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Filmmakers Navigate the Secretive World of Social Media Censorship in Atmosphere of Fear

You know German filmmakers Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block are sharp-minded characters when you learn they work collaboratively under the label “Laokoon,” named after the legendary Trojan seer Laocoön who in Greek mythology revealed the Trojan Horse as a dangerous fraud. In their works, Riesewieck and Block aim to reveal the Trojan horses of our … READ MORE

Blood Brother Filmmakers to Live-Tweet During Broadcast

When Blood Brother has its broadcast television premiere on Monday, January 20 at 10 p.m. [check local listings], the film’s director, Steve Hoover, and producer, Danny Yourd, will be logging in to Twitter to chat alongside the film the Hollywood Reporter called “an incisive and compassionate documentary that’s as much a transformative experience for audiences as it … READ MORE

“I’m Graduating/I Graduated Because…”

The Graduates/Los Graduados offers a first-hand perspective of the challenges facing many Latino high school students. While you’ll be hearing from the six students in the film itself (which premieres on PBS Monday, October 28 and concludes November 4), we also want to hear from you — any student past or present. Here’s how it works: … READ MORE

Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Special Using Social Media

Television is no longer a one-to-many medium, and we need you to be a part of the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide experience. To do it, select any of our activities going on this week and next to join the conversation about women and girls turning oppression into opportunity around … READ MORE

Be a Part of Our Half the Sky Event on Social Media

Only 34 days until Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide premieres on Independent Lens October 1 & 2, 2012 at 9 PM on PBS. Mark your calendar, set your DVR, tell your friends, plan a watching party, get excited! This special two-night event has a cornucopia of ways you can be … READ MORE

Film Locations, Doc Clubs, Hashtags, Oh My!

The Independent Lens audience is spectacularly diverse — in fact it attracts the one of the youngest and most diverse prime-time audience on PBS. So it stands to reason there are many different ways our audience might engage with our films. Some of you have cable, some don’t; some use smart phones, some don’t; some … READ MORE

Introducing the Independent Lens Documentary Club on Twitter

This week we’re debuting our brand new Independent Lens Documentary Club! Let’s get together to discuss this week’s film, Wham Bam Islam!, other documentary films, and whatever else you feel like talking about with us. Here’s how it works: Wham Bam Islam! is premiering Thursday at 10 PM on most PBS stations (check here to … READ MORE

CONTEST: Why is Your Zip Code the Best?

In anticipation of the upcoming premiere of the film 45365 (Independent Lens, December 14 at 9 PM – check local listings), we’re launching a social media contest for you, our faithful fans. The rules are simple: • Leave your entry in a comment below, on our Facebook page, or in a Twitter message (if you … READ MORE