Press Releases


  1. Independent Lens Announces New 2016-2017 Season

    November 17, 2016

    The critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary showcase Independent Lens announced today its upcoming new season lineup, which launches on Monday, December 26, 2016, with the real-life cross-cultural romantic comedy Meet the Patels.

  2. ITVS names John Cheng Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

    November 4, 2016

    Public media’s leading incubator and presenter of independent film, announced today John Cheng will join the organization as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. In this new position Cheng will oversee strategy across the organization’s finance, information technology, business affairs and operations units.

  3. Containment Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 9, 2017 on PBS

    November 3, 2016

    Filmed in weapons plants, in Fukushima, and in a deep underground burial site, Containment is part graphic novel and part observational essay, weaving between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled distant future, exploring the struggle to keep waste confined over millennia.

  4. Best and Most Beautiful Things Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 2, 2017 on PBS

    November 2, 2016

    In rural Maine, a quirky, charming, and determined young woman named Michelle Smith lives with her mother Julie. Legally blind and on the autism spectrum, Michelle has big dreams and proudly wears the badge of outcast. Searching for connection, Michelle explores love and empowerment outside the limits of “normal,” including a provocative sexual awakening.

  5. Meet the Patels Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, December 26, 2016 on PBS

    October 11, 2016
    Meet the Patels Premieres on Independent LensMonday, December 26, 2016 on PBSOnline Streaming Begins December 27True-Life Romantic Comedy about an Indian American’s Search for Love with the Help of His Enormous Extended Family(San Francisco, CA) — Meet the Patels is a charming, real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an Indian American

    September 24, 2016
    ORLANDO, Fla. – ITVS, regarded for producing independent films that tackle complex social issues and enhance dialogue, is leading two screening events for NEWTOWN at this year’s Global Peace Film Festival. Tapping the power of independent film to bring together communities like those affected by gun violence in Newtown, CT, and Orlando, ITVS will
  7. Independent Lens Wins News Emmy for The Homestretch

    September 23, 2016
    Independent Lens Wins News and Documentary Emmy® Award for The Homestretch(San Francisco, CA) September 22, 2016—Independent Lens is pleased to announce that the series has been honored with a News and Documentary Emmy® Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). The Homestretch, directed by Anne de Mare and Kirsten

    September 9, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO – ITVS, a leading incubator of documentary films, will continue its partnership with independent filmmakers who shed light on social issues. ITVS has contracted for production with more than 40 films this year, among them “People's Republic of Desire”, by filmmaker Hao Wu. The film delves into China’s income inequality and the rise of
  9. Best of Enemies Premieres on Independent Lens

    August 4, 2016
    Part of PBS Election 2016 Programming, Film Revisits the Game-Changing William F. Buckley/Gore Vidal Debates of the 1968 Presidential Campaign.(San Francisco, CA) — In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC News hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and
  10. ITVS Announces Funding For When Claude Got Shot

    August 3, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO – ITVS, a co-producer of films that tackle complex social issues and enhance dialogue, has announced the first of its upcoming summer titles. When Claude Got Shot, by director Brad Lichtenstein, tells the story of three strangers brought together by gun violence. The film explores the complex and intrinsically woven themes of criminal
  11. TED Talks: Education Revolution Premieres Tuesday, September 13, 2016, on PBS

    July 21, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO – Hosted by best-selling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston and actress, musician and activist actress Sara Ramirez, TED Talks: Education Revolution explores new and innovative approaches to learning and teaching. TED Talks: Education Revolution premieres Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)
  12. Newtown Premieres on Independent Lens During 2016-2017 Season on PBS

    July 15, 2016
    (San Francisco, CA) — On December 14, 2012, a disturbed young man committed a horrific mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that took the lives of 20 elementary school children and six educators. Kim A. Snyder’s searing new documentary Newtown, filmed over the course of nearly three years, uses deeply personal, never-before-heard testimonies to