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Exclusive: ‘Independent Lens’ maps Spring 2018 lineup

American pubcaster PBS’s long-running documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ has unveiled its March-May programming lineup with No Man’s Land, Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky and Dolores spotlighting its Spring 2018 ...
January 18, 2018

American pubcaster PBS’s long-running documentary strand ‘Independent Lens’ has unveiled its March-May programming lineup with No Man’s Land, Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky and Dolores spotlighting its Spring 2018 season.

The award-winning doc strand returns on March 27 with the premiere of Peter Bratt’s highly acclaimed film Dolores (pictured), which profiles American activist Dolores Huerta, who led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez. The film world premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Among the nine films slated to premiere this spring season are Laura Dunn and Jef Sewell’s Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky, which debuted at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival and provides a cinematic portrait of farmer and writer Wendell Berry; David Byars’ No Man’s Land, about the 40-day occupation in 2016 of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon; and Cullen Hoback’s ecological thriller What Lies Upstream, an investigation into the 2014 chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinkable water.

Other festival favorites set to broadcast on the small screen this spring include Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard’s ACORN and The Firestorm, about the controversial sting operation against the community organizing group ACORN; and Lysa Heslov’s Served Like a Girl, which follows female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life to compete for the crown of Ms. Veteran America.

I say it every year, but this may be our best season yet with an extraordinary slate of films we funded, co-produced and in some cases acquired,” ‘Independent Lens’ executive producer Lois Vossen tells realscreen. “Some of these films will be talked about 20, 30, 40 years from now and collectively, they play an important role in today’s social and political climate.”

‘Independent Lens,’ which is programmed by the Independent Television Service, airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated) on PBS. All films are available for free online streaming the day after broadcast. A selection of popular and award-winning films from previous seasons will also be available to stream in the weeks leading up to the new season launch.

The broadcast schedule for March-May 2018 follows:

Dolores by Peter Bratt (Tuesday, March 27, 9 – 11 p.m. ET)

When God Sleeps by Till Schauder and Sara Nodjoumi (Monday, April 2, 10 – 11:30 p.m. ET)

The Art of the Shine by Stacey Tenenbaum (Monday, April 9, 10 – 11 p.m. ET)

What Lies Upstream by Cullen Hoback (Monday, April 16, 10 – 11:30 p.m. ET)

Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky by Laura Dunn (Monday, April 23, 10 – 11 p.m. ET)

No Man’s Land by David Byars (Monday, May 7, 10 – 11:30 p.m ET)

ACORN and the Firestorm by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard (Monday, May 14, 10 – 11:30 p.m. ET)

True Conviction by Jamie Meltzer (Monday, May 21, 10 – 11:30 p.m. ET)

Served Like a Girl by Lysa Heslov (Monday, May 28, 10 – 11:30 p.m. ET)

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