February 13, 2015

Thomas Allen Harris Goes Through a Lens Darkly

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The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black…...

February 10, 2015

A Path Appears: Hopeful Updates

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[caption id="attachment_6376" align="alignnone" width="600"] Marilaine, rescued from life as a "restavek" in Haiti[/caption] The three-part series A Path Appears may have just concluded its run on PBS [and for a…...


January 19, 2015

Moral Dilemmas in 10 War Films

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The central dilemma in Dan Krauss's Independent Lens documentary The Kill Team is grappled with by an American soldier in Afghanistan who found members of his platoon were committing immoral war crimes, and wanted…...

Filmmaker Dan Krauss films the Winfield family during hearing

January 15, 2015

Dan Krauss Investigates The Kill Team

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Filmmaker Dan Krauss, who was nominated for an Academy Award and two Emmys for his first feature, The Death of Kevin Carter, was on the Oscar shortlist for his latest documentary The…...

January 12, 2015

Darius Clark Monroe’s Evolution from Criminal to Filmmaker

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[caption id="attachment_6221" align="alignnone" width="600"] Filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe[/caption] Darius Clark Monroe's own evolution from loving son, to incarcerated criminal, and then back to student and filmmaker, is quite a journey.…...

Test Your Knowledge

January 09, 2015

Evolution of a Criminal: Juvenile Justice Quiz

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  Alongside the PBS documentary Evolution of a Criminal, we thought it'd be interesting to dig a little deeper into the topic of juvenile criminality in America. To step back for…...

December 12, 2014

Independent Lens Social Buzz 2014 in Review

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[caption id="attachment_5220" align="alignnone" width="594"] Blood Brother[/caption] By Elisabeth Copper, Independent Lens Social Media Manager 2014 was a great year for Independent Lens, and we owe it all to our incredible…...

December 09, 2014

A Schedule Appears: Independent Lens Announces Winter/Spring ’15 Films

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[caption id="attachment_6106" align="alignnone" width="640"] Evolution of a Criminal[/caption] Now that we have a brief respite in our schedule to catch our breath, we'd like to share with you what's coming…...

December 06, 2014

And the winner of IDA Award for Best Curated Series goes to…

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At Friday night’s 30th annual IDA Documentary Awards, given out every year by the International Documentary Association to recognize and honor outstanding documentary films and filmmakers, Independent Lens was given…...

Tech can leave our heads spinning (artwork by Brittany Truex)
Beyond the Films

November 17, 2014

Can We Find Happiness When Tech-Free?

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Watching Thomas Balmes's Happiness will leave one with a bittersweet feeling about technology. Most of us in the United States have a love-hate (admit it, mostly love-love) relationship with our gadgets, from…...

Peyangki and mother, in Happiness

November 14, 2014

In Pursuit of “Happiness,” a Filmmaker Goes to Bhutan

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Filmmaker Thomas Balmès is no stranger to trotting the globe in search of human stories, in films including Bosnia Hotel and The Gospel According to the Papuans, and most famously capturing the stories of…...

November 03, 2014

From an Electrician “Robin Hood” to Real-Life “MacGyvers”

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By Kirk Vader [caption id="attachment_6017" align="alignnone" width="600"] From Powerless[/caption] There are many memorable characters in Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa’s Powerless [which premieres on Independent Lens tonight at 10pm; check…...