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#SHEDOCS: Online Film Festival Marches into March

March marches in with the second annual #SheDocs, an online film festival showcasing 12 documentaries highlighting extraordinary women and their accomplishments in celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The fest is presented by ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead campaign, sponsored by Eileen Fisher, Inc., and features a host of Independent Lens films at … READ MORE

Women and Girls Lead Presents Young Lakota Online Encore and Live Chat

Since 1990, every U.S. President has declared the month of November as Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and honor the contributions, culture, history, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This commemorative month also provides a platform to raise awareness about the adversity Native people faced in the past and continue … READ MORE

Solar Mamas and Community Cinema Inspire Audience Engagement

Solar Mamas is an inspiring and moving film about Rafea, a beautiful and strong-willed Jordanian mother of four, who is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend India’s Barefoot College, where women from rural areas around the world receive training through a unique solar engineering program that teaches women how to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable.

Team Wyman-Haworth Talk About the Adventure of Making Strong!

We love when a filmmaker and her subject drop in at our offices, especially when they are as funny and charming as these two! Julie Wyman, whose film Strong! premieres on Independent Lens tomorrow, July 26, at 10 PM (check your local listings) and the film’s subject, Olympic weightlifting medalist Cheryl Haworth, visited our San … READ MORE

Independent Lens Drops in on the TV Critics Press Tour

What a whirlwind weekend. In Beverly Hills, the nation’s television critics assembled to get sneak peeks of upcoming shows headed to the small screen in the Fall. The first two days were given over to public television, and let’s just say PBS set the bar pretty high for the commercial broadcasters who will dominate the … READ MORE

Big, Beautiful, Graceful, and Strong! The Body Eclectic

Next week’s premiere of Strong! brings you a film about more than an elite athlete at the height of her competitive career. In this online exclusive video, filmmaker Julie Wyman, cinematographer Anne Etheridge, and protagonist Cheryl Haworth take us behind the scenes for a peek at the making of the film, and the motivations behind … READ MORE

Cyntoia’s Story Finalist for Casey Medal in Journalism for Families and Children

We’re excited to learn that last season’s film Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story by Dan Birman has been named a finalist for the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism from the University of Maryland. The Casey Medals recognize exemplary reporting on children and families in the U.S. Cyntoia’s Story is an examination of juvenile justice in … READ MORE

5 Videos Making the Rounds in the Independent Lens Office

Happy Pi Day (it’s March 14, rendered 3.14 for those prone to math humor), and we circulated some videos around the office that played on that theme, as well as some that veered off into other directions. In case you wondered what we watch around here besides the documentaries we bring you every week, these … READ MORE

Month-Long Women and Girls Lead Online Film Festival Kicks Off

Women and Girls Lead, a public media campaign designed to uplift, empower, and celebrate women who are making change around the world, is honoring Women’s History Month with a month-long online film festival featuring many audience favorites from the Independent Lens library. The festival will run through March and features a collection of documentary films … READ MORE

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

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