Press Releases

  1. Decade of Fire Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, November 4, 2019 on PBS and PBS.org

    October 1, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA) — In the 1970s, the Bronx was on fire. Left unprotected by the city government, nearly a quarter-million people were displaced as their close-knit, multiethnic neighborhood burned to the ground, reducing the community to rubble. While insidious government policies caused the devastation, it was the African American and Latino

  2. The Interpreters Premieres on Independent Lens on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019, on PBS and PBS.org

    October 1, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA) — During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 50,000 local interpreters helped protect U.S. military forces on the ground, enabling them to communicate with the local population. But those who took the job were often considered traitors. In the aftermath of war, some have been able to leave their home countries and reach safety,

  3. Independent Lens Films Receive Four News & Documentary Emmy Awards

    September 25, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA, September 25, 2019) Independent Lens is proud to announce three films that premiered on the series were honored with four News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. The winning films are I Am Not Your Negro, Wildland and Dawnland; complete list follows. Additionally, Armed with Faith which was co-funded by ITVS and premiered on DOC World,

  4. "Made in Boise” Opens New Season of Independent Lens Monday, October 28, 2019 on PBS and PBS.org

    August 15, 2019

    (San Francisco, CA) — A surprising — and booming — industry has emerged in Boise, Idaho. In this idyllic, all-American city, nurses, nail technicians and stay-at-home mothers are choosing to become paid surrogates for people from around the world. “Made in Boise” goes inside the lives of four of them as they build relationships with the intended parents,

  5. ITVS Taps Royd Chung, MTV “True Life” Showrunner and OZY Media Exec, as VP of Production

    June 10, 2019

    (San Francisco, California) JUNE 10, 2019 — Today Independent Television Service (ITVS), the leading funder of U.S. independent public television productions, announced that Royd Chung will join the award-winning organization as Vice President of Production. In his new role, Chung will helm active co-productions, including the 2019/2020 season of