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Jonathan Scott at a solar company in Nevada, with solar panel
Interviews

November 06, 2020

Jonathan Scott Investigates Who Controls Our Power

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

In some ways Jonathan Scott should need no introduction—or so you'd think as co-host with his brother Drew of the hugely popular HGTV shows Property Brothers and Brother vs. Brother,…...

Fenell Doremus with kid on laptop and husband and dog in background
Lifestyle

October 29, 2020

Parenting and Making Docs During a Pandemic? It’s a Juggling Act

Independent Lens in Interviews

By Ivonne Spinoza "Producing films often translates to putting out fires before they start, so I suppose this gets you ready for parenting in a pandemic, generally speaking, but did…...

Myya records for her campaign
Interviews

October 20, 2020

How Three Passionate Candidates Represent Women Shaping the Future

Craig Phillips in Interviews

What does "representation" mean in the midst of a historically tense election year?  In her film Represent, filmmaker Hillary Bachelder sought to show the universal struggle to redefine repressive expectations…...

From an animation in Feels Good Man of a desktop full of memes, Pepe the frog and otherwise
Beyond the Films

October 08, 2020

From Kilroy to Pepe: A Brief History of Memes

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

By Lennlee Keep What do Pepe the Frog, the Spanish Inquisition, the blinking guy, the French Revolution, concern for the environment, and the Third Reich all have in common? These…...

From animation of Pepe the Frog playing a video game with pal, from Matt Furie art
Interviews

October 02, 2020

How a Cartoon Frog Became a Symbol for a “Confounding Moment in Our History”

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

Filmmakers Arthur Jones and Giorgio Angelini both bring very unique artistic backgrounds to the drawing table that led to the fruitful collaboration for Feels Good Man, which is Jones' feature…...

the three women running for office, composite image for Represent
Announcements

September 25, 2020

Independent Lens Fall Season Has 2020 Vision

Independent Lens in Announcements

The upcoming slate of films airing on Independent Lens on PBS this fall is just one part of an incredible season coming up that will last through the Spring in…...

Composite image of a vintage TV on a creek with a episode of Colombo playing on it
Lifestyle

September 24, 2020

Comfort Viewing: What Filmmakers and Writers Are Watching to Get Through It

Craig Phillips in Lifestyle

What are YOU watching to provide comfort during these trying times? Filmmakers, artists, critics and writers chimed in with their personal favorite shows and films to watch when in dire…...

Marchers at a Black and Brown Unity rally in Chicago, June 2020. Photo by Mateo Zapata/Courtesy of Quiet Pictures.
Lists

September 09, 2020

Honor Hispanic Heritage Month with Eight Unique Documentaries

Independent Lens in Lists

By Lola Méndez Hispanic Heritage Month has been honored annually in the United States since 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson first launched it as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President…...

Beyond the Films

August 27, 2020

The Science of Kindness: It’s Not Easy Being Nice

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

Author Josh Kurz is a science communicator and filmmaker, and the co-creator of the audio program Shabam, which uses a zombie apocalypse to talk about real science. By Josh Kurz…...

A mother in a wheelchair finds joy in her young child, from Lives Worth Living
Independent Film

July 16, 2020

The Evolution of Disability in Film: After the Accolades, the Work Continues

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By Lawrence Carter-Long Once upon a time, disability was just a diagnosis. Through time, the word has evolved to encompass larger more expansive concepts like community, identity, and culture. In…...

Signature image for sharing: John Lewis and many other civil rights protestors at the Edmund Pettis bridge at Selma, 1965. Black and White news photo in pub domain.
Lists

July 10, 2020

“Your Vote Is Your Voice”: Best Films About Voting Rights

Sharon Knolle in Film History

The right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights in a Democracy, and yet who has been allowed to vote in America has been a battle that’s been…...

Members of community clear rubble in the Bronx, in Decade of Fire.
Awards

June 26, 2020

And the Winner of the 2019-2020 Audience Award is… (UPDATED)

Independent Lens in Awards

Update (7/9): With voting now closed and a total of 13,331 votes, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Independent Lens Audience Award: Decade of Fire Congrats to…...