Press Releases

  1. The Last Laugh Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 24, 2017 on PBS

    February 1, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) — The Last Laugh is a documentary based on the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even victims of Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line?

  2. The Bad Kids Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, March 20, 2017 on PBS

    January 25, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) — Located in an isolated and impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is one of California’s alternative schools for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind that they have no hope of earning a diploma at a traditional high school — Black Rock is their last chance.

  3. Ovarian Psycos Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, March 27, 2017 on PBS

    January 25, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) — Ovarian Psycos is a documentary about a new generation of young women of color from the Eastside of Los Angeles who are confronting injustice, building community, and redefining identity through a raucous, irreverently named bicycle crew: The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade.

  4. INDEPENDENT LENS I Am Not Your Negro Receives Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film

    January 24, 2017

    (San Francisco, CA) — JANUARY 24, 2017—Independent Lens is pleased to announce that I Am Not Your Negro has been nominated for Best Documentary Feature Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.    

  5. 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.