Over the course of the next two weeks, journalists and television critics will be flocking to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles for the biannual Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Los Angeles for a chance to preview upcoming programs from major broadcast and cable networks.
This weekend, PBS is prominently featuring Independent Lens with two panels in support of next season’s programming.
First up is a special presentation of Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies, a documentary that explores the ups and downs of soul food, a quintessential American cuisine.
On Saturday morning, journalists are invited to enjoy a soul food-inspired breakfast before heading over to a panel featuring director Byron Hurt, comedian and key subject of the documentary Dick Gregory, and Independent Lens host Mary-Louise Parker for a lively conversation centered around the film. Continue reading →
The Independent Lens host invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day and ITVS’s public media campaign — Women and Girls Lead.
Show your support for the initiative (literally!) by adding the campaign’s banner to your Facebook profile for 24 hours in celebration of International Women’s Day. You can find the images on the Women and Girls Lead Facebook page.
The five-part series by Connie Field chronicles the history of the global anti-apartheid movement. Watch the first two installments on Thursday, January 12 on PBS.
Have You Heard from Johannesburg examines the movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.
Airing over three weeks, the five-part series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not.
NOTE: ITVS and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) will host a special online-only social screening of the film following the broadcast at 1PM PT / 4PM ET on Friday, January 13. Click here for details!
Trouble rallying friends for book club? Mary-Louise Parker invites indie film lovers across the country to rally during PBS broadcasts ofIndependent Lens under #ILDocClub on twitter. Join the conversation each week with fresh reactions from viewers and some of the most provocative independent filmmakers on the planet.
The multi-award wining actress will guide the documentary series through its 10th anniversary season beginning on Thursday, October 13 at 10PM.
Parker, the star of the acclaimed Showtime series Weeds, is the latest in the distinguished company of Independent Lens hosts, including America Ferrera, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Terence Howard, Edie Falco, Angela Bassett, and Don Cheadle.
“Mary-Louise Parker’s intelligence, wit, and expansive talent are evident in her varied and award-winning acting in television, film, and on stage,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens senior series producer. “Her career epitomizes the spirit and the depth that also define Independent Lens. Like the filmmakers we champion, we greatly admire the infinite inventiveness of her work.” Continue reading →