Press Releases

  1. What Lies Upstream Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 16, 2018 on PBS

    February 23, 2018

    Documentary Thriller Investigates the Largest Chemical Drinking Water Contamination in a Generation (San Francisco, CA) — In this unsetting exposé, investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to study the unprecedented loss of clean water for over 300,000 Americans. Upon examination, he uncovers a shocking failure of

  2. True Conviction Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 30, 2018 on PBS

    February 22, 2018

    There's a new detective agency in Dallas, run by three exonerated men who all spent decades in prison. Their mission: to free other innocent people still behind bars.(San Francisco, CA) — After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans — Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Steven Phillips —

  3. The Art of the Shine Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 9, 2018 on PBS

    February 20, 2018

    A Delightful, Eye-Opening Look at the World of Professional Shoe Shiners(San Francisco, CA) — You might pass them on the sidewalk, at the mall or at the airport. They’re the shoe shiners, purveying an old school trade that seems like something out of the Mad Men era, out of step with our fast-paced, disposable consumer culture. Yet, to many of the shoe shiners

  4. When God Sleeps Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 2, 2018 on PBS

    February 6, 2018

    Directed by Till Schauder, When God Sleeps is a rap-punk-rock documentary about Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women and human rights abuses.


    January 23, 2018

    (San Francisco, CA, January 23, 2018) — ITVS is pleased to announce that the ITVS-funded film Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, has been honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature Film. The awards will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on March 4, 2018. Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, directed by Steve