Your votes have been counted! Find out who won the Independent Lens Audience Award.
At film festivals, the award that often matters most to filmmakers and their subjects alike is the Audience Award. They know they’ve struck a chord when the audience applauds their efforts.
The race for the most coveted award of the year for Independent Lens came down to the last 30 minutes of voting. Our top three highest-rated films with the largest number of votes pulled in nearly 5,000 votes between them. It was like the documentary version of American Idol.
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Deep Down Film Brings Kentucky’s Mountaintop Removal Battle to PBS Viewers Deep Down is an exceptional film, and a profoundly informative one, and should be required viewing for every American in our 48 states that burns coal–especially the new junior senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul. Read more >>>
Tell Me More: Investigating Indian Brothers’ Fate In Lost Sparrow Two Crow Indian brothers had run away from the white Baptist family that adopted them out of a troubled home on the Crow reservation in Montana. Over seven years in their adoptive home, they had discovered a dark secret and were headed back to the reservation when they were killed. Host Michel Martin talks with filmmaker Chris Billing about his documentary Lost Sparrow, which details his quest to find out what happened to his adoptive brothers and to confront a painful family history.
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The Longoria Affair airs Tuesday night on Independent Lens at 10 PM (check local listings). The documentary will also be streamed in its entirety online from November 10 until November 16. Plus, we are excited to offer the program in Spanish from November 10 until January 10, 2011. (There are two Independent Lens websites, too: one in English and one in Spanish.)
Director John J. Valadez’s film examines the story of Private Felix Longoria, an American citizen of Mexican descent who was killed fighting in the Pacific Theater for the United States during WWII. After Longoria’s body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to provide him a wake because “the whites wouldn’t like it.”