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Lives Worth Living Director Eric Neudel: Many Voices, One Purpose

We asked Director Eric Neudel about his film Lives Worth Living, which premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 10pm (check local listings). The film follows the formation and journey of the disability rights movement through the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. The movement scored one of the most significant civil rights … READ MORE

Wham! Bam! Islam! — Tune In, Then Log On for THE 99

Can a team of superheroes from the Muslim world called THE 99 challenge Western prejudices, stem the tide of extremism, provide positive role models for Muslim children, and make a profit as well? THE 99, the first animated Muslim superheroes who each exemplify one of the 99 attributes of Allah and fight together against evil, might be able … READ MORE

IL Classic China Blue to Stream Free; Chat on Globalization with PBS NewsHour

Next up on the summer ITVS Indies Showcase is an Independent Lens classic, China Blue. Micha Peled’s stunning undercover film follows Jasmine, one of many teenagers working at a blue jeans factory, struggling to survive brutal work conditions. Shot clandestinely and without permission from Chinese authorities, China Blue takes a rare and poignant look at … READ MORE

A Trip Down Memory Lane with the PBS Logo

Almost nothing makes me so nostalgic as the bumpers and “idents” (network identification spots) of the media of my childhood. That got me thinking about the PBS logo through the years — which is a very personal anchor for a lot of our memories of learning while watching our favorite shows through the years. Independent … READ MORE

Cathy Renna on the Legacy of Fred Martinez

Cathy Renna, managing partner at Renna Communications and former organizer and spokesperson for GLAAD, is featured in the film Two Spirits (premiering on Tuesday, June 14 on PBS; check local listings). She wrote this blog post for us. It is hard to believe that a decade has passed since the brutal murder of Fred Martinez. … READ MORE

Women and Girls Lead Featured at PBS Annual Meeting

We kicked it off with Bhutto two weeks ago, and last week the PBS family assembled in Orlando, Florida and discussed the ITVS initiative Women and Girls Lead. Check out this panel moderated by Pat Harrison, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and featuring actor Geena Davis, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger, Pulitzer … READ MORE

Ethnobiology Enthusiast Filmmaker versus MOTHRA!

We caught up with Jessica Oreck, the director of Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo, to talk about her maiden voyage into documentary filmmaking. For a young woman who spent a lifetime fascinated with bugs and movies, Oreck’s film seems almost like the fulfillment of personal destiny, and an unexpected a chance to find the beauty in … READ MORE

Marwencol Director Reflects on a Man, His Dolls, and the Touch of Genius

Jeff Malmberg, director of Marwencol, took on much more than just a film project when he decided to shoot a documentary about Mark Hogancamp. Intrigued by a magazine article about Mark and his imaginary backyard universe, Jeff had to earn the trust of a man who had been misunderstood and brutalized by the outside world … READ MORE

We’re Livestreaming Garbage Dreams Thursday for Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day, we’re hosting an exclusive live online screening of the highly acclaimed documentary, Garbage Dreams by Mai Iskander on Thursday, April 21, 9PM EDT 6PM PDT on our Facebook page and the Independent Lens Livestream channel. Filmed over four years, the documentary goes inside the world of Egypt’s Zaballeen (Arabic for … READ MORE

Artists Month Delivers Films, Interactive Features to Independent Lens

Thank you to all who stuck with us through pledge and helped support public broadcasting and independent programming! Spring is upon us, and the Independent Lens team has grown a crop of great arts films and challenging online extras to celebrate. (More about that after the jump!) Meanwhile, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger is … READ MORE

Unearthing the Miraculous in a Far Away Land

Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev discovered a book at a flea market in Moscow about Russian avant-garde art that miraculously survived Soviet censorship. That chance encounter led to many years traveling back and forth between Los Angeles, Moscow, and Uzbekistan, piecing together the history of the most remarkable trove of modern art you’ve probably never … READ MORE

Director Leyser and Subject Burroughs Shared a Disdain for Convention

Yony Leyser’s first feature documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within is screening at film festivals all over Europe right now and coming back to the United States for more dates this spring. The film makes its broadcast debut on Independent Lens this Tuesday, February 22, 2011. We sat down with Yony, the two-time film … READ MORE