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Lioness Filmmakers Respond to Pentagon Announcement

On February 9th, 2012, the Pentagon unveiled plans to allow women to serve in jobs that would put them closer to the front lines but still block them from all-male infantry, armor, and special-operation units. Although represented by the Pentagon as “the beginning, not the end, of a process,” this current action does little more … READ MORE

The Island President Ousted — Filmmakers Respond

The Island President, directed by Jon Shenk and produced by Bonni Cohen and Richard Berge, debuted at Sundance just two weeks ago. We told you then how thrilled we were that the film will be on Independent Lens next season. The filmmakers are keeping us updated on events in the Maldives as the subject of … READ MORE

Angela Davis Weighs in on Black Power versus Occupy Wall St.

Dr. Angela Davis, former member of the Black Panther Party and Communist Party and now a renowned activist, professor, and intellectual on the topic of human rights, discussed The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 with PBS NewsHour‘s Hari Sreenivasan last month. Hari asked her how far she thinks we’ve come since the late 1960s. The Black … READ MORE

Special Free Episode of THE 99, This Weekend Only

If you saw our season premiere, Wham! Bam! Islam! then you are familiar with THE 99, a comic book and animated series featuring a band of heroes drawn from the 99 virtues of Allah. THE 99 is the first and only comic and cartoon series for Muslim children featuring positive role models of Islamic ideals. … READ MORE

Sharon La Cruise Discusses Daisy Bates, “a Different Kind of Hero”

Premiering tonight, February 2 on Independent Lens (check your local listings), Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock examines the life and legacy of Daisy Bates, who organized nine African American children to integrate Central High School in the Arkansas capitol in 1957, after the Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. The Board of Education. … READ MORE

Join Our Social Screening of Daisy Bates Friday from Little Rock

On Friday, February 3 we’re producing an interactive screening of the documentary Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock from Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas. Moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan and featuring filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, the event will take place here Friday at 11:30 AM PT / 1:30 PM CT / 2:30 PM … READ MORE

Bonus Episode of Have You Heard From Johannesburg Online this Week

Have You Heard From Johannesburg had its three-week run on Independent Lens this month, and it seems to have resonated with our audience. So we’re happy to announce that a special bonus episode that we didn’t have the time to air is now available from PBS Video for this week. Entitled Fair Play, this episode … READ MORE

Dr. Angela Davis Reflects on the Black Power Movement

Earlier this month, Independent Lens launched a slate of films celebrating Black History at the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles. While at the event, the series teamed up with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan to interview many of the filmmakers and subjects. Watch an excerpt below of Sreenivasan’s conversation with Dr. Angela Davis, profiled in … READ MORE

A Love Letter to Celluloid Penned by Two Doc Makers

Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton are co-founders of Gravitas Docufilms in California, and the producers of These Amazing Shadows, which made its debut on Independent Lens on Dec. 29, 2011 (check local listings). Their film is a departure for both men, who have worked together on mitigation videos in death penalty cases, and usually work … READ MORE

Behind the Scenes of The Woodmans with C. Scott Willis and Lois Vossen

This week marks the premiere of The Woodmans, a film by C. Scott Willis about a family of successful artists and the fallout from the death of their youngest and most celebrated member. Francesca Woodman was a talented, visionary, and ground-breaking photographer in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and her work is now seen … READ MORE

Celebrating the Arts this Month on Independent Lens!

Well here’s a nice endorsement — PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger pays tribute in this video to Independent Lens’s continued commitment to the arts. We’re featuring two arts-focused documentaries this month, beginning this week with The Woodmans, followed by These Amazing Shadows premiering on December 29. (you can discover the date and time these … READ MORE

The Greatest Movie Montages — Got a Favorite?

Our good friends Kurt Norton and Paul Mariano who produced These Amazing Shadows (which airs on Independent Lens on Dec. 29) have posted a really cool video on their blog about the great art of the movie montage. And that’s apropos, since Vanity Fair described These Amazing Shadows as “film montages to end all montages.” … READ MORE