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 Audience Award that is about hula dance: Men of Hula won the award in 2008. We heard from Kumu Hina filmmaker Dean Hamer, understandably ecstatic about …
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 faces from this just-concluded season of Independent Lens. We thank you for spending time with us over the past few months.
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 order to avoid ballot box stuffing, once your vote is recorded for a given film, you will not be able to vote for it again …
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 point of view. The documentary by Gregg Mitman and Sarita Siegel is the story of Emmanuel Urey, a Liberian going to school in Wisconsin but who was …
Fourteen years in the making, Limited Partnership became a labor of love for filmmakers Tom Miller and Kirk Marcolina. Here the pair discuss the film’s resonance as both a work of marriage equality advocacy and the celebration of a moving love story.
Forty years after lighting the fuse on the same-sex marriage debate, and with the Supreme Court expected to make a decision on nationwide same-sex marriage any day now, former Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex joins Tony Sullivan to discuss the impact of their brave action all those years ago.
Watch this exclusive video chat with Laura Poitras (who won an Oscar for her documentary CitizenFour), journalist Betty Medsger and filmmaker Johanna Hamilton, talking about 1971, Edward Snowden, and protecting anonymous sources.
Filmmaker Johanna Hamilton talks to us about how she approached telling the 1971 story on film, the most surprising revelations from it, and its resonance with the more recent Wikileaks and Edward Snowden stories.
Critic Noel Murray writes about docs and features — from Chicago 10 to Night Moves — centering around American activists and radicals who’ve defied the status quos, sometimes questionably, and sometimes in ways that today seem more noble than dangerous.
Test your knowledge about all the things that were happening in America in the year 1971, from politics to music, movies to sports. The more far out your score the more groovy you are, man.
In her new film Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity, NYC-based filmmaker Catherine Gund found one of the more dynamic artistic minds in a city not lacking for creativity. Gund recently spoke to us about what it was like to capture Elizabeth Streb, “the Evel Knievel of dance,” on film.
One has to be a tough cookie inside and out to brave Elizabeth Streb’s challenging and risky POPACTION choreography. Two of the players featured in Born to Fly took a time out from running, dancing, ducking, falling, and spinning to talk to us about life in this unusual dance company.