships with persons of interest. The film (T)ERROR [premiering on PBS February 22; check local listings] focuses on one of these informants, operating under the pseudonym Shariff, who … READ MORE

Independent Lens Wins Best Curated Series and Other Honors at 2015 IDA Awards

Independent Lens scored at the 2015 IDA Awards, handed out this weekend in Los Angeles. The prestigious awards are selected by the International Documentary Association every year to honor the year’s best in documentary filmmaking. The full list of winners was published on Variety. For the third year in a row, Independent Lens won Best Curated Series, this time … READ MORE