Season 2017-2018

About This Series


The award-winning series Independent Lens opens its new season with Chasing Trane, John Scheinfeld’s portrait of jazz great John Coltrane, featuring Denzel Washington speaking the words of Coltrane. Other highlights of the Fall 2017-Winter 2018 lineup include Raoul Peck’s Academy Award-nominated I Am Not Your Negro; Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges & Universities, the latest film from Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams; Jennifer M. Kroot’s The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin, a fascinating look at the life and times of the groundbreaking creator of “Tales of the City”; Peter Nicks’ The Force, an inside look at Oakland’s troubled police department; and Peter Bratt’s Dolores, a moving portrait of pioneering labor and women’s rights activist Dolores Huerta.

Independent Lens is a weekly series featuring documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service.