Season 14 - W/S (2016-2017)
About This Series
The award-winning documentary showcase Independent Lens launches a new season with the real-life cross-cultural romantic comedy Meet the Patels. Other films explore tragic incidents of gun violence that shook the nation (Newtown, TOWER); offer a fresh look into the notorious 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese (The Witness); examine race and identity — both cultural and personal (Accidental Courtesy, Best and Most Beautiful Things, Birth of a Movement); showcase Native Americans seeking to reclaim lost tribal artifacts (What Was Ours); and present the story of a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice (Real Boy).
Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series featuring documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. Presented by Independent Television Service.
Independent Lens: Meet the Patels
A real-life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an Indian American actor/comedian who enters into a love triangle between the woman of his dreams — and his parents. In what started as a family video, this warmly humorous film filled with unique animation and a soulful soundtrack reveals how, for a Patel, love is truly a family affair.
Independent Lens: Containment
How can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge. Containment explores our attempts to plan for our radioactive future and reveals the startling failure to manage waste in the present, epitomized by the Fukushima disaster.
Independent Lens: What Was Ours
For the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, new contact with lost artifacts risks opening old wounds but also offer the possibility for healing. A journalist, powwow princess and elder search for missing artifacts in the archives of a museum and discover ancestral objects, setting them on a journey to recover what has been lost.
Independent Lens: The Witness
In March 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Kew Gardens, Queens. The Witness follows the efforts of Kitty’s brother as he launches his own investigation into his sister’s life and death. In the process, he makes startling discoveries about the crime that transformed his life, condemned a city and defined an era.
Independent Lens: Birth of a Movement
In 1915, African American newspaper editor and activist William M. Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith’s notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.
Independent Lens: Accidental Courtesy
Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. He also has an unusual and controversial hobby. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the KKK, many of whom have never met a black person. When some of these same people decide to leave the Klan, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods.
Independent Lens: TOWER
On August 1, 1966, a sniper rode the elevator to the top floor of the University of Texas Tower and opened fire, holding the campus hostage. When the gunshots were finally silenced, the toll included 16 dead, three dozen wounded, and a shaken nation left trying to understand. TOWER is the gripping story of America's first mass school shooting.
Independent Lens: The Bad Kids
Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative school for at-risk students. Every student there has fallen so far behind - this is their last chance. But Principal Vonda Viland and the teachers are on a mission: to realize the potential of students who were deemed lost causes by the system.
Independent Lens: Ovarian Psycos
The Ovarian Psycos are a new generation of fierce, unapologetic and feminist women of color who confront injustice, build community, and redefine identity. The film traces how the “Ovas” emerged from the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles, a community situated within the historic legacy of the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement.