ZOOM IN! Independent Lens, Uncommon TV

January 29, 2003


INDEPENDENT LENS zooms in on ordinary and not-so-ordinary heroes: from a surfer activist fighting breast cancer to former World War II spies, coal miners to gay fathers to Native American basketball champs. Hosted by Angela Bassett, INDEPENDENT LENS represents the best work of fiercely independent filmmakers finding untold stories in unexpected places.

The INDEPENDENT LENS website, http://www.pbs.org/independentlens provides users with a place to learn more about the series, individual program content and serves as a valuable resource for independent filmmakers and film lovers. It includes special features such as the Audience Award, Indie Film resource center, filmmaker Q&A’s and exciting interactive components.

INDEPENDENT LENS kicks off the season with MAGGIE GROWLS and its companion website, http://www.pbs.org/maggiegrowls.

Learn more about senior activist and Gray Panther founder, Maggie Kuhn, who started a movement that forever changed the treatment of America’s senior citizens. Send an inspirational animated postcard to a friend and share your thoughts on the film.

INDEPENDENT LENS Web site highlights include:

Program Guide

Indie Film Resources

Make this your new home for indie film! You’ll find resources for

film fans as well as seasoned and aspiring filmmakers. Books,

articles and links to independent film/filmmaking sites and an

extensive film glossary are included in this section.

Interactive Features

Select shows will have unique interactive components. Send an animated postcard to a friend! Write and perform your own original song-poem on a custom-built karaoke machine! Explore interactive historical timelines.

Audience Award

Weigh in on the films you find inspiring, moving, informative or entertaining. Let the voting begin! At the end of the 14-week season, the highest rated film will be honored with much acclaim, streaming video clips and more!

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Filmmaker Q & A’s

What is the most inspirational food for making independent film? What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers? Find out the answers to these behind-the-scenes questions from the filmmakers themselves.

The Films

Each individual IL companion site has the following areas: synopsis, film clip(s), filmmaker Q&A, filmmaker bios, cast and crew credits, talkback, resources, broadcast search and distributor information. Select shows will have special features including interactive games, timelines, updates on characters, facilitator guides and/or teachers’ lesson plans.

Contact: Jodi Epstein

ITVS 415-356-8383 x225