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May 23, 2012
Each spring, PBS hosts its Annual Meeting, an opportunity for people from across the public television landscape to come together and see what worked the year before and look ahead to what the coming year holds. The PBS Annual Meeting is attended by public television station staff including general managers, programmers, outreach and publicity staff,…
February 27, 2012
Independent Lens Series Producer Lois Vossen attended Sunday night’s Academy Awards in Los Angeles. She was there to support two nominated films for Best Documentary feature: Independent Lens' Hell and Back Again and the ITVS-funded If a Tree Falls (which aired on POV). The documentary Undefeated wound up taking the prize. Still, Lois had a blast and as…
February 6, 2012
Sundance 2012 was a record-breaking year year for ITVS and Independent Lens. Six ITVS funded films screened in the documentary competitions and all six were honored with Sundance awards. (ITVS had had seven films playing at Sundance in 2004; six films in 2002; and eight films in 1997 for those interested in banner years). Adding to that powerful showing,…
January 17, 2012
The five-part series by filmmaker Connie Field chronicles the anti-apartheid movement and premiered on Independent Lens last week. Founding Series Producer Lois Vossen discusses the film and why she included the landmark documentary in this season's lineup. Episodes three and four of the season will air on Thursday, January 19.
December 28, 2011
Independent Lens Founding Series Producer Lois Vossen sets up filmmakers Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton's documentary, These Amazing Shadows, which premieres on Thursday, December 29, on PBS. The documentary weaves clips from America's most-beloved films with moving personal tales of how specific films have reflected our culture and changed lives.