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August 15, 2016

Independent Lens Audience Award Survey!

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Vote now for your own personal favorite from the just-concluded 2015-2016 season of Independent Lens. The voting period will run through 5 pm PT Monday, August 29. There were 21…...

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January 06, 2016

Independent Lens Announces Winter-Spring 2016 Films

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Independent Lens, which recently won the IDA’s Best Curated Series Award for the third consecutive year, announced its 2016 Winter-Spring season lineup today. “These films amplify conversations happening across the…...

July 01, 2015

And the Winner of the 2014-2015 Independent Lens Audience Award Is…

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The winner of this season's Independent Lens Audience Award, as chosen by voting viewers, is.... Kumu Hina! Interestingly, Kumu Hina is not the first Independent Lens film to win the…...

June 26, 2015

19 Memorable Faces of Independent Lens’ 2014-15 Season

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As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so rather than unleash many more words on you, here's a photo gallery reminding you of some of the memorable…...

June 24, 2015

Time to Vote! Independent Lens 2014-2015 Audience Award

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The Independent Lens 2014-2015 season may have ended, but the Audience Award is heating up. Rate and vote for your favorite films from this past season on our Audience Awards page. In…...

June 22, 2015

In the Shadow of Ebola Takes You to Liberia for One Family’s Story

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Independent Lens presents the premiere online of In the Shadow of Ebola [watch now], a gripping short film set around the height of the Ebola crisis, but told from a highly personal…...

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June 15, 2015

Limited Partnership Filmmakers Commit Years to Telling Marriage Equality Story

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[caption id="attachment_7004" align="aligncenter" width="574"] Limited Partnership director Tom Miller (left), and producer Kirk Marcolina[/caption] Tom Miller committed a long period of his life — 14 years — to his film…...

Clela Rorex, Richard Adams, and Tony Sullivan re-united decades after Clela issues the couple's groundbreaking marriage license.

June 12, 2015

Bringing the Same-Sex Marriage Debate Full Circle

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Tony Sullivan is no stranger to practicing the art of patience. He navigated through decades of legal fights with the U.S. government over both his own legal status as an…...

Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger in studio discussing the documentary 1971.

May 19, 2015

1971 Followup: A Conversation with Laura Poitras and Betty Medsger

Independent Lens in Laura Poitras won an Academy Award for CitizenFour, her film about Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the mainstream media and is now living…...


May 18, 2015

Johanna Hamilton Goes Back to 1971 to Find Burglars Who Revealed Illegal FBI Spying

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1971: A year before the Watergate scandal sent shockwaves through the United States, with no end in sight to the Vietnam War, and anti-war protests intensifying. In that same year a group of ordinary…...

Re-enactment screenshot of the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI planning their Media, PA burglary.

May 14, 2015

Nine Movies about American Radicals

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By Noel Murray There’s something deeply and inherently provocative in movies that tell stories about open rebellion against the United States government, because they force us to think harder about…...

May 13, 2015

1971 Pop Quiz

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The acclaimed film 1971 airs on Independent Lens on PBS next Monday, May 18 [check local listings]. But first, test yourself on all things 1971, from music to sports, politics…...