Press Releases


  1. ITVS Announces Funding For When Claude Got Shot

    October 21, 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

  2. 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

  3. 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,

  4. 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

  5. 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,

  6. 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

  7. T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold Premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, August 2, 2016 on PBS

    May 18, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) – T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa "T-Rex" Shields from Flint, Michigan. Shields was just 17 years old when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012 — the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. Directed by

  8. Independent Lens Executive Producer Lois Vossen Selected as Documentary Chairperson for the Magnolia Awards at the 22nd Shanghai TV Festival, June 6-10, 2016

    April 12, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) — Independent Lens Executive Producer Lois Vossen has been named the Chairperson for Documentaries for the Magnolia Awards, the world’s leading international TV competition, bestowed by the Shanghai TV Festival in China. The 22nd Shanghai TV Festival will take place from June 6-10,

  9. TED Talks: War & Peace Premieres Monday, May 30, 2016 on PBS

    April 8, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO – Filmed at New York's The Town Hall theater and hosted by best-selling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston, TED Talks: War & Peace explores the impact of war through the eyes of those who have experienced its every aspect: soldiers, journalists, doctors, mothers and more. Featuring

  10. Trapped Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, June 20, 2016 on PBS

    March 29, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) — Trapped, a new documentary from filmmaker Dawn Porter, goes to the front lines of the controversial battle currently being waged over so-called TRAP laws — Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers — which reproductive rights advocates believe are designed to restrict access to

  11. Dogtown Redemption Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 16, 2016 on PBS

    March 11, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) – A surprising number of people make their living off our nation’s vast rivers of trash. They are America’s unseen. Dogtown Redemption follows the lives of three of these people over seven years: Jason Witt, the Olympic champion of recycling, who often hauls a shopping cart that weighs

  12. TED Talks: Science and Wonder Premieres Wednesday, March 30 on PBS

    March 1, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA– TED Talks: Science and Wonder, the first of three new TED Talks specials planned for 2016, premieres Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings)on PBS. Filmed at New York's The Town Hall theater and hosted by best-selling author and comedian Baratunde Thurston,