September 24, 2020
Comfort Viewing: What Filmmakers and Writers Are Watching to Get Through It
Craig Phillips in Lifestyle
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…...
September 09, 2020
Honor Hispanic Heritage Month with Eight Unique Documentaries
Independent Lens in Lists
By Lola Méndez Hispanic Heritage Month has been honored annually in the United States since 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson first launched it as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President…...
June 17, 2020
Six Unusual Instruments and How They Work
Independent Lens in Beyond the Films
By Ade D. Adeniji Stacy Tenenbaum’s film Pipe Dreams features four young organ players competing in the prestigious Canadian International Organ Competition, held every few years in Montreal. What’s striking…...
May 09, 2019
Motherhood: The Universal Story, in Films
Sharon Knolle in Lists
Motherhood is universal – none of us would be here without our moms. For some, that relationship is loving and supportive; for others, it's fraught with complications. Especially if Mom…...
January 23, 2019
Elvis and the Death of the American Dream, Through Movies
Sean Axmaker in Beyond the Films
Elvis Presley is ostensibly the subject of The King, Eugene Jarecki's expansive road movie of a documentary. The award-winning director drives Presley's 1963 Rolls-Royce across the US, from Mississippi and…...
December 18, 2018
Favorite Nonfiction Podcasts That Will Keep You Glued to Your Headphones
Independent Lens in Lifestyle
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…...
March 07, 2018
From Jane to Dolores, Agnès to Elsa, Documentaries on Unheralded Women Who Made History
Sharon Knolle in Independent Film
In celebration of Women's History Month (every March), we focus on great recent documentaries about great women, all who forged their own path in times and places where that wasn't expected…...
February 12, 2018
Beyond Romance: Searching for the Meaning of Love on Screen
Independent Lens in Lists
Although there are as many ways to love as there are people to do the loving, we are trained from an early age to value the pair-bond above all else.…...
September 13, 2017
12 Documentaries About the Vietnam War on the American Homefront
Noel Murray in Lists
On Sunday, September 17th, PBS will debut the latest project from Ken Burns and his frequent collaborator Lynn Novick: the ten-part, 18-hour series The Vietnam War. Just like Burns and…...
June 17, 2017
12 Father’s Day Docs: Stepping Out of Dad’s Shadow
Craig Phillips in Lists
Relationships with our dads can be complicated, as reflected in a collection of diverse, very worthy documentary films we've selected for Father's Day viewing consideration. All of the dads depicted…...
June 09, 2017
12 Trans Musicians Carving Their Own Identities
Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films
Real Boy is the portrait of Bennett, who is undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and his mom's struggle to process the change, but it's also the portrait of a young musician…...
April 21, 2017
Earth Day Watch List: 17 Films About Sustainability and Climate Change
Jennie Z. Rose in Lists
We count on indie filmmakers to sniff out the conspicuous absences in mainstream media. Journalist and investigative reporter Amy Goodman once said, "The role of independent media is to go…...