Press Releases

  1. New Study Shows Valuable Role of Documentaries in Shaping the National Conversation on Racial Violence

    October 12, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC (October 12, 2020) — The Center for Media & Social Impact today released a study showing that in a time of escalating media distrust and expanding news deserts, Americans view documentary storytelling as a trustworthy information source and a driver of civic dialogue on social challenges such as racial violence.  Conducted in early

  2. Independent Lens premieres Human Rights Watch Film Festival Favorite Belly of the Beast November 23, 2020 on PBS and PBS Video App

    September 30, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA), Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Nearly forty years after being banned, a pattern of illegal sterilizations in America’s women’s prisons has continued undetected, shielded by prison officials and doctors inside the correctional system. From Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director and producer Erika Cohn, Belly of the

  3. ITVS Co-Productions Honored With Three News and Documentary Emmy Awards Including Best Documentary

    September 23, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) Wednesday, September 23, 2020 — ITVS announced today that two ITVS co-production films were honored with a total of three News and Documentary Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Awarded projects include Midnight Traveler for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary and The Silence of

  4. Latino Public Broadcasting’s VOCES Presents “Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground” Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    September 9, 2020

    (LOS ANGELES, CA) — Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) today announced that the new VOCES special, “Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground,” premieres Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, pbs.org and the PBS Video app. Directed by Bernardo Ruiz (Harvest Season, Reportero) and produced by Ruiz and Andrea

  5. Independent Lens Gets Political with Represent, Premiering on PBS and the PBS Video App on October 26

    September 3, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) September 2, 2020 – Local elections, especially those in smaller cities in Middle America, often go overlooked by national media, even though the dynamics at play can mirror — and sometimes predict — the ebb and flow of America’s large-scale political landscape. Represent, directed by Hillary Bachelder, follows three women running