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9 Lights for Hanukkah: Finding Light in Dark Times

This Hanukkah, as millions light their menorahs and rededicate themselves to their family, their faith and their communities, we look for ways to find and share joy, light, healing, and blessings. We reached out to filmmakers, authors, and film critics to learn where they’re finding inspiration this year.  Some said family, others offered a meaningful … READ MORE

Balancing Along the Thin Blue Line, Filmmaker Captures Police Force at an Explosive Time

A follow-up to his acclaimed, Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award-winning film The Waiting Room (Independent Lens, 2013), Pete Nicks’ The Force is part of a trilogy of films he’s making which are ostensibly about Oakland, where he’s based, but in a much larger sense are also about wholly American institutions — a hospital emergency room (and … READ MORE

The New Community Cinema Goes Bilingual and Digital

Guest post by Renee Gasch, National Community Engagement Manager for ITVS & Independent Lens Nine years ago, a dear colleague in Boise, Idaho planted the seed for Community Cinema. Lynn Allen, a longtime public media maven, had been hosting a regular series of documentary film screenings and discussions in Boise; they were well attended and the … READ MORE

Take the Community Cinema Audience Survey!

Our Community Cinema program brings Independent Lens films right to your town so you can watch for free and discuss the issues raised with your neighbors and local leaders. Did you have a favorite film from this season’s lineup? Did you attend a Community Cinema screening and learn something new? Have any suggestions on how … READ MORE