List of Independent Lens films

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This is a list of films from the Independent Lens series on PBS. All airdates are relative to this series as many of these films screened, either in theaters or on television, prior to becoming a part of the Independent Lens series. After the third season, PBS expanded and relaunched the series in 2003 declaring what is technically the fourth season as the new first season. As a result, any reference made by PBS or ITVS to a season number will be three less than the number represented in this list. For example, PBS declares the 2007-2008 season as season 6, but this complete list shows it as season 9. The 2011-2012 season is officially recognized as tenth season.

Episode listing[edit]

Season 1 (1999)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate
101 "Wannabe: Life and Death in a Small-Town Gang" John Whitehead August 9, 1999 (1999-08-09)
102 "Nothing But the Truth" Mark Steven Shepherd August 16, 1999 (1999-08-16)
103 "Visas and Virtue" Chris Tashima August 23, 1999
"I Am Viet Hung" Diep N. Bui
104 "The Man Who Drove with Mandela" Greta Schiller August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30)
105 "The Jew in the Lotus" Laurel Chiten September 6, 1999 (1999-09-06)
106 "Holy Tortilla" Lauren Ivy Chiong September 13, 1999
"Lock and Key" Kisha Cameron
107 "And Baby Makes Two" Oren Rudavsky and Judy Katz September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
108 "Sing Faster: The Stagehands' Ring Cycle" Jon H. Else September 27, 1999 (1999-09-27)
109 "Secret People" John Anderson and Laura Harrison October 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
110 "I Can't Believe I Married A Lesbian" Stuart Perkin October 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)

Season 2 (2000)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate
201 "Now & Then: From Frosh to Seniors" Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine October 2, 2000 (2000-10-02)
202 "No Hair Day" Bob Burns October 9, 2000 (2000-10-09)
203 "Short Stories" Robert Byrd October 16, 2000 (2000-10-16)
204 "Born in the USA" Marcia Jarmel October 23, 2000 (2000-10-23)
205 "Girl Gone Bad" Louis Yansen October 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)
206 "Passing Through" Nathan Adolfson November 6, 2000
"Graham's Diner" Courtney Byrd
207 "The Return of Navajo Boy" Jeff Spitz November 13, 2000 (2000-11-13)
208 "Music in Their Bones" Norton Dill November 20, 2000 (2000-11-20)
209 "In Harm's Way" Jan Krawitz November 27, 2000
"Carved From the Heart" Ellen Frankenstein
210 "A Wok in Progress" Paul Kwan and Arnold Iger December 4, 2000 (2000-12-04)

Season 3 (2001)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate
301 "Confederacy Theory" Ryan Deussing September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
302 "Secrets of Silicon Valley" Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman September 14, 2001 (2001-09-14)
303 "Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants" David Belle and Nicholas Wrathall September 21, 2001 (2001-09-21)
304 "Good Kurds, Bad Kurds" Kevin McKiernan September 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)
305 "Who Owns the Past?" Jed Riffe October 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
306 "The Split Horn: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America" Taggart Siegel October 12, 2001 (2001-10-12)
307 "Undetectable" Jay Corcoran October 19, 2001 (2001-10-19)
308 "Gibtown" Melissa Shachat October 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
309 "Open Outcry" Jon Else November 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
310 "Romancing the Throne" Dominic Ozanne November 9, 2001 (2001-11-09)

Season 4 (2003)[edit]

Note: After the third season, PBS expanded and relaunched the series in 2003 declaring what is technically the fourth season as the new first season. As a result, any reference made by PBS or ITVS to a season number will be three less than the number represented in this list. For example, PBS declares the 2007-2008 season as season 6, but this complete list shows it as season 9.

# Title Directed by Original airdate
401 "Maggie Growls" Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
402 "Off the Charts: The Song-Poem Story" Jamie Meltzer February 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
403 "On This Island" Stephanie Slewka February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)
404 "Downside Up" Nancy Kelly February 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)
405 "Los Trabajadores/The Workers" Heather Courtney March 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)
406 "Chiefs" Daniel Junge April 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
407 "Strange Fruit" Joel Katz April 8, 2003 (2003-04-08)
408 "Bird by Bird with Annie" Freida Lee Mock April 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)
409 "Sisters in Resistance" Maia Wechsler April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
410 "Heart of the Sea" Charlotte Lagarde and Lisa Denker May 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)
411 "Guns & Mothers" Thom Powers May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)
412 "Razing Appalachia" Sasha Waters May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)
413 "Hansel Mieth: Vagabond Photographer" Nancy Schiesari May 27, 2003 (2003-05-27)
414 "Daddy & Papa" Johnny Symons June 3, 2003 (2003-06-03)

Season 5 (2003-2004)[edit]

Episode 510 is a short film block titled "Man Bites Shorts".
Episode 518 "T-Shirt Travels" was first broadcast on PBS on June 1, 2002, but not as part of the Independent Lens series.[1]
* The New Americans is a seven-hour, three-part special, and therefore does not have an episode number.

# Title Directed by Original airdate
501 "Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz" Anne-Marie Russell October 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
502 "Foto-Novelas 2: Broken Sky" Carlos Avila October 21, 2003
"Foto-Novelas 2: Junkyard Saints" Carlos Avila
503 "Shaolin Ulysses: Kungfu Monks in America" Martha Burr and Mei-Juin Chen October 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
504 "A Wedding in Ramallah" Sherine Salama November 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
505 "Be Good, Smile Pretty" Tracy Droz Tragos November 11, 2003 (2003-11-11)
506 "Livermore (subject: Livermore, California)" Rachel Raney and David Murray November 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)
507 "Eroica!" Alan Miller December 9, 2003 (2003-12-09)
508 "Loaded Gun: Life, and Death, and Dickinson" Jim Wolpaw December 16, 2003 (2003-12-16)
509 "Get the Fire! Young Mormon Missionaries Abroad" Nancy du Plessis December 23, 2003 (2003-12-23)
510 "Compulsory Breathing" David Munro December 30, 2003
"Don't Nobody Love the Game More Than Me" Martha Pinson
"Sergi" Paul Sullivan
"Dilly Dally" Mark Pellington
"Tom Hits His Head" Tom Putnam
"Bike Ride" Tom Schroeder
511 "Make 'em Dance: The Hackberry Ramblers' Story" John Whitehead January 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
512 "Life Matters" Kyle Boyd January 20, 2004 (2004-01-20)
513 "Why Can't We Be a Family Again?" Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel January 27, 2004
"Downpour Resurfacing" Frances Nkara
514 "Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property" Charles Burnett February 10, 2004 (2004-02-10)
515 "A Place of Our Own" Stanley Nelson Jr. February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)
516 "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew" Matthew Buzzell February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
517 "Sentencing the Victim" Liz Oakley March 2, 2004 (2004-03-02)
518 "T-Shirt Travels" Shantha Bloemen March 23, 2004 (2004-03-23)
* "The New Americans" Episode One March 29, 2004 (2004-03-29)
* "The New Americans" Episode Two March 30, 2004 (2004-03-30)
* "The New Americans" Episode Three March 31, 2004 (2004-03-31)
519 "Every Child is Born a Poet: The Life and Work of Piri Thomas" Jonathan Robinson April 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)
520 "Love Inventory" David Fisher April 13, 2004 (2004-04-13)
521 "Ram Dass: Fierce Grace" Mickey Lemle April 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)
522 "The Weather Underground" Sam Green April 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)
523 "One Night at the Grand Star" Natasha Uppal May 4, 2004
"Double Exposure" Kit-Yin Snyder
524 "Refugee" Spencer Nakasako May 11, 2004 (2004-05-11)
525 "Death of a Shaman" Richard Hall May 27, 2004 (2004-05-27)
526 "Cosmopolitan" Nisha Ganatra June 1, 2004 (2004-06-01)
527 "Sumo East and West" Ferne Pearlstein June 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
528 "The Amasong Chorus: Singing Out" Jay Rosenstein June 15, 2004 (2004-06-15)

Season 6 (2004-2005)[edit]

Episode 608 is a short film block titled "Short, Not Sweet".

# Title Directed by Original airdate
601 "The Political Dr. Seuss" Ron Lamothe October 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)
602 "Polka Time" Lisa Blackstone November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09)
603 "Afghanistan Unveiled" Brigitte Brault November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
604 "Los Angeles Now" Phillip Rodriguez November 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)
605 "The Day My God Died" Andrew Levine November 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)
606 "Girl Wrestler" Diane Zander December 14, 2004 (2004-12-14)
607 "Fine." Michael Downing December 21, 2004
"Doki-Doki" Chris Eska
608 "The Fine Line Between Cute and Creepy" Robert D. Slane December 28, 2004
"La Puppé" Timothy Greenberg
"A Monster's Calling" Louise Johnson
"The School" Ezra Krybus and Matthew Miller
"Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner" Jamie Travis
609 "A Hard Straight" Goro Toshima January 4, 2005 (2005-01-04)
610 "A Touch of Greatness" Leslie Sullivan January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
611 "Power Trip" Paul Devlin January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
612 "February One: The Story of the Greensboro Four" February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)
613 "On a Roll" Joanne Caputo February 15, 2005 (2005-02-15)
614 "Thunder in Guyana" Suzanne Wasserman February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)
615 "Sisters of '77" Cynthia Salzman Mondell and Allen Mondell March 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)
616 "Sunset Story" Laura Gabbert March 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
617 "Let the Church Say Amen" David Petersen March 29, 2005 (2005-03-29)
620 "A Lion's Trail" François Verster April 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
619 "Keeping Time: The Life, Music and Photographs of Milt Hinton" David G. Berger, Holly Maxson and Kate Hirson April 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
621 "End of the Century: The Ramones" Michael Gramaglia and Jim Fields April 26, 2005
"Joe Strummer Rocks Again" Dick Rude
622 "The Last Letter" Frederick Wiseman May 3, 2005
"Zyklon Portrait" Elida Schogt
"The Walnut Tree"
623 "Imelda" Ramona Diaz May 10, 2005 (2005-05-10)
624 "Vietnam: The Next Generation" Sandy Northrop May 17, 2005 (2005-05-17)
625 "Red Hook Justice" Meema Spadola May 24, 2005 (2005-05-24)
626 "Double Dare" Amanda Micheli May 31, 2005
"Piki and Poko: Taking the Dare!" Mark Ewert and David Cutler
627 "Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story" Jordan Mechner June 7, 2005 (2005-06-07)
628 "Brother to Brother" Rodney Evans June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)

Season 7 (2005-2006)[edit]

Episode 710 is a short film block titled "Short Stack: Lost & Found".

# Title Directed by Original airdate
701 "Parliament-Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove" Yvonne Smith October 11, 2005 (2005-10-11)
702 "En Route to Baghdad" Simone Duarte October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18)
703 "The Last Cowboy" Jon Alpert October 25, 2005 (2005-10-25)
704 "A Family at War" Jørgen Flindt Pedersen November 8, 2005 (2005-11-08)
705 "Mirror Dance" Frances McElroy and María Teresa Rodríguez November 15, 2005 (2005-11-15)
706 "Race is the Place" Raymond Telles and Rick Tejada-Flores November 22, 2005 (2005-11-22)
707 "Maid in America" Anayansi Prado November 29, 2005 (2005-11-29)
708 "Seoul Train" Jim Butterworth, Lisa Sleeth and Aaron Lubarsky December 13, 2005 (2005-12-13)
709 "Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community" John Hanson December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
710 "Agora" Chris Newberry December 27, 2005
"John and Michael" Shira Avni
"Miracle Mile" Dong Hyeuk Hwang
"The Raftman's Razor" Keith Bearden
"Reservation Warparties" Angelique Midthunder
711 "Sheriff" Daniel Kraus January 3, 2006 (2006-01-03)
712 "Girl Trouble" Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)
713 "Almost Home" Brad Lichtenstein and Lisa Gildehaus January 31, 2006 (2006-01-31)
714 "Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power" Sandra Dickson and Churchill Roberts February 7, 2006 (2006-02-07)
715 "July '64" Chris Christopher and Carvin Eison February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14)
716 "The Loss of Nameless Things" Bill Rose February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
717 "Troop 1500" Ellen Spiro March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
718 "Taking the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City" Bann Roy March 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)
719 "Trudell" Heather Rae April 11, 2006 (2006-04-11)
720 "La Sierra" Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez April 18, 2006 (2006-04-18)
721 "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen" Chris Browne April 25, 2006 (2006-04-25)
722 "Music from the Inside Out" Daniel Anker May 2, 2006 (2006-05-02)
723 "Fishbowl" Kayo Hatta May 9, 2006
"American Made" Sharat Raju
724 "Frozen Angels" Eric Black and Frauke Sandig May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16)
725 "The Devil's Miner" Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani May 23, 2006 (2006-05-23)
726 "The Great Pink Scare" Tug Yourgrau and Dan Miller June 6, 2006 (2006-06-06)
727 "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" Taggart Siegel June 13, 2006 (2006-06-13)
728 "A Lion in the House" (Part 1) Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert June 21, 2006
729 "A Lion in the House" (Part 2) June 22, 2006

Season 8 (2006-2007)[edit]

Episode 803 "Still Life with Animated Dogs" was first broadcast on PBS on March 29, 2001, but not as part of the Independent Lens series.
Episode 809 is a short film block titled "Short Stack 2006".

# Title Directed by Original airdate
801 "The World According to Sesame Street" Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan October 24, 2006
803 "Still Life with Animated Dogs" Paul Fierlinger
802 "Muskrat Lovely" Amy Nicholson October 31, 2006 (2006-10-31)
804 "Paul Conrad: Drawing Fire" Barbara Multer-Wellin November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07)
805 "Democracy on Deadline: The Global Struggle for an Independent Press" Cal Skaggs November 21, 2006 (2006-11-21)
806 "Two Square Miles" Barbara Ettinger November 28, 2006 (2006-11-28)
807 "A Sad Flower in the Sand" Jan Louter December 12, 2006 (2006-12-12)
808 "Revolucion: Five Visions" Nicole Cattell December 19, 2006 (2006-12-19)
809 "Paris, 1951" Jasmin Gordon December 26, 2006
"Someday Flowers Bloom" Mai Heiselmann
"The Zit" Mike Blum
"My Life Disoriented" Eric Byler
810 "A Fish Story" Courtney Hayes and Tim Gallagher January 2, 2007 (2007-01-02)
811 "Shadya" Roy Westler January 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)
812 "Beyond the Call" Adrian Belic January 23, 2007 (2007-01-23)
813 "Twisted" Laurel Chiten January 30, 2007 (2007-01-30)
814 "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life" Robert Levi February 6, 2007 (2007-02-06)
815 "Motherland Afghanistan" Sedika Mojadidi February 13, 2007 (2007-02-13)
816 "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" Byron Hurt February 20, 2007 (2007-02-20)
817 "Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" Frank Popper February 27, 2007 (2007-02-27)
818 "Stolen" Rebecca Dreyfus March 20, 2007 (2007-03-20)
819 "Race to Execution" Rachel Lyon March 27, 2007 (2007-03-27)
820 "China Blue" Micha X. Peled April 3, 2007 (2007-04-03)
821 "Black Gold" Marc Francis and Nick Francis April 10, 2007 (2007-04-10)
822 "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" Alex Gibney April 24, 2007 (2007-04-24)
823 "The Cats of Mirikitani" Linda Hattendorf May 8, 2007 (2007-05-08)
824 "Sentenced Home" Nicole Newnham and David Grabias May 15, 2007 (2007-05-15)
825 "Knocking" Joel P. Engardio and Tom Shepard May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22)
826 "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" Judy Irving May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)
827 "La Lupe: Queen of Latin Soul" Ela Troyano June 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)

Season 9 (2007-2008)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate Subject
901 "Wordplay" Patrick Creadon October 16, 2007 (2007-10-16) Crossword puzzle solvers
902 "Please Vote for Me" Weijun Chen October 23, 2007 (2007-10-23) Chinese primary school election
903 "Storm of Emotions" Yael Klopmann October 30, 2007 (2007-10-30)
904 "Red White Black & Blue" Tom Putnam November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)
905 "Miss Navajo" Billy Luther November 13, 2007 (2007-11-13) Beauty pageant
906 "The Creek Runs Red" Bradley Beesley and Julianna Brannum November 20, 2007 (2007-11-20) Picher, Oklahoma
907 "Sisters in Law" Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi November 27, 2007 (2007-11-27)
908 "The Paper" Aaron Matthews December 11, 2007 (2007-12-11)
909 "An Unreasonable Man" Henriette Mantel and Steve Skrovan December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18) Ralph Nader
910 "Today's Man" Lizzie Gottlieb January 8, 2008 (2008-01-08)
911 "Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita" Maria Finitzo January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15) Stem cell research
912 "A Son's Sacrifice" Yoni Brook January 22, 2008 (2008-01-22)
913 "How Is Your Fish Today?" Xiaolu Guo January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29) Part drama, part documentary about screenwriting
915 "Banished" Marco Williams February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19) Banishment of blacks in post-Civil War America
916 "Hard Road Home" Macky Alston February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
917 "Iron Ladies of Liberia" Daniel Junge and Siatta Scott Johnson March 18, 2008 (2008-03-18) Beauty pageant
918 "Compañeras" Matthew Buzzell and Elizabeth Massie April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)
919 "Water Flowing Together" Gwendolen Cates April 8, 2008 (2008-04-08)
920 "King Corn" Aaron Woolf April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15) Industrialization of maize farming
921 "Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula" Lisette Marie Flanary May 6, 2008 (2008-05-06)
922 "A Dream in Doubt" Tami Yeager May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)
923 "New Year Baby" Socheata Poeuv May 27, 2008 (2008-05-27)
924 "Writ Writer" Susanne E. Mason June 3, 2008 (2008-06-03)
925 "The Cool School" Morgan Neville June 10, 2008 (2008-06-10)
926 "Deep Water" Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell June 15, 2008 (2008-06-15) Donald Crowhurst's attempted circumnavigation
927 "Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story" Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19) North Korean abduction of Megumi Yokota

Season 10 (2008-2009)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate Subject
1001 "Chicago 10" Brett Morgen October 22, 2008 (2008-10-22) Chicago Seven trial
1002 "Dinner With the President" Sabiha Sumar & S. Sathananthan October 28, 2008 (2008-10-28) Pervez Musharraf
1003 "Knee Deep" Michael Chandler November 6, 2008 (2008-11-06)
1004 "Lioness" Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers November 13, 2008 (2008-11-13) Women in the United States armed forces
1005 "March Point" Annie Silverstein November 18, 2008 (2008-11-18) Swinomish (tribe)
1006 "The Atom Smashers" Clayton Brown & Monica Long Ross November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25) Fermilab
1007 "Doc" Immy Humes December 9, 2008 (2008-12-09) Harold L. Humes
1008 "Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic" Jon H. Else December 16, 2008 (2008-12-16) Opera based on Trinity (nuclear test)
1009 "Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway" Albert Maysles Albert Maysles December 23, 2008 (2008-12-23) Making of Grey Gardens (musical)
1010 "Operation Filmmaker" Nina Davenport December 30, 2008 (2008-12-30) Making of Everything Is Illuminated (film)
1011 "Lakshmi and Me" Nishtha Jain March 24, 2008 (2008-03-24)
1012 "Helvetica (film)" Gary Hustwit January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06) Helvetica
1013 "Adjust Your Color: The Truth of Petey Greene" Loren Mendell February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)
1014 "Tulia, Texas" Cassandra Herrman & Kelly Whalen February 10, 2009 (2009-02-10)
1015 "Order of Myths" Margaret Brown February 24, 2009 (2009-02-24) Mobile, Alabama's Carnival celebration
1016 "Arusi Persian Wedding" Marjan Tehrani March 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)
1017 "Recycle" Mahmoud al Massad March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)
1018 "Milking the Rhino" David E. Simpson April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
1019 "Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai" Alan Dater and Lisa Merton April 14, 2009 (2009-04-14) Wangari Maathai
1020 "Steal a Pencil for Me" Michèle Ohayon May 26, 2009 (2009-05-26)
1021 "At Home in Utopia" Michal Goldman April 28, 2009 (2009-04-28)
1012 "Wings of Defeat" Risa Morimoto May 5, 2009 (2009-05-05)
1023 "Crips and Bloods: Made in America" Stacy Peralta May 12, 2009 (2009-05-12)
1024 "Stranded: The Andes Plane Crash Survivors" Gonzalo Arijón May 19, 2009 (2009-05-19)
1025 "Ask Not" Johnny Symons June 19, 2009 (2009-06-19) Don't ask, don't tell

Season 11 (2009-2010)[edit]

# Title Directed by Original airdate Subject
1101 "Herb & Dorothy" Megumi Sasaki October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)
1102 "Butte, Montana" Pamela Roberts October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20) Butte, Montana
1103 "Journals of a Wily School" Sudeshna Bose October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)
1104 "Power Paths" Bo Boudart November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
1105 "D Tour" Jim Granato November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)
1106 "No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos" James Chressanthis November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
1107 "Objectified" Gary Hustwit November 24, 2009 (2009-11-24)
1108 "Between the Folds" Vanessa Gould December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08) Origami
1109 "Scenes from a Parish" James Rutenbeck December 29, 2009 (2009-12-29) Lawrence, Massachusetts
1110 "Young@Heart" Stephen Walker January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) Young@Heart
1111 "Copyright Criminals" January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19)
1112 "P-Star Rising" Gabriel Noble February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09) P-Star
1113 "Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness" Llewellyn Smith February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02)
1114 "Mine" Geralyn Pezanoski February 16, 2010 (2010-02-16)
1115 "Behind the Rainbow" Jihan El Tahri February 23, 2010 (2010-02-23)
1116 "The Eyes of Me" Keith Maitland March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02)
1117 "Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas)" Monika Navarro March 23, 2010 (2010-03-23)
1118 "Whatever It Takes" Christopher Wong March 30, 2010 (2010-03-30)
1119 "Unmistaken Child" Nati Baratz April 7, 2010 (2010-04-07)
1120 "Blessed Is the Match" Roberta Grossman April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)
1121 "Dirt! The Movie" Bill Benenson and Eugene Rosow April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)
1122 "Garbage Dreams" Mai Iskander April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27) Zabbaleen
1123 "Sunshine" Karen Skloss May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
1124 "The Horse Boy" Michel Scott May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)
1125 "Project Kashmir" Senain Kheshgi and Geeta V. Patel May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18)
1126 "A Village Called Versailles" Leo Chiang May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
1127 "Goodbye Solo" Ramin Bahrani June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)

Season 12 (2010-2011)[edit]

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1201 "The Parking Lot Movie" Meghan Eckman October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19) Parking lot workers
1202 "Art & Copy" Doug Pray October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26) Advertising
1203 "Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian" Neil Diamond November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02) Portrayal of Native Americans in Film
1204 "The Longoria Affair" John J. Valadez November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09) Felix Z. Longoria, Jr.
1205 "Lost Sparrow" Chris Billing November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16) Child abuse
1206 "Deep Down" Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen November 23, 2010 (2010-11-23) Mountaintop removal mining
1207 "45365" Bill Ross and Turner Ross December 14, 2010 (2010-12-14) Sidney, Ohio
1208 "The Calling: Part 1" Danny Alpert December 20, 2010 (2010-12-20) Religion in the United States
1209 "The Calling: Part 2" Danny Alpert December 21, 2010 (2010-12-21) Religion in the United States
1210 "Men Who Swim" Dylan Williams January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04) Synchronized swimming
1211 "Children of Haiti" Alexandria Hammond January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11) Orphans in Haiti
1212 "For Once in My Life" Jim Bigham and Mark Moormann February 1, 2011 (2011-02-01) Spirit of Goodwill Band and Disability
1213 "When I Rise" Mat Hames February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08) Barbara Smith Conrad and Desegregation
1214 "William S. Burroughs: A Man Within" Yony Leyser February 22, 2011 (2011-02-22) William S. Burroughs
1215 "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story" Daniel Birman March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01) Juvenile delinquency
1216 "Pushing the Elephant" Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29) Congolese American Rose Mapendo
1217 "The Desert of Forbidden Art" Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev April 5, 2011 (2011-04-05) Igor Savitsky
1218 "Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child" Tamra Davis April 12, 2011 (2011-04-12) Jean-Michel Basquiat
1219 "Waste Land (film)" Lucy Walker April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19) Vik Muniz land fill recycling "pickers"
1220 "Marwencol" Jeff Malmberg April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) Mark Hogancamp / Outsider art
1221 "A Film Unfinished" Yael Hersonski May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03) History of a Nazi propaganda film on the Warsaw Ghetto
1222 "Bhutto" Duane Baughman and Johnny O'Hara May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10) Benazir Bhutto
1223 "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo" Jessica Oreck May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17) Insect aficionados in Japan
1224 "Welcome to Shelbyville" Kim A. Snyder May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24) Immigration to the United States
1225 "Two Spirits" Lydia Nibley June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14) Two-Spirit people

Season 13 (2011-2012)[edit]

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1301 "Wham! Bam! Islam!" Isaac Solotaroff October 13, 2011 (2011-10-13) The 99
1302 "Donor Unknown" Jerry Rothwell October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20) Donor conceived person
1303 "Lives Worth Living" Eric Neudel October 27, 2011 (2011-10-27) Disability rights movement
1304 "Deaf Jam" Judy Lieff November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03) Deaf Poetry slam
1305 "We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân" Anne Makepeace November 17, 2011 (2011-11-17) Saving the language of the Wampanoag people
1306 "The Woodmans" C. Scott Willis December 22, 2011 (2011-12-22) Francesca Woodman
1307 "These Amazing Shadows" Paul Mariano and Kurt Norton December 29, 2011 (2011-12-29) National Film Registry
1308 "Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 1: The Road to Resistance" Connie Field January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) South Africa under apartheid
1309 "Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 2: The New Generation" Connie Field January 12, 2012 (2012-01-12) South Africa under apartheid
1310 "Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 3: From Selma to Soweto" Connie Field January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19) South Africa under apartheid
1311 "Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 4: The Bottom Line" Connie Field January 19, 2012 (2012-01-19) South Africa under apartheid
1312 "Have You Heard From Johannesburg? - Episode 5: Free at Last" Connie Field January 26, 2012 (2012-01-26) South Africa under apartheid
1313 "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock" Sharon La Cruise February 2, 2012 (2012-02-02) Daisy Bates (civil rights activist)
1314 "Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975" Goran Hugo Olsson February 9, 2012 (2012-02-09) Black Power movement
1315 "More Than a Month" Shukree Hassan Tilghman February 16, 2012 (2012-02-16) Black History Month
1316 "You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't" Scott Kirschenbaum March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29) Living with Alzheimer's disease
1317 "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" Constance Marks April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05) Kevin Clash and Elmo
1318 "When the Drum is Beating" Whitney Dow April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12) Septentrional and the Music of Haiti
1319 "Revenge of the Electric Car" Chris Paine April 19, 2012 (2012-04-19) The re-emergence of the Electric car
1320 "Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison" Doug Hawes-Davis April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) American bison
1321 "Circo" Aaron Schock May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03) Mexican Circus family
1322 "Summer Pasture" Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Tsering Perlo May 10, 2012 (2012-05-10) Nomads in Eastern Tibet
1323 "Precious Knowledge" Ari Luis Palos May 17, 2012 (2012-05-17) Controversy over Ethnic studies in Arizona
1325 "Left by the Ship" Emma Rossi Landi & Alberto Vendemmiati May 24, 2012 (2012-05-24) Amerasian children in the Philippines
1324 "Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28) Sgt. Nathan Harris, veteran of the War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
1326 "We Were Here" David Weissman June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14) The AIDS crisis in San Francisco
1327 "Strong!" Julie Wyman July 26, 2012 (2012-07-26) Former U.S. Olympic weightlifting team member Cheryl Haworth

Season 14 (2012-2013)[edit]

"Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" was a special co-presentation between Independent Lens and Show of Force.
Episode 1410 is co-presentation with the PBS series Frontline (U.S. TV series).

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
-- "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" Maro Chermayeff, Jamie Gordon, & Mikaela Beardsley October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01) Half the Sky movement and Women's rights
1401 "As Goes Janesville" Brad Lichtenstein October 8, 2012 (2012-10-08) Controversy over 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 and effects of 2008–2012 global recession in Janesville, Wisconsin
1402 "Love Free or Die" Macky Alston October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29) Gene Robinson and Homosexuality and Anglicanism
1403 "Solar Mamas" Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05) Barefoot College and Women's rights
1404 "Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream" Alex Gibney November 12, 2012 (2012-11-12) Wealth inequality in the United States
1405 "Soul Food Junkies" Byron Hurt January 14, 2013 (2013-01-14) Soul food and Obesity in the United States
1406 "Beauty is Embarrassing" Neil Berkeley January 21, 2013 (2013-01-21) Wayne White (artist)
1407 "The Revisionaries" Scott Thurman January 28, 2013 (2013-01-28) Texas Education Agency and Intelligent design in politics
1408 "The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights" Bonnie Boswell, Christine Khalafian, and Taylor Hamilton February 18, 2013 (2013-02-18) Whitney Young
1409 "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" Alison Klayman February 25, 2013 (2013-02-25) Ai Weiwei
1410 "Kind Hearted Woman" David R. Sutherland April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01) Domestic violence in Oglala Lakota community.
1411 "The House I Live In (2012 film)" Eugene Jarecki April 8, 2013 (2013-04-08) America's War on Drugs
1412 "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" Kristy Guevara-Flanagan April 15, 2013 (2013-04-15) History of Wonder Woman and other female super heroes.
1413 "The Island President" Jon Shenk April 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) Mohamed Nasheed and Climate change
1414 "The Undocumented" Marco Williams April 29, 2013 (2013-04-29) Illegal immigration to the United States
1415 "Seeking Asian Female" Debbie Lum May 6, 2013 (2013-05-06) Asian fetish and Mail-order bride
1416 "The Invisible War" Kirby Dick May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13) Sexual assault in the United States military
1417 "Detropia" Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady May 27, 2013 (2013-05-27) Detroit and Urban decay
1418 "The Revolutionary Optimists" Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen June 17, 2013 (2013-06-17) Children working to alleviate effects of Poverty in India

Season 15 (2013-2014)[edit]

# Title Directed by Airdate Subject
1501 "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" Ramona S. Diaz September 30, 2013 (2013-09-30) How Arnel Pineda became lead singer of Journey_(band)
1502 "The Waiting Room" Pete Nicks October 21, 2013 (2013-10-21) Health care in the United States and Highland Hospital (Oakland, California)
1503 "The Graduates/Los Graduados" Bernardo Ruiz October 28, 2013 (2013-10-28) Latinos and high school
1504 "Indian Relay" Charles Dye November 18, 2013 (2013-11-18) Native Americans in the United States and horse racing
1505 "Young Lakota" Marion Lipschutz and Rose Rosenblatt November 25, 2013 (2013-11-25) Cecilia Fire Thunder and controversy over Planned Parenthood on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
1506 "Playwright: From Page to Stage" Robert Levi December 16, 2013 (2013-12-16) Playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney and Rajiv Joseph
1507 "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" David Gelb December 23, 2013 (2013-12-23) Sushi master chef Sukiyabashi Jiro
1508 "How to Survive a Plague" David France (writer) December 30, 2013 (2013-12-30) AIDS epidemic and grassroots activists ACT UP and TAG
1509 "At Berkeley" Frederick Wiseman January 13, 2014 (2014-01-13) University of California, Berkeley
1510 "Blood Brother" Steve Hoover January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) AIDS_orphans in India.
1511 "The State of Arizona" Carlos Sandoval and Catherine Tambini January 27, 2014 (2014-01-27) Arizona_SB_1070 and the debate over immigration in Arizona
1512 "Spies of Mississippi" Dawn Porter February 10, 2014 (2014-02-10) Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission and Civil rights movement
1513 "Las Marthas" Cristina Ibarra February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) The Laredo, Texas Society of Martha Washington Debutante ball
1514 "All of Me" Alexandra Lescaze March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) Women who met via National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
1515 "Medora_(film)" Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) High school basketball team in Medora, Indiana
1516 "Brothers Hypnotic" Reuben Atlas April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Phil Cohran
1517 "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" Bill Siegel April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) Muhammad Ali’s refusal to serve in Vietnam War and subsequent ban from boxing
1518 "Muscle Shoals" Greg Camalier April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) The famous Muscle Shoals, Alabama music studios FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio
1519 "A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at The New York Times" Samantha Grant May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05) Jayson Blair, The New York Times, and plagiarism
1520 "Let the Fire Burn (film)" Jason Osder May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12) 1985 standoff between MOVE and Philadelphia Police Department
1521 "God Loves Uganda" Roger Ross Williams May 19, 2014 (2014-05-19) International House of Prayer's efforts to spread Christianity and promote Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill
1522 "The New Black" Yoruba Richen June 16, 2014 (2014-06-16) African American divide on Same-sex marriage in Maryland and Maryland Question 6

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "ITVS: press release - T-Shirt Travels". Archived from the original on 2002-04-17. 

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