Press Releases

  1. When God Sleeps Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 2, 2018 on PBS

    February 6, 2018

    Directed by Till Schauder, When God Sleeps is a rap-punk-rock documentary about Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women and human rights abuses.

  2. ITVS-FUNDED DOCUMENTARY ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

    January 23, 2018

    (San Francisco, CA, January 23, 2018) — ITVS is pleased to announce that the ITVS-funded film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, has been honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film. The awards will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on March 4, 2018. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, directed by Steve

  3. “Dolores,” Acclaimed Portrait of Activist Icon Dolores Huerta, Premieres on Independent Lens, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, on PBS

    January 12, 2018

    (San Francisco, CA) — One of the most important, yet least known activists of our time, Dolores Huerta was an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chávez.

  4. Rat Film Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 26, 2018 on PBS

    January 12, 2018

    (San Francisco, CA) — In his critically-acclaimed directorial debut, Theo Anthony uses the rat to burrow into the dark, complicated history of Baltimore.

  5. Independent Lens Wins IDA Award for Best Curated Series

    December 11, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) December 11, 2017— Independent Lens has won the 2017 IDA Documentary Award for Best Curated Series from the International Documentary Association. This year’s win marks the fourth time for the series, having received the award previously in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The 33rd Annual IDA Documentary Awards ceremony took place on