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Meet the Trailblazers of Documentary Activism

We think of the cinema of activism in documentary filmmaking as a relatively modern phenomenon, something first awakened in the 1960s and 1970s and popularized by the likes of Michael Moore and Laura Poitras and Alex Gibney. But the success films like Bowling for Columbine (2002) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006), both Oscar winners and box-office … READ MORE

Independent Lens Wins 3 Peabody Awards

The 73rd annual Peabody Awards — which recognizes distinguished and meritorious public service by radio and television stations, networks, producing organizations, and individuals — were just announced, and three Independent Lens films were among the winners.  The full list of winners of the prestigious awards are listed here, but the Independent Lens films honored with 2014 Peabodys are The … READ MORE

The Invisible War: Updates

Kirby Dick’s film The Invisible War, which was nominated for both an Oscar and Indie Spirit Award for Best Feature Documentary, is being replayed this week on many PBS stations. If you haven’t yet seen it, we hope you’ll take the time to catch up with this important and powerful story [check local listings]. In connection … READ MORE

The Film That Revolutionized the Discussion about Military Rape

Nominated for an Academy Award, The Invisible War (airing May 13) has changed the way we talk about sexual assault in the military and even impacted policy. After watching The Invisible War, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta transferred the power to prosecute sexual assault from the level of unit commander to colonel. This Wednesday, three women and … 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

Future Independent Lens Films Debut to Accolades at Sundance

It’s week two at Sundance, and already several films that are headed for Independent Lens in coming seasons are bringing down the house in their debuts in Park City. A record five films confirmed for broadcast on Independent Lens are premiering at Sundance. They are The Invisible War, Detropia, The House I Live In, Love … READ MORE