About Independent Lens

Independent Lens is America’s home for independent documentary film, airing Monday nights on PBS member stations. Check your local listings, and don’t miss an episode.  

“There are few television franchises that have celebrated diversity and given voice to the voiceless as consistently and powerfully as Independent Lens on PBS.” (Baltimore Sun)

2020-21

The new season premieres October 19, opening with Arthur Jones’ Sundance hit Feels Good Man, followed by Hillary Bachelder’s Represent, an intimate look at three first-time female political candidates as they campaign for different offices. Next is Jonathan Scott’s Power Trip, the directorial debut of the famed HGTV Property Brothers personality. Finally, Belly of the Beast, from Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director and producer Erika Cohn, takes viewers behind prison walls for an unflinching look inside the criminal justice system.

“The new season of Independent Lens features a rich variety of films, each telling timely and fascinating stories that raise critically important questions that reflect the times in which we’re living,” said Lois Vossen, Executive Producer of Independent Lens. “This season we explore the most extreme, hateful corners of the internet, as well as what it takes for women to pursue public office. We see the horrors faced by female inmates in today’s correctional system, and exactly what and who is stifling the growth of renewable energy in this country. These impressive films delve deep into the most pressing issues facing our nation, through the eyes of some of the most talented and incisive documentary filmmakers working today.

The upcoming fall slate will also feature encore programming of previous Independent Lens titles, including Charm City (December 7), The Force (December 14), and RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World (December 21).

Independent Lens films have won 19 Emmy Awards, 16 Peabody Awards, five duPont-Columbia University Awards, and have received 10 Academy Award nominations. Independent Lens won the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Award for Best Continuing Series.