Indie Lens Wins 2 News & Doc Emmy Awards

Independent Lens Wins Two 2018 News & Documentary Emmys: TOWER and Forever Pure

October 02, 2018 by Craig Phillips in Awards

Indie Lens Wins 2 News & Doc Emmy Awards

The News & Documentary Emmy Awards were presented on Monday, October 1, 2018, in a ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, an event attended by more than 1,000 television and news media industry executives, news and documentary producers and journalists. Independent Lens was pleased to learn that two of our films, TOWER and Forever Pure, were bestowed with an Emmy.

All told, Independent Lens received 8 nominations, including for Birth of a Movement, National Bird, SEED: The Untold Story, The Bad Kids, and The Witness. TOWER received two nominations.

“We’re proud to have presented this extraordinary group of documentaries on Independent Lens,” said Lois Vossen, series Executive Producer. “These filmmakers spent years establishing trust with the people represented to tell multilayered, authentic stories and it’s gratifying to see their work recognized with the industry’s highest award for news and documentary programs.”

TOWER, directed by Keith Maitland, was honored for Best Historical Documentary.

View the award and Maitland’s acceptance speech here:

Forever Pure, directed by Maya Zinshtein, won the Emmy for Outstanding Politics & Government Documentary.

View the award speech featuring Independent Lens executive producer Lois Vossen, accepting on behalf of the Israel-based filmmaker:

PBS, which led the way with 45 News & Doc Emmy nominations, took away seven Emmy awards. We extend our congratulations to those other winners:

The Farthest: Voyage in Space (Outstanding Science and Technology Documentary); FRONTLINE: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary; FRONTLINE: Mosul(Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary); POV: Last Men In Aleppo (Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary); The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (Outstanding Research).

Full list of Independent Lens’ News & Documentary Emmy nominations:

  • The Witness: Best Documentary
  • National Bird: Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary
  • Forever Pure: Outstanding Politics and Government Documentary
  • Birth of a Movement: Outstanding Historical Documentary
  • TOWER: Outstanding Historical Documentary
  • TOWER: Outstanding Music & Sound
  • SEED: The Untold StoryOutstanding Nature Documentary
  • The Bad Kids: Outstanding Business and Economic Documentary

More on ITVS’s three Emmy Awards, including for Abacus: Too Small to Jail. A full list of all the News & Doc Emmy winners.

Craig Phillips

Craig is the digital content producer for Independent Lens, based in San Francisco. He is a film nerd, cartoonist, classic film poster collector, wannabe screenwriter, and owner of/owned by cats.