Independent Lens

  • 1999

Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

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Season 16

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep8 The Kill Team; Confusion Through Sand
Ep7 Evolution of a Criminal
Ep6 Rich Hill
Ep5 Happiness
Ep4 Powerless
Ep3 Brakeless
Ep2 Twin Sisters
Ep1 Bully

Season 15

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep21 The New Black
Ep20 God Loves Uganda
Ep19 Let the Fire Burn
Ep18 A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times
Ep17 Muscle Shoals; Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story
Ep16 The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Ep15 Brothers Hypnotic
Ep14 Medora
Ep13 All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss, and Last Resorts
Ep12 Las Marthas
Ep11 Spies of Mississippi
Ep10 The State of Arizona
Ep9 Blood Brother
Ep8 At Berkeley
Ep7 How to Survive a Plague
Ep6 Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Ep5 Playwright: From Page to Stage
Ep4 Young Lakota
Ep3 Indian Relay
Ep2 The Graduates/Los Graduados
Ep1 The Graduates/Los Graduados

Season 14

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep19 The Waiting Room; Let Me Down Easy
Ep18 Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
Ep17 The Revolutionary Optimists
Ep16 Detropia
Ep15 The Invisible War
Ep14 Seeking Asian Female
Ep13 The Undocumented
Ep12 The Island President
Ep11 Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
Ep10 The House I Live In
Ep9 Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Ep8 The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights
Ep7 The Revisionaries
Ep6 Beauty Is Embarrassing
Ep5 Soul Food Junkies
Ep4 Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream
Ep3 Solar Mamas
Ep2 Love Free or Die
Ep1 As Goes Janesville

Season 13

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep27 Strong!
Ep26 We Were Here
Ep25 Hell and Back Again
Ep24 Left by the Ship
Ep23 Precious Knowledge
Ep22 Summer Pasture
Ep21 Circo
Ep20 Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison
Ep19 Revenge of the Electric Car
Ep18 When the Drum Is Beating
Ep17 Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Ep16 You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't
Ep15 More Than a Month
Ep14 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Ep13 Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Ep12 Have You Heard From Johannesburg? Free at Last
Ep11 Have You Heard From Johannesburg? The Bottom Line
Ep10 Have You Heard From Johannesburg? From Selma to Soweto
Ep9 Have You Heard From Johannesburg? The New Generation
Ep8 Have You Heard From Johannesburg? Road to Resistance
Ep7 These Amazing Shadows
Ep6 The Woodmans
Ep5 We Still Live Here - As Nutayunean
Ep4 Deaf Jam
Ep3 Lives Worth Living
Ep2 Donor Unknown
Ep1 Wham! Bam! Islam

Season 12

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep25 Two Spirits
Ep24 Welcome to Shelbyville
Ep23 Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Ep22 Bhutto
Ep21 A Film Unfinished
Ep20 Marwencol
Ep19 Waste Land
Ep18 Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
Ep17 Desert of Forbidden Art
Ep16 Pushing the Elephant
Ep15 Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story
Ep14 William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
Ep13 When I Rise
Ep12 For Once in My Life
Ep11 Children of Haiti
Ep10 Men Who Swim
Ep9 The Calling
Ep8 The Calling
Ep7 45365
Ep5 Lost Sparrow
Ep4 The Longoria Affair
Ep3 Reel Injun
Ep2 Art & Copy
Ep1 The Parking Lot Movie

Season 11

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep27 Goodbye Solo
Ep26 A Village Called Versailles
Ep25 Project Kashmir
Ep24 The Horse Boy
Ep23 Sunshine
Ep22 Garbage Dreams
Ep21 DIRT! The Movie
Ep20 Blessed Is the Match
Ep19 Unmistaken Child
Ep18 Whatever It Takes
Ep17 Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)
Ep16 The Eyes of Me
Ep15 Behind the Rainbow
Ep14 Mine; Home
Ep13 P-Star Rising
Ep12 Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
Ep11 Copyright Criminals
Ep10 Young@Heart
Ep9 Scenes From a Parish
Ep8 Between the Folds
Ep7 Objectified
Ep6 No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
Ep5 D Tour
Ep4 Power Paths
Ep3 Journals of a Wily School
Ep2 Butte, America
Ep1 Herb and Dorothy

Season 10

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep26 Our Disappeared/Nuestros Desaparecidos
Ep25 Ask Not
Ep24 Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors
Ep23 Crips and Bloods: Made in America
Ep22 Wings of Defeat
Ep21 At Home in Utopia
Ep20 Steal a Pencil for Me
Ep19 Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Ep18 Milking the Rhino
Ep17 Recycle
Ep16 Lakshmi and Me
Ep15 Arusi Persian Wedding
Ep14 The Order of Myths; Bi-Racial Hair
Ep13 Tulia, Texas
Ep12 Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene
Ep11 Helvetica
Ep10 Operation Filmmaker
Ep9 Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway
Ep8 Wonders Are Many: The Making of "Doctor Atomic"
Ep7 Doc
Ep6 Atom Smashers
Ep5 March Point
Ep4 Lioness
Ep3 Knee Deep
Ep1 Chicago 10

Season 9

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep27 Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story
Ep26 Deep Water
Ep25 The Cool School
Ep24 Writ Writer
Ep23 New Year Baby
Ep22 A Dream in Doubt
Ep21 Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula
Ep20 King Corn
Ep19 Water Flowing Together
Ep18 Compañeras
Ep17 Iron Ladies of Liberia
Ep16 Hard Road Home
Ep15 Banished
Ep14 How Is Your Fish Today?
Ep13 American Made
Ep12 A Son's Sacrifice
Ep11 Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita
Ep10 Today's Man
Ep9 An Unreasonable Man
Ep8 The Paper
Ep7 Sisters in Law
Ep6 The Creek Runs Red
Ep5 Miss Navajo
Ep4 Red White Black & Blue
Ep3 Storm of Emotions
Ep2 Please Vote for Me
Ep1 Wordplay

Season 8

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep27 La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul
Ep26 The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Ep25 Knocking
Ep24 Sentenced Home
Ep23 The Cats of Mirikitani
Ep22 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Ep20 China Blue
Ep19 Race to Execution
Ep18 Stolen
Ep17 Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?
Ep16 Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes
Ep15 Motherland Afghanistan
Ep14 Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
Ep13 Twisted
Ep12 Beyond the Call
Ep11 Shadya
Ep10 A Fish Story
Ep9 Short Stack 2006
Ep8 Revolucion: Five Visions
Ep7 A Sad Flower in the Sand
Ep6 Two Square Miles
Ep5 Democracy on Deadline
Ep4 Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire
Ep3 Muskrat Lovely
Ep2 Still Life With Animated Dogs
Ep1 The World According to Sesame Street

Season 7

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep29 A Lion in the House
Ep28 A Lion in the House
Ep27 The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Ep26 The Great Pink Scare
Ep25 The Devil's Miner
Ep24 Frozen Angels
Ep23 Fishbowl; American Made
Ep22 Music from the Inside Out
Ep21 A League of Ordinary Gentlemen
Ep20 La Sierra
Ep19 Trudell
Ep18 Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City
Ep17 Troop 1500
Ep16 The Loss of Nameless Things
Ep15 Almost Home
Ep14 July '64
Ep13 Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power
Ep12 Girl Trouble
Ep11 Sheriff
Ep10 Short Stack: Lost & Found
Ep9 Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community
Ep8 Seoul Train
Ep7 Maid in America
Ep6 Race Is the Place
Ep5 Mirror Dance
Ep4 A Family at War
Ep3 The Last Cowboy
Ep2 En Route to Baghdad
Ep1 Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

Season 6

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep27 Brother to Brother
Ep26 Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story
Ep25 Double Dare; Piki and Poko: Taking the Dare!
Ep24 Red Hook Justice
Ep22 Imelda
Ep21 The Last Letter; Zyklon Portrait; The Walnut Tree
Ep20 End of the Century: The Ramones; Joe Strummer Rocks Again
Ep19 Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton
Ep18 A Lion's Trail
Ep17 Let the Church Say Amen
Ep16 Sunset Story
Ep15 Sisters of '77
Ep14 Thunder in Guyana/Unites States of Poetry
Ep13 On a Roll: Family, Disability and the American Dream
Ep12 February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four
Ep11 Power Trip
Ep10 A Touch of Greatness
Ep9 A Hard Straight
Ep8 Short, Not Sweet
Ep7 Fine; Doki-Doki
Ep6 Girl Wrestler
Ep5 The Day My God Died
Ep4 Los Angeles Now
Ep3 Afghanistan Unveiled
Ep2 Polka Time
Ep1 The Political Dr. Seuss

Season 5

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep28 The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out
Ep27 Sumo East and West
Ep26 Cosmopolitan
Ep25 Death of a Shaman
Ep24 Refugee
Ep23 One Night at the Grand Star; Double Exposure
Ep22 The Weather Underground
Ep21 Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
Ep20 Love Inventory
Ep19 Every Child Is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas
Ep18 T-Shirt Travels
Ep17 Sentencing the Victim
Ep16 Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew
Ep15 A Place of Our Own
Ep14 Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property
Ep13 Why Can't We Be a Family Again?; Downpour Resurfacing
Ep12 Life Matters
Ep11 Make 'Em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story
Ep10 Man Bites Shorts
Ep9 Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad
Ep8 Loaded Gun: Life and Death and Dickinson
Ep7 Eroica!
Ep6 Livermore
Ep5 Be Good, Smile Pretty
Ep4 A Wedding in Ramallah
Ep3 Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America
Ep2 Foto-Novelas 2: 'Junkyard Saints' and 'Broken Sky'
Ep1 Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz

Season 4

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep14 Daddy & Papa
Ep13 Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer
Ep12 Razing Appalachia
Ep11 Guns and Mothers
Ep10 Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai
Ep9 Sisters in Resistance
Ep8 Bird by Bird with Annie: A Portrait of Anne Lamott
Ep7 Strange Fruit
Ep6 Chiefs
Ep5 Los Trabajadores/The Workers
Ep4 Downside Up
Ep3 On This Island
Ep2 Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story
Ep1 Maggie Growls

Season 3

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep10 Romancing the Throne
Ep9 Open Outcry
Ep8 Gibtown
Ep7 Undetectable
Ep6 The Split Horn
Ep5 Who Owns the Past?
Ep4 Good Kurds, Bad Kurds
Ep3 Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants
Ep2 Secrets of Silicon Valley
Ep1 Confederacy Theory

Season 2

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep10 A Wok in Progress
Ep9 In Harm's Way; Carved from the Heart
Ep8 Music in Their Bones
Ep7 The Return of Navajo Boy
Ep6 Passing Through; Graham's Diner
Ep5 Girl Gone Bad
Ep4 Born in the USA
Ep3 Short Stories
Ep2 No Hair Day
Ep1 Now & Then: From Frosh to Seniors

Season 1

Episode Number Episode Name Viewing Progress Airdate
Ep10 I Can't Believe I Married a Lesbian
Ep9 Secret People
Ep8 Sing Faster: The Stagehand's Ring Cycle
Ep7 And Baby Makes Two
Ep6 Holy Tortilla; Lock and Key
Ep5 The Jew in the Lotus
Ep4 The Man Who Drove with Mandela
Ep3 Visas and Virtues; I Am Viet Hung
Ep2 Nothing but the Truth
Ep1 Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small Town Gang

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