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September 24, 2020

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

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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…...


May 28, 2019

The 2018-19 Independent Lens Audience Award Goes to… (Updated)

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Update (6/11): With voting now closed, we’ve tabulated the winners, with a record number of votes for our Audience Award (topping last year's record). And the prize goes to… Out of State…...

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December 18, 2018

Favorite Nonfiction Podcasts That Will Keep You Glued to Your Headphones

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By Brooke Shelby Biggs We nonfiction nerds who are compulsive documentary watchers are usually also public radio listeners and magazine readers. Who among us doesn’t have a closet full of…...

Fallen bicycle after shooting at UT Austin, as animated in the film TOWER

February 14, 2017

10 Great Animated Documentaries

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Keith Maitland’s animated documentary TOWER has left critics and awards-voting bodies alike flummoxed as to how best to categorize it. This is a visionary work, no doubt, that uses voice-actors and…...

December 18, 2014

Best Documentaries of 2014: Scanning the Critics’ Lists

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The critics have spoken. And they're saying... a lot of different things, but when it comes to picking the best documentary films of the year there is plenty of common…...

November 11, 2014

5 Independent Lens Films for Veteran’s Day

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[caption id="attachment_6035" align="alignnone" width="640"] Veterans Bill Jones and Andy Petrus in front of the Japanese monument on Attu Island, Alaska, in Red White Black & Blue[/caption] In honor of our…...

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Film History

June 10, 2014

LGBTQ Pride: Movies That Rocked Their World [Updated]

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June is always LGBTQ Pride Month, and traditionally it's been both a time for reflection on gay history and struggles (originally created to commemorate the Stonewall riots of June 1969), along with…...

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March 28, 2014

March Madness: Best Basketball Films

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Looking back at the 2014 broadcast television premiere of Independent Lens' Medora, not to mention that we're in the midst of NCAA basketball “March Madness,” we have the sport of James Naismith…...

February 28, 2014

Some of Our Favorite Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="594"] The Weather Underground[/caption] As it's Academy Award time again, where one feature documentary out of five worthy finalists is chosen as Best, it seemed fitting to…...

February 20, 2014

The Best of the Best Documentaries of 2013 Lists List

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[caption id="attachment_5364" align="alignnone" width="600"] 20 Feet From Stardom[/caption] It was a good year for documentaries. Maybe we say that every year, but 2013 felt particularly strong. How can anyone keep…...

January 30, 2014

Best Docs Streaming on Netflix List via Uproxx

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="594"] Hell and Back Again[/caption] Thanks to Ryan Perry on Uproxx for compiling this list of the 25 Best Documentaries available to stream on Netflix, especially since…...

October 02, 2013

Best Music Documentaries on Independent Lens and Beyond

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In honor of both Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman's Journey [which, if you missed it, is available 'til the end of this week to watch for free online] and the joyful Muscle Shoals,…...