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  1. Powerbroker Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Shaped Her Film

    February 15, 2013

    Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell has an unusually close tie to her forthcoming film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. Whitney Young, Jr., was her uncle and his parents helped raise her. Independent Lens sat down with Boswell to learn more about how her early life influenced her film. The Powerbroker premieres February 18 at 10pm PST on

  2. Marriage Equality: A Special ITVS Social Screening of Thomas Allen Harris's Short Documentary

    June 7, 2012

    ITVS presents an online social screening of Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness on Tuesday, June 12th at 1PM PT / 4PM ET. The event will take place here.When President Obama stated his support for gay marriage a few weeks ago, the headlines were splashed across news outlets around the the world. For Pride Month, the National Black

  3. Independent Lens Leads PBS's Black History Month

    January 5, 2012

    The lineup will include three new critically acclaimed documentaries in February: Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, More Than a Month, and The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 — featuring the legendary activist and scholar Dr. Angela Davis. In February 2012, Independent Lens will lead the celebration of Black History Month on public television

  4. The Longoria Affair Nominated for an Emmy

    July 18, 2011

    The Longoria Affair (El caso Longoria) — which aired this past November on Independent Lens — has been nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Historical Programming Long Form category. The film examines the refusal of a Texas funeral home to care for the body of WWII Mexican American soldier. Filmmaker John Valadez spoke with Independent Lens about the

  5. Newly Tapped Independent Lens Doc Screens Tuesday at Cannes

    May 16, 2011

    The Black Power Mixtape, directed by Göran Hugo Olsson, will screen Tuesday at the Cannes International Film Festival. The documentary will air next season on Independent Lens. The documentary examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, startling 16mm footage (lying