Press Releases

  1. Independent Lens Nominated for Best Curated Series by the International Documentary Association

    October 20, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) October 16, 2017— Independent Lens has received a nomination for the 2017 Best Curated Series from the International Documentary Association (IDA), it was announced today. Independent Lens has won the award in three previous years — 2013, 2014, and 2015. The 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards will take place on Saturday, December 9,


    October 5, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA, October 6, 2017) Five ITVS documentaries, four for Independent Lens and one for POV, received News & Documentary Emmy Awards, it was announced today at the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The winning films include: The Armor of Light (Independent Lens) for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary; Thank You For

  3. The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

    October 4, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) —Jennifer M. Kroot’s The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, premieres on Independent Lens, Monday, January 1, 2018, 10:30 PM to Midnight ET (check local listings) on PBS.  

  4. Unrest Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 8, 2018 on PBS

    September 22, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) — Filmmaker Jennifer Brea was a Harvard PhD student soon to be engaged when she was struck down by a mysterious fever that left her bedridden. As her illness progressed she lost even the ability to sit in a wheelchair, yet her doctors insisted it was "all in her head." 

  5. Supergirl Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, December 18, 2017 on PBS

    September 15, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) — When Naomi Kutin, an Orthodox Jewish girl from New Jersey, broke a world powerlifting record at the age of ten – lifting 215 pounds when she herself weighed only 97 pounds – she quickly became a media sensation, earning the nickname “Supergirl.”