Press Releases

  1. Jared Leto’s A Day in the Life of America to Make Public Television Debut on PBS’s Independent Lens in January 2021

    December 9, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) December 9, 2020—Shot over the course of a single day—July 4—across all 50 states in America, plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, A Day in the Life of America is a powerful new documentary that captures an unflinching portrait of a nation in a time of tumult. Directed by Oscar-winning actor and accomplished musician Jared Leto, the

  2. Feminism and Football Collide in A Woman's Work: The NFL's Cheerleader Problem, Premiering on PBS's Independent Lens January 4, 2021

    November 30, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) November 24, 2020–Directed by award-winning filmmaker Yu Gu, A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem sheds light on the continued fight to end the gender pay gap prevalent throughout the National Football League. For over 50 years, the NFL has employed cheerleaders—women who are lifelong athletes expected to both maintain a

  3. New Study Shows Valuable Role of Documentaries in Shaping the National Conversation on Racial Violence

    October 12, 2020

    WASHINGTON DC (October 12, 2020) — The Center for Media & Social Impact today released a study showing that in a time of escalating media distrust and expanding news deserts, Americans view documentary storytelling as a trustworthy information source and a driver of civic dialogue on social challenges such as racial violence.  Conducted in early

  4. Independent Lens premieres Human Rights Watch Film Festival Favorite Belly of the Beast November 23, 2020 on PBS and PBS Video App

    September 30, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA), Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – Nearly forty years after being banned, a pattern of illegal sterilizations in America’s women’s prisons has continued undetected, shielded by prison officials and doctors inside the correctional system. From Emmy and Peabody Award-winning director and producer Erika Cohn, Belly of the

  5. ITVS Co-Productions Honored With Three News and Documentary Emmy Awards Including Best Documentary

    September 23, 2020

    (San Francisco, CA) Wednesday, September 23, 2020 — ITVS announced today that two ITVS co-production films were honored with a total of three News and Documentary Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS). Awarded projects include Midnight Traveler for Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary and The Silence of