Greetings indie doc devotees! You might notice things look a bit different around here. Perhaps you’re even reading this on your tablet or smartphone? It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the new Independent Lens website. We took advantage of our summer hiatus to do a site refresh and provide you with faster, better and more comprehensive access to all things Indie Lens. Here’s what you can expect:

Optimized for mobile

The site is now fully compatible with your preferred device. Whether you reach us via desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, you’ll find quick and easy access to Independent Lens videos, features, and schedule information. It’s also simpler to comment on and share our work. Please drop us a line and join a conversation.

Video library

You’ll find hundreds of videos from our films reaching deep into the Independent Lens catalog. We’ll also surface all of the full films available for streaming at any given moment. If you see it there, you can watch it — no sign-ups, logins, or payment required! Visit our homepage any time to see what’s available to view.

Indie Lens Pop-Up

Our live screening series Indie Lens Pop-Up (formerly known as Community Cinema) draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Check Indie Lens Pop-Up now to find an event near you. Can’t ​attend in-person? Keep an eye out for online screenings you can join anywhere!


Throughout the season, we’ll be rolling out new columns from guest writers to provide thoughtful voices on both indie docs and the wider world of cinema. We’ll of course keep you updated on the characters you meet in our films, and we’ll continue to provide a look behind the scenes with in-depth Q&A sessions with our filmmakers.

We couldn’t have flipped the switch at a better time; our fourteenth season kicks off October 20 with a co-presentation with FRONTLINE of Immigration Battle, continues on November 9 with acclaimed director Debra Granik’s Stray Dog, followed by the powerful and controversial India’s Daughter, the heartbreaking Mimi and Dona, and the urgent East of Salinas. Until then, we hope you poke around your new home for groundbreaking, unforgettable, and diverse independent documentaries.