Made in Boise – Nicole, a Host of Possibilities – Clip

In a scene from Made in Boise, meet Nicole, the CEO of the largest surrogacy agency in Boise, called A Host of Possibilities, who co-owns the agency with her husband Don. She became interested in surrogacy because she loved being pregnant but didn’t want any other kids (she has two children of her own and … READ MORE

Made in Boise – Surrogacy Support Group – Clip

In Made in Boise, Sammie and other women in a Boise-based surrogacy support group meet to share stories of surrogacy, including the mixed feelings family members have about their choice to carry babies for intended parents. The group made a big difference in Sammie’s life, who may not have become a surrogate if she didn’t … READ MORE

Made in Boise – Trailer

In the idyllic city of Boise, nurses, nail technicians, and stay-at-home mothers are choosing to become paid reproductive surrogates for people from around the world. Made in Boise offers a rare glimpse into this mysterious world by intimately following the lives of four surrogates, as they build relationships with the intended parents, prepare for the … READ MORE

Made in Boise

In the idyllic city of Boise, nurses, nail technicians, and stay-at-home mothers are choosing to become paid surrogates for people from around the world. Made in Boise offers a rare glimpse into this mysterious world by intimately following the lives of four surrogates, as they build relationships with the intended parents, prepare for the rigors … READ MORE

One Child Nation

The birth of Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang’s first child was a life changing experience that caused her to become interested in uncovering the untold history of China’s One-Child policy for the generations of mothers and children whose lives have been forever changed by this haphazard, draconian governmental social experiment.

Filmmakers Capture Young Men Wrestling to Succeed and Be Seen

The story of four members of the high school wrestling team at Huntsville’s J.O. Johnson High School–a longstanding entry on Alabama’s list of failing schools–and their tough-love coach coming to terms with his own past, Wrestle is “superb,” wrote Kenneth Turan in the LA Times. “Just as sports mirror society, so do the best sports films not only take us inside games and those who play them but also provide insight into our world and how it works.” He rightly adds, “One reason Wrestle is so effective is that [the directors] and cinematographer Sinisa Kukic made the decision to move to Huntsville for the duration of the shoot. What resulted was not only 650 hours of footage but the benefit of countless additional time spent just hanging out with the protagonists.”

Herbert and co-director Belfer spoke to us about how they came to make this film and that decision to move to Alabama for a long while, as well as how the kids are doing today.  READ MORE

High School Coaches Wear Many Hats to Make an Impact

Driving kids home from practice, taking them to visit colleges, running and lifting weights with them out of season, answering the phone in the middle of the night when something has gone wrong — these are just a few of the many roles sports coaches take on for their players. The player/coach relationship can be special, as seen in the film Wrestle, it can be a chance for young people to connect with a mentor who knows them individually and pushes them through their struggles. READ MORE

Motherhood: The Universal Story, in Films


Motherhood is universal – none of us would be here without our moms. For some, that relationship is loving and supportive; for others, it’s fraught with complications. Especially if Mom is famous or trying to change the world. Or both.

These filmmakers examine what it means to be a mother, a daughter, and a woman in a not always kind world. READ MORE

Bernardo Ruiz Tells Story of the Central Role Latinos Play in California Wine Industry

Two-time Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz, who was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and grew up in Brooklyn, made his directorial feature debut with the PBS film Reportero, about attacks on the press in Mexico, which New York Magazine called “a powerful reminder of how journalism often requires immense amounts of physical and psychological bravery.” He’s followed that up with … READ MORE

Harvest Season – My Grapes Are Ready to Harvest – Clip

In this excerpt from the film Harvest Season, Napa Valley winemaker Vanessa Robledo and her mother Maria walk through their vineyard inspecting grapes, including checking their sugar levels. They’re on the verge of being ripe and then it will be time to harvest–the most intense work of the year. “When you tell me it’s time … READ MORE

Independent Lens Wins Two 2018 Peabody Awards

Independent Lens is proud to announce that two of the series’ films —Dolores and The Judge — have won 2018 Peabody Awards in the Documentary category. The oldest and most prestigious award for electronic media, honoring the “most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media,” the Peabody Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, … READ MORE