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Hawaiian Food: A History and Recipes for Your Football Feast

Honolulu chef Mark Noguchi of Mission Social Hall & Cafe and his wife Amanda make a great team. “One of us handles the logistics and delegates responsibilities (so we don’t end up with a dinner of dessert),” Amanda says, “while the other mans the grill and marinades.” Together they’ve assembled a brief history of Hawaiian food along … READ MORE

Independent Lens Announces Winter-Spring 2016 Films

Independent Lens, which recently won the IDA’s Best Curated Series Award for the third consecutive year, announced its 2016 Winter-Spring season lineup today. “These films amplify conversations happening across the country on issues like the rise of gun violence, racial unrest, and the delicate balance between civil liberties and national security,” said Independent Lens executive producer Lois Vossen. … READ MORE

From the Archive: Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond Talks Motion Picture Making

In memory of Vilmos Zsigmond, the legendary cinematographer who died New Years Day, we reached into the Independent Lens archive for an interview Mr. Zsigmond gave us in June 2010 on the premiere of the documentary about Vilmos and his Hungarian compatriot and colleague, Laszlo Kovacs, No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos. Read on for a glimpse of … READ MORE

Independent Lens and POV Are the Most Diverse Documentary Series on TV

Last week, the Center for Media & Social Impact released the results of its audit on diversity in commercial and public documentary television, and ranked Independent Lens and our sister series POV at the top. CMSI reviewed 165 docs that aired over the last two years in the U.S., comparing socially-conscious films presented by HBO, CNN, and on PBS programs.

Immigration Battle: The High-Stakes World of Immigration Reform

Premiering on PBS Tuesday October 20 at 10pm [please check local listings] as a co-presentation of Independent Lens and FRONTLINE, the new documentary Immigration Battle plunges straight into the heart of one of the most divisive issues in America. Filmmakers Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson chronicle the struggle to create meaningful immigration reform over the course of … READ MORE

Coming Fall 2015 to Independent Lens

Independent Lens returns this fall with a new season of documentaries that tell unforgettable stories of courage and resilience, explore the most pressing issues of our time, and take viewers on journeys around the world. Having recently received 11 News & Documentary Emmy nominations (with two wins) and one Primetime Emmy nomination, Independent Lens opens … READ MORE

Independent Lens Nominated for 10 News & Doc Emmys

On the heels of the Primetime Emmy Award nomination for The Great Invisible, Independent Lens learned today that our series received 10 (count ’em, ten!) nominations for the 36th annual News & Doc Emmys, including three nominations for The Trials of Muhammad Ali and two for Bully, both films garnering a nom for Best Documentary. All told, PBS nabbed an Emmy-leading 57 … READ MORE

Black Power Playlist: Music is the Message

The soundtrack to America’s civil rights movement before the mid-1960s was predominantly made up of gospel standards and spirituals, with a smattering of popular folk. But by the late 1960s, music was changing right along with the political landscape. Just as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X parted ways in their philosophies of how … READ MORE

And the Winner of the 2014-2015 Independent Lens Audience Award Is…

The winner of this season’s Independent Lens Audience Award, as chosen by voting viewers, is…. Kumu Hina! Interestingly, Kumu Hina is not the first Independent Lens film to win the Audience Award that is about hula dance: Men of Hula won the award in 2008. We heard from Kumu Hina filmmaker Dean Hamer, understandably ecstatic about … READ MORE

Time to Vote! Independent Lens 2014-2015 Audience Award

The Independent Lens 2014-2015 season may have ended, but the Audience Award is heating up. Rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season on our Audience Awards page. In order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given film, you will not be able to vote for it again … READ MORE