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.
Independent Lens: Chasing Trane - The John Coltrane Documentary
Set against the social, political and cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man and an artist. The film is the definitive look at the boundary-shattering musician whose influence continues to this day.
Independent Lens: Shadow World
Based on "The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade," Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives. The film exposes how a defense industry that is supposed to enhance security instead gives us the opposite: a more dangerous world.
Independent Lens: Supergirl
Naomi Kutin seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish preteen, until her talent of breaking world powerlifting records turns her into an international phenomenon and transforms her family. Follow Naomi as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence. Can she still be “Supergirl” if she can no longer break world records?
Independent Lens: The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin
Examining the life and work of Armistead Maupin, one of the world's most beloved storytellers, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer whose novels have inspired millions to claim their own truth. Untold Tales is told in playful and poignant fashion, reflective of the author himself.
Independent Lens: Unrest
Filmmaker Jennifer Brea was a Harvard PhD student when she was struck down by a mysterious fever that left her bedridden. Eventually diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, she and her new husband, Omar, were left to grapple with how to shape a future together in the face of a lifelong illness. At its very core, Unrest is a love story.
Independent Lens: I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words. The documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter, challenging the very definition of what America stands for.
Independent Lens: The Force
At a powder keg moment in American policing, The Force presents a fly-on-the-wall look deep inside the long-troubled Oakland Police Department as it struggles to confront federal demands for reform, a popular uprising following events in Ferguson, Missouri, and an explosive sex scandal.
Independent Lens: I Am Another You
Meet Dylan, a drifter who has left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness and unfettered adventure. Fascinated by his choice and rejection, filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows Dylan in a portrait of an American quest for freedom that unfolds as a haunting and unforgettable story of family, illness, and love.