Press Releases

  1. My Country No More Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 7 on PBS

    November 28, 2018

    Online Streaming Begins January 8(San Francisco, CA) — Between 2011 and 2016, oil drilling in rural North Dakota reached its peak, setting off a modern-day gold rush in Trenton, North Dakota, population less than 1000. With billions of dollars to be gained in an industry-friendly state with a “reasonable regulation” climate, small towns like Trenton

  2. Independent Lens Nominated for IDA Documentary Award for the Prestigious Best Curated Series and Three ITVS-funded Films Receive Honors from the International Documentary Association

    October 26, 2018

    (San Francisco, CA) Wednesday, October 24, 2018 — For the eighth consecutive year, the ITVS series Independent Lens has been nominated for the IDA Documentary Award for Best Curated Series from the International Documentary Association, it was announced today. The series has won four times in the last five years. The 34th Annual IDA Documentary Awards

  3. RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 21, 2019 on PBS and

    October 22, 2018

    An Electrifying Look at the Native American Influence in Popular Music Despite Attempts to Ban, Censor and Erase Indian Culture(San Francisco, CA) — A musical celebration of how Native American musicians transformed blues, jazz and rock, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, will premiere on Independent Lens Monday, January 21, 2019, 10:00-11:30

  4. Wildland Launches New Season of Independent Lens Monday, October 29, 2018 on PBS

    October 2, 2018

    Filmmaker/Firefighters Tell the Epic Yet Intimate Story ofOne Crew Battling Wildfires in the West(San Francisco, CA) — Filmed during two recent wildfire seasons, Wildland is a sweeping yet deeply personal account of a single wildland firefighting crew as they struggle with fear, loyalty, dreams, and demons. What emerges is a rich story of


    October 2, 2018

    (San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2018) Three documentaries funded by ITVS received News and Documentary Emmy Awards, two for Independent Lens and one for FRONTLINE, it was announced last night at the 39th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The winning films were Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Forever Pure and TOWER. The News & Documentary Emmy®