UPDATE: We’ve had a schedule change. As Goes Janesville will now premiere as a special presentation on October 8, and Solar Mamas will now premiere on November 5.
Geez, the finale of our 2011-2012 season, Strong! was just last month, and already we’re ready to tell you all about the fall line-up for Independent Lens 2012-2013. We don’t like to waste time.
For our 11th season on PBS, we’re moving to Monday nights at 10 PM, starting Oct. 29, 2012 when our season premiere will be a new film from Macky Alston, Love Free or Die.
“We are extremely excited to open the season with Macky Alston’s Love Free or Die,” said Lois Vossen, senior series producer. “We presented Macky’s previous film, Hard Road Home, and are pleased to welcome him back to PBS. Love Free or Die documents the remarkable struggles and triumphs of Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson who, in 2003, became the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. This film is emblematic of the kinds of stories coming this season, on what is our most extraordinary slate of Independent Lens films ever.”
Filmmaker Alston added, “Independent Lens is such a great supporter of independent filmmakers and such an ideal venue for documentaries; I’m delighted to be back.”
In addition, we will present the two-night primetime special Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, airing on Monday and Tuesday, October 1 and 2, at 9 PM. A landmark event based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the miniseries follows six actress-advocates — Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde – as they travel to six countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals who are confronting oppression and developing real, meaningful solutions through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The Half the Sky project amplifies the central message of the book — that women are not the problem, but the solution.
Additionally this fall, Independent Lens veteran Brad Lichtenstein (Almost Home) returns with As Goes Janesville, premiering on
November 5 October 8. As Goes Janesville follows three years in the lives of several residents of Janesville, Wisconsin, a once-prosperous town fighting to redefine itself in the face of the closing of the country’s oldest GM plant.
Independent Lens will premiere two films from the Why Poverty? Project, a unique opportunity to kick-start national and global debates about poverty in the 21st century.
Premiering on November 12 is Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney’s Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream. Park Avenue looks at the top one percent of “the one percent” of the richest Americans, many of whom live in one Park Avenue apartment building and wield extraordinary influence on American politics and economics. Solar Mamas (premiering
December 17 November 5) introduces the women of India’s Barefoot College, which provides rural women living in poverty with an education that empowers them to make their communities self reliant and sustainable.
Other films coming to the second half of the season include four additional 2012 Sundance Film Festival award winners: The Invisible War by Kirby Dick (Twist of Faith), The House I Live In by Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight), Detropia by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Jesus Camp), and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry by Alison Klayman, SXSW favorite Beauty Is Embarrassing by Neil Berkeley, along with 12 other festival favorites and acclaimed films. We’ll announce our complete slate of films coming to Independent Lens in 2013 after Labor Day. Stay tuned!