The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this year’s nominees for the 35th annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking.  And Independent Lens is proud to say that 7 of our documentaries received 10 nominations for 2013.

PBS received a total of 43 nominations — most for any network — including 11 noms for FRONTLINE and 6 for POV, so it’s a great day all around for public media documentaries. The News & Documentary Emmy Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, in New York City.

“These Emmy nominations are a testament to the exemplary journalism that independent documentary filmmakers practice,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens Deputy Executive Producer. “They reflect the extraordinary vitality and diversity of our vibrant independent documentary community.”

And without further ado, here are the Independent Lens films receiving Emmy recognition, along with trailers for each:

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry:

  • Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming
  • Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form

Beauty Is Embarrassing:

  • Outstanding Graphic Design & Art Direction


  • Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form

How to Survive a Plague:

  • Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form
  • Best Documentary

The Invisible War:

  • Best Documentary
  • Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form

The Revolutionary Optimists:

  • Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting—Long Form

The Waiting Room:

  • Outstanding Editing: Documentary and Long Form