Press Releases


  1. Independent Lens: India’s Daughter Wins 2016 Peabody Award

    April 26, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) – Independent Lens is proud to announce that Leslee Udwin’s India’s Daughter, which premiered on the PBS series in November 2015, is the winner of a 2016 Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards are bestowed by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication;

  2. War For Guam

    April 14, 2015

    NEW YORK, April 2, 2015 – In May, to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Memorial Day, public television stations throughout the country will begin broadcasting War for Guam, the latest production by award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar, Frances Negrón-Muntaner.

  3. ITVS Announces Digital Open Call, a New Funding Initiative for independently-Produced Web Series for Public Media

    March 17, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, MARCH 17, 2015 — Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today at SXSW the launch of Digital Open Call, a new funding initiative for independent film and media makers designed to develop and pilot independently-produced web series for production funding and distribution on

  4. Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Premieres on Public Television in April 2015

    March 17, 2015

    (Boston, MA) – Filmmaker Carol Bash’s documentary Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band brings to the screen one of the most innovative yet unsung jazz pianists, composers, and arrangers. “Trailblazer,” “pioneer,” and “awesome,” are some of the adjectives that international jazz artists today

  5. Kumu Hina Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 4, 2015 on PBS

    March 17, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) — At a time when transgender and gender nonconforming people across the U.S. and around the world have achieved unprecedented visibility in popular culture, but continue to suffer extreme violence, harassment, discrimination, and isolation, Independent Lens presents Kumu Hina, a moving

  6. Limited Partnership Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, June 15, 2015 on PBS

    March 17, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) — Limited Partnership chronicles the 40-year love story between Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan. In 1975, thanks to a courageous county clerk in Boulder, Colorado, Richard and Tony were one of the first same sex couples to be legally married

  7. The Great Invisible Premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens and on Pivot Monday, April 20 at 10:00 PM ET

    March 17, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) — The first comprehensive overview of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its aftermath, The Great Invisible interweaves personal stories, insight from industry insiders, and news footage of the disaster and its aftermath, creating an intimate and emotional look at the people still

  8. Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 11, 2015 on PBS

    March 2, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) -- Catherine Gund’s Born to Fly follows iconoclastic choreographer Elizabeth Streb as she relentlessly pushes herself and her dancers to break free of the traditional, earth-bound confines of dance. Guided by Streb’s daredevil approach to movement in which dancers slam against walls,

  9. Little Hope Was Arson Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, April 6, 2015 on PBS

    February 15, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) — On January 1, 2010, Little Hope Baptist Church burned to the ground in Canton, Texas, the buckle of the Bible Belt. Officials concluded the fire was caused by a problem in the century-old church’s wiring. But when nine more churches went up in flames in one month, the largest manhunt

  10. Lacey Schwartz’s Little White Lie Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, March 23, 2015 on PBS

    January 27, 2015

    (San Francisco, CA) — Little White Lie tells filmmaker Lacey Schwartz’s personal story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity — despite occasional remarks from those around her about how a white girl

  11. American Denial Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 23, 2015 on PBS

    December 15, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) – In 1938, the Carnegie Corporation commissioned Swedish sociologist Gunnar Myrdal to begin his landmark study of race and inequality in the United States. His question: How could a people who cherish freedom and fairness also create such a racially oppressive society? Published in

  12. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, February 16, 2015 on PBS

    December 10, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through