Press Releases


  1. 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 political parties were appointed to the committee:
  2. What Was Ours Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 16, 2017 on PBS

    January 16, 2016
    Film Asks Who Owns the Past When Sacred Cultural Artifacts Have Been Removed from Those Who Created Them (San Francisco, CA) — For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the isolated Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offers the possibility for healing. A young

    January 14, 2016
    WHAT: ITVS, the leading supporter of independent filmmakers and the driver behind Women and Girls Lead Global, together with its partners the Ford Foundation and USAID to host a robust discussion titled “Unstoppable Stories: How Media Can Support Social Change, Gender Equality and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals”.Since the launch of the
  4. 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 fighting for her family’s survival, Wilhemina’s War shows
  5. (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 Black revolutionary turned informant, whose
  6. 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 Theatre. Get an intimate look at this groundbreaking
  7. 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 grandparents’ health problems escalate, they are forced to
  8. 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 series Independent Lens. Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe,
  9. 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 films nominated are (T)ERROR, and Best of Enemies,
  10. Stanley Nelson’s Acclaimed The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, February 16, 2016 on PBS

    November 25, 2015
    (San Francisco, CA) — Change was coming to America and the fault lines could no longer be ignored — cities were burning, Vietnam was exploding, and disputes raged over equality and civil rights. A new revolutionary culture was emerging and it sought to drastically transform the system. The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense would, for a short time, put
  11. Chuck Norris vs. Communism Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 4, 2016 on PBS

    November 10, 2015
    (San Francisco, CA) — In 1980s Romania, thousands of Western films — mostly Hollywood action movies — smashed through the Iron Curtain, opening a window into the free world. A black market VHS racketeer and a courageous female translator brought the magic of film to the people — and fueled a revolution. Combining drama with first-person accounts, Chuck
  12. No Más Bebés Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 1, 2016 on PBS

    November 6, 2015
    (San Francisco, CA) — No Más Bebés tells the story of a little-known, but landmark event of women’s history and reproductive rights, a struggle that unfolded four decades ago in Los Angeles. The film recounts how a small group of Mexican immigrant mothers and activists sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while