Press Releases

  1. ITVS Launches New Online Mini Docu-series

    January 9, 2017

    San Francisco – ITVS, the award-winning incubator and producer of the public television documentary series Independent Lens, today announced the launch of a new six-part docu-series Party Girls: Exploring Politics Across America.

  2. Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 13, 2017 on PBS

    December 20, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) — Musician Daryl Davis has an unorthodox and controversial hobby. He’s played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it’s what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart: he meets and befriends members of the KKK, many of whom have never met a black person.

  3. Birth of a Movement Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 6, 2017 on PBS

    December 20, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) — Over 100 years after the release of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, which depicted the KKK as heroes and African Americans in the most racist caricatures imaginable, the battle to assert African Americans’ rightful place in both civil society and popular culture continues.

  4. The Witness Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 23, 2017 on PBS

    December 13, 2016

    The name Kitty Genovese became synonymous with bystander apathy after The New York Times reported that 38 witnesses watched her being murdered — and did nothing to help. This version of events went largely unchallenged for half a century. The horrifying implications of the Times story reached across the city and the country, and would eventually impact lawmakers and lecture halls across the globe.

  5. TOWER Premieres on INDEPENDENT LENS Tuesday, February 14, 2017 on PBS

    December 12, 2016

    On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage for 96 minutes. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded and a shaken nation left trying to understand.