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  1. Behind the Scenes with the Makers of the Interactive Documentary After the Storm

    May 6, 2015

    After the Storm, co-created by Andrew Beck Grace and Helios Design Studios, is an immersive personal essay created for online, tablet, and mobile viewing. Recently launched through a partnership with Independent Lens and The Washington Post, it tells the story of what happens after the storm passes, the media leaves town, and the adrenaline

  2. You Be the Judge: The 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award

    June 22, 2011

    Voting for the Independent Lens audience award closes Tuesday, June 28.  It's a wrap!  The ninth season of Independent Lens is in the can, and what a fantastic season it was. We had nine months of eye-opening, jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching, and mind-blowing films. Now its the audience's chance to vote for the films they liked the best. Voting for the 2011

  3. International Call Profile: Koen Suidgeest

    December 8, 2010

    With fewer than five days to go before the International Call deadline, (December 10, 2010!), BTB is highlighting past recipients. This week, we turn to Koen Suidgeest and his film Karla’s Arrival, which explores the subculture of second-generation street kids in Managua, Nicaragua. The documentary tells the story through the experience of a

  4. Independent Lens Rack Up Awards at IDA

    December 7, 2010

    The IDA Documentary Awards took place last Friday in Los Angeles and Independent Lens films received high honors. Series Producer and ITVS Vice President Lois Vossen was on hand and filed this report to BTB. From the beginning, it was clear this would not be your usual staid awards ceremony. Director Morgan Spurlock and Eddie Schmidt, president of the IDA

  5. Family, Secrets, and Tragedy Exhumed in Lost Sparrow

    November 15, 2010

    Some questions can never be answered. Some answers are hard to take. Three decades ago, two Crow Indian brothers ran away from their adoptive home for reasons their family never quite understood. The next day, Bobby and Tyler Billing were found dead on the railroad tracks. Their sudden and mysterious deaths sent shock-waves through a tiny upstate New York