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PBS, ‘Independent Lens’ launch Stories for Justice programming initiative

ITVS-produced PBS strand ‘Independent Lens’ is set to roll out 20+ documentary films and docuseries — including the Sundance-premiering Philly D.A. – through the new Stories for Justice public media ...
February 8, 2021

ITVS-produced PBS strand ‘Independent Lens’ is set to roll out 20+ documentary films and docuseries — including the Sundance-premiering Philly D.A. – through the new Stories for Justice public media partnership.

The partnership, ITVS stated, grew out of a groundswell of interest in criminal justice issues among storytellers, audiences, local stations and communities across the U.S.

It is anchored by multiple docuseries, beginning in April with the ITVS and PBS coproduction Philly D.A. (pictured), recently acquired by Dogwoof out of Sundance.

The eight-part series goes behind the scenes in Philadelphia where district attorney Larry Krasner and his staff try to rewire the system against a backdrop of police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, mass incarceration, and a racial reckoning.

A second untitled docuseries, tentatively scheduled for 2022, will fan out through the city of Dallas and the interconnected lives of a community affected at every level of the local justice system.

The multi-year effort will also see ‘Independent Lens’ present Stories for Justice films such as Women in Blue, directed by Deidre Fishel; Down a Dark Stairwell, directed by Ursula Liang; and short docs that explore other issues and communities.

“PBS is proud to partner with ‘Independent Lens’ to air Stories for Justice, a programming initiative that shines an important light on criminal justice reform and the inequalities that exist,” Sylvia Bugg, PBS chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming, said in a statement. “At PBS, we believe in programming that inspires and educates — and Stories for Justice is at the intersection of that, while elevating civic dialogue in communities across theĀ  country.”

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