Myya records for her campaign

October 20, 2020

How Three Passionate Candidates Represent Women Shaping the Future

Craig Phillips in Interviews

What does "representation" mean in the midst of a historically tense election year?  In her film Represent, filmmaker Hillary Bachelder sought to show the universal struggle to redefine repressive expectations…...

the three women running for office, composite image for Represent

September 25, 2020

Independent Lens Fall Season Has 2020 Vision

Independent Lens in Announcements

The upcoming slate of films airing on Independent Lens on PBS this fall is just one part of an incredible season coming up that will last through the Spring in…...

Shahin Najafi in a public performance, from When God Sleeps
Beyond the Films

March 30, 2018

Censored Iranian Artists, Poets and Musicians Threatened with Exile

Independent Lens in Beyond the Films

[Note: Please enjoy this guest essay on Iranian artists and censorships, in conjunction with the broadcast premiere of When God Sleeps, by artist and game creator Kurosh ValaNejad. See more…...

Political pundit Gore Vidal on a television monitor, 1968; courtesy Estate of Archie Lieberman
Beyond the Films

September 27, 2016

Evolution of TV Political Pundits: The Legacy of Buckley and Vidal

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

As depicted in Best of Enemies, bitter intellectual rivals Willam F. Buckley and Gore Vidal eviscerating each other with wit on network TV in 1968 made for riveting, and sometimes jaw-dropping, television. It…...

Gore Vidal (front) and William F Buckley (back) are prepped in makeup chairs for their ABC debates
Behind the Films

September 27, 2016

Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon Peel the Layers of Buckley and Vidal

Craig Phillips in Behind the Films

It's not often you'll find a documentary filmmaking team who combined have won an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Grammy, but the multi-faceted duo of Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon have done…...

Douglas Mwonzora and Paul Mangwana (l-r) during a meeting about ratifying the new Zimbabwe constitution
Where Are They Now?

April 15, 2016

Zimbabwe Update: Still In Flux

Craig Phillips in Beyond the Films

The film Democrats, which aired on Independent Lens, traces the challenges and tensions that arose in Zimbabwe over the attempt to charter a new national constitution. While that African nation…...


April 14, 2016

Camilla Nielsson Gets Unprecedented Access to a Constitution in the Making

Craig Phillips in Interviews

[caption id="attachment_12917" align="alignnone" width="1920"] Filmmaker Camilla Nielsson at work shooting Democrats[/caption] Filmmaker Camilla Nielsson is based in Denmark but works all over the globe. Her previous films were set in Afghanistan, Mumbai, and Darfur. Then she turned her attention to…...

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

May 14, 2015

Nine Movies about American Radicals

Independent Lens in Lists

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…...

Headshot of director Alex Gibney.

November 08, 2012

Academy Award-Winner Alex Gibney’s Tale of Two Cities in One

Brooke Shelby Biggs in

We sat down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, director of Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, to talk about what motivated him to make this film. The documentary is…...

Filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein smiles while framing a shot with a video camera.

October 03, 2012

The Making of the Unmaking of Janesville, WI

Brooke Shelby Biggs in Where Are They Now?

We sat down with As Goes Janesville filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein in the midst of a whirlwind media tour ahead of the premiere of his film on Independent Lens Monday, October…...