Press Releases


  1. 1971 Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, May 18, 2015 on PBS

    December 10, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — On March 8, 1971, a band of suburban parents, university professors, and community leaders broke into a small FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia. Calling themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, the eight activists took hundreds

  2. A Path Appears, a Special Presentation of Independent Lens, Premieres Mondays, January 26-February 9, 2015 on PBS

    November 24, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — A Path Appears, from the creative team behind the groundbreaking series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, follows author/reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and celebrity activists Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner,

  3. The Kill Team Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 19, 2015 on PBS

    November 11, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — The Kill Team goes behind closed doors to tell the harrowing story of Specialist Adam Winfield, a 21-year-old infantryman in Afghanistan who — with the help of his father — attempted to alert the military to heinous war crimes being committed by his platoon. Tragically, his father's

  4. Rich Hill, Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary, Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, January 5 on PBS

    October 22, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — Produced and directed by Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo, Rich Hill goes inside the homes and lives of small town America, where kids confront heartbreaking choices, marginalized parents struggle to survive, and families cling to the promise of equal opportunity and a

  5. Happiness Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, November 17, 2014 on PBS

    October 7, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — In 1999, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck made a landmark proclamation approving the use of television and the internet in the tiny South Asian nation of Bhutan, promising to usher in a new modern era and increase the nation’s “gross national happiness.” But he cautioned the youth of

  6. ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead Announce Pillar Films for 2014-2015 Season and New Leadership Council Members

    September 15, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — September 12, 2014 — Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today the launch of its fourth year of documentary broadcasts in support of Women and Girls Lead (WAGL), an innovative public media campaign designed to celebrate, educate, and activate women, girls, and their

  7. Powerless Premieres On Independent Lens Monday, November 3, 2014 ON PBS

    September 15, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — There are 1.5 billion people living without electricity worldwide and, of these, 400 million live in India. Kanpur, India, home to over three million people, is a once-booming industrial center that has been turned into an urban nightmare by a shortage of reliable electricity. With

  8. Independent Lens Opens New Season With Acclaimed Documentary Bully Monday, October 13, 2014 on PBS

    September 5, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — September 3, 2014 — On the heels of receiving ten News and Documentary Emmy nominations, Independent Lens announced today that its new season opens with the critically-acclaimed documentary Bully. Directed by Sundance and Emmy Award-winner Lee Hirsch, the film brings human scale

  9. Brakeless Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, October 27 on PBS

    September 5, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — On Monday, April 25, 2005, a West Japan Railway commuter train carrying 700 passengers smashed into an Osaka apartment building at 117 kilometers per hour, killing 107 people, including the driver. Official reports later concluded that the cause of the accident was the driver, who

  10. Twin Sisters Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, October 20, 2014 on PBS

    September 5, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — Twin Sisters tells the amazing true story of Mia and Alexandra, twin Chinese infants found in a cardboard box and taken to an orphanage in 2003. Thousands of miles away, two hopeful families — Wenche and Sigmund in Norway, and Andy and Angela in Sacramento — got word that their

  11. Acclaimed Documentary Bully Premieres on Independent Lens Monday, October 13, 2014 on PBS

    September 5, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — A beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary, Bully puts a human face on the devastating impacts of the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. At its heart are those with huge stakes in the issue: five kids and families whose stories each

  12. Evolution of a Criminal Premieres on Independent Lens In January 12, 2015 on PBS

    July 15, 2014

    (San Francisco, CA) — How does a 16-year-old evolve into a bank robber? In Evolution of a Criminal , filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe searches for the answers — about himself. Years after his release from prison, Monroe returns to his old neighborhood to speak with family and friends, along with classmates,