Press Releases


  1. My Nazi Legacy Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 2, 2016 on PBS

    February 17, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) – A powerful and unsettling account of the toll of inherited guilt, My Nazi Legacy explores the relationship between two men, each of whom are the sons of high-ranking Nazi officials, and the eminent human rights lawyer Philippe Sands, whose family perished at the hands of the Nazis.

  2. An Honest Liar Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, March 28, 2016 on PBS

    January 25, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) — For the last half-century, James “The Amazing” Randi has entertained millions of people around the world with his remarkable feats of magic, escape, and trickery. But when he saw faith healers, fortunetellers, and psychics using his beloved magician’s tricks to steal money from

  3. Peace Officer Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 9, 2016 on PBS

    January 21, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) – Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Peace Officer is the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained one of Utah’s first SWAT teams — only to watch in horror as that same unit killed

  4. The Armor of Light Premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, May 10, 2016 on PBS

    January 21, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) — The Armor of Light follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right,

  5. Welcome to Leith Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 4, 2016 on PBS

    January 20, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) – Welcome to Leith chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorious white supremacist Craig Cobb. As his behavior becomes more threatening, tensions soar, and the residents desperately look for ways to expel their unwanted neighbor. An unsettling exploration

  6. Democrats Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 18, 2016 on PBS

    January 20, 2016

    (San Francisco, CA) – In the wake of long-time leader Robert Mugabe’s contentious 2008 presidential win, Zimbabwe took a historic step forward by convening a bipartisan constitutional committee in an effort to transition the country away from its corrupt, authoritarian leadership. Two men from rival

  7. Wilhemina’s War Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 29, 2016 on PBS

    December 30, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) – Each year in the United States, 50,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Nearly half of them live in the South, where the epidemic has taken root in rural communities like Williston, South Carolina. Through the story of Wilhemina Dixon, a one-woman army

  8. (T)ERROR Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 22, 2016 on PBS

    December 28, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) — Winner of a 2015 Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, (T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Unfolding with the drama and intrigue of a spy novel, (T)ERROR is the story of “Shariff,” a 63-year-old

  9. A Ballerina’s Tale Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 8, 2016 on PBS

    December 9, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) – Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction are black women. But Misty Copeland has risen to the highest level, making history as the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet

  10. Nine to Ninety

    December 8, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO, December 4, 2015 – In this award-winning documentary directed by Alicia Dwyer and produced by Juli Vizza, we meet Phyllis and Joe Sabatini. At age 89 and 90, they live at home with their daughter Sarah and granddaughter Jacqueline. But as the family struggles to make ends meet and the

  11. Big Night for ITVS Series and its Films at 31st Annual International Documentary Association Awards

    December 7, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO – The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced the winners of the 31st IDAs last night with ITVS receiving four IDA awards. Last night’s honors brings the total number of IDA honors for ITVS to 21, including a third consecutive win for its acclaimed weekly seriesIndependent

  12. ITVS Series and Films Receive Nominations for 31st Annual International Documentary Association Awards 

    December 3, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO – Today, ITVS announced that its series, Independent lens, and three of its films are among the nominees for the 2015 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards, including the ITVS-funded film, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, for Best Feature. The other two ITVS