Simon from Blind Love on a date

March 05, 2020

“Is Attraction Different in the Absence of Sight?”

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By  Kemberlie Spivey Australian-born independent filmmaker Patricia Zagarella has been creating documentaries for over ten years and co-produced the Emmy-award winning documentary Baring It All. That film followed fashion photographer…...

Dolores Huerta and some of her kids, in a home movie seen in

May 09, 2019

Motherhood: The Universal Story, in Films

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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…...

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…...

Postcard reading

April 27, 2015

After the Storm: Interactive Documentary Launches on Anniversary of Alabama Tornado Disaster

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On April 27, 2011, a powerful storm system unleashed a deadly series of tornadoes across central Alabama that devastated several cities. The largest tornado, which was categorized an F4, ripped through the Tuscaloosa, Alabama,…...

Artists Sara Lattis Stone paints at an easel.

April 17, 2015

Survivors: Confronting Deepwater Horizon Trauma through Oil on Canvas

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Artist Sara Lattis Stone, whose husband Stephen Stone escaped the Deepwater Horizon disaster alive, turned to her craft — painting — as a means of confronting the post-traumatic stress her…...

Beyond the Films

March 23, 2015

I Identify: What Forces Determine Your Identity?

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In Little White Lie, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz uncovers an identity-altering family secret, and then embarks on a journey of discovery as she contends with her new sense of self. The film challenges us…...

Man on the moon

July 30, 2014

Archival Treasures

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We all know the internet is a treasure trove of information (some of it even accurate!), resources, and media. But increasingly it’s become an even more amazing educational tool which…...

July 07, 2014

PBS Online Film Festival (Including Independent Lens Shorts)

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WATCH. VOTE. SHARE. For the third year running, the PBS Online Film Festival is happening as we speak. Two excellent short films are representing Independent Lens as part of the line-up: Tryouts,…...

March 05, 2014

PBS Indies Shorts Launches With Independent Lens & POV Films

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PBS Indies Shorts, a new collection of short films, working in partnership with its independent strand producers POV and us here at Independent Lens/Independent Television Service (ITVS), launched today. Over…...

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October 16, 2013

American Graduate Shorts: Skipping Up

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Last, but certainly not least, in our mini-festival of American Graduate short films, is Skipping Up, directed by Jim Mendiola and Faith Radle. Set primarily in Mark Twain Middle School in…...

October 15, 2013

American Graduate Shorts: Immigrant High

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Our American Graduate short film festival continues with Immigrant High, a film by Xochitl Dorsey. [Go here for more on the American Graduate films.] Immigrant teens find face discrimination, language barriers,…...

October 14, 2013

American Graduate Shorts: I Really Want to Make It

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We continue our look at the American Graduate shorts with I Really Want to Make It, a film by Ray Telles and Angela Reginato. Sharon Montano of Oakland decides to go back to school…...