Press Releases

  1. TWO INDEPENDENT LENS FILMS AND THREE ITVS-FUNDED DOCUMENTARIES HONORED WITH PEABODY AWARD NOMINATIONS

    May 6, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) May 6, 2020 — ITVS is proud to announce that two of its films, Hale County This Morning, This Evening and One Child Nation, were nominated in the documentary category for the 79th Annual Peabody Awards, out of a total 20 nominees. Both films premiered on the PBS series Independent Lens, which continues to serve as a public broadcast home

  2. EATING UP EASTER PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    April 23, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) Monday, April, 20, 2020 — More than just a picture-perfect postcard of iconic stone statues, Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a microcosm of a planet in flux. Directed by native Rapa Nui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, the poignant new documentary Eating Up Easter explores the challenges his people are facing, and the

  3. SASHA JOSEPH NEULINGER’S REWIND PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, MAY 11 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    April 10, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) Friday, April 10, 2020 — Made up of home video footage that reveals a long-kept secret, Sasha Joseph Neulinger’s documentary Rewind is a brave and wrenching look at his childhood and his journey to reconcile his past. By probing the gap between image and reality, the film depicts both how little and how much a camera can capture. Praised

  4. BRETT STORY’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY THE HOTTEST AUGUST PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    March 30, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) Tuesday, March 24, 2020 — A film about climate change disguised as a portrait of collective anxiety, The Hottest August presents an up-close and personal look at New Yorkers’ growing concerns over a variety of societal changes, from rising rents to marching white nationalists, during one sweltering month in 2017. Raising the specter

  5. BILL HANEY’S JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH PREMIERES ON INDEPENDENT LENS MONDAY, APRIL 27 ON PBS AND PBS.ORG

    March 30, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) Tuesday, March 24, 2020 —The story of one warmhearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer, Jim Allison: Breakthrough from filmmaker Bill Haney is an homage to an unconventional superhero — a pioneering, harmonica-playing scientist who triumphed over a doubtful medical establishment to save innumerable