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PBS doc strand ‘Independent Lens’ unveils fall season

PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ is returning for a new season with Beth Aala’s previously announced film Made in Boise, premiering Oct. 28. The American pubcaster’s documentary strand, which first aired in 1999, released its ...
August 29, 2019

PBS documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ is returning for a new season with Beth Aala’s previously announced film Made in Boise, premiering Oct. 28.

The American pubcaster’s documentary strand, which first aired in 1999, released its fall season today (Aug. 29).

Made in Boise (pictured), explores the complexity of gestational therapy through the lens of four women carrying babies for gay men and infertile couples in Boise, Idaho, the unofficial “surrogacy capital” of the U.S.

Titles to follow include: Decade of Fire by Vivian Vázquez Irizarry, Gretchen Hildebran and Julia Steele Allen, which travels back to the 1970s when the South Bronx was burning (Nov. 4); The Interpreters by Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan, a look at the Afghan and Iraqi interpreters who risked their lives aiding American troops and now struggle to find safety (Nov. 11); Conscience Point by Treva Wurmfeld, about the clash of values between the Native American Shinnecock of Long Island and their affluent Hamptons neighbors; and Attla by Catharine Axley, the story of Alaska Native dogsled champion George Attla, who with one good leg and fierce determination rose to international fame.

“At ‘Independent Lens’we think a lot about neighborhoods. It begins with our filmmakers, telling stories about their hometowns and from inside communities across the country,” said Lois Vossen, ‘Independent Lens’ executive producer, in a statement. “They take time to go deeper to make thought-provoking documentaries about the issues that divide us and the ideals and beliefs that bind us together.”

The series’ soon-to-be announced slate for winter and spring 2020 includes: Always in Season, a look at the history of lynching; Bedlam, a psychiatrist’s chronicle of what mental illness means in the U.S. today; and Rewind, an autobiographical documentary about the far-reaching consequences of multi-generational child sexual abuse.

Additional winter and spring titles and broadcast dates will be announced in late fall.

A few selections for Indie Lens Pop-up, a national public screening event series, were also released: Decade of Fire, Always in Season and Eating Up Easter, from director Sergio Rapu. Additional titles are expected to be announced.

Watch a promo for the 2019-2020 season below:

Photo Courtesy Crystal Kulack

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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