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Independent Lens Under the Microscope (3/3): Which Indie Docs Are Sharing $2.5 Mill for 2012 Season?

We continue our in depth coverage of the Single Doc Economy…

Where can independent doc creators go:

  • For a shot at nearly $2.5 million in funding?
  • And for a highly-promoted U.S. slot that averages 1.2 million weekly viewers?

Independent Lens is one of the first stops.

We continue our in depth coverage of Independent Lens with a look at the successful projects for 2012.

First, read:

Independent Lens (1/3: Nearly $2.5 Million for Indie Docs. How Many? How to Get It?

  • The pipeline
  • Spending
  • Budgets
  • License fees, and much more

Independent Lens (2/3): The Filters. Who Decides? Acquisition Process.

  • Curatorial vision
  • The critical Timeline for submissions
  • The decision-making process
  • Deliverables, and more

2012 Lineup

The 2012 lineup follows. (Check local PBS station listings.)

February 2, 2012 – “Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
Produced and directed by Sharon LaCruise

February 9, 2012 – “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson

February 16, 2012 – “More Than A Month
Produced and Directed by Shukree Hassan Tilghman

March 29, 2012 – “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t
Produced and directed by Scott Kirschenbaum

April 5, 2012 – “Being Elmo
Produced and directed by Constance Marks

April 12, 2012 – “When the Drum is Beating
Produced and directed by Whitney Dow

April 19, 2012 – “Revenge of the Electric Car
Directed by Chris Paine

April 26, 2012 – “Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison
Producer and directed by Doug Hawes-Davis

May 3, 2012 – “Circo
Produced by directed by Aaron Schock

May 10, 2012 – “Summer Pasture
A film by Lynn True, Nelson Walker III, and Tsering Perlo

May 17, 2012 – “Precious Knowledge
Directed by Ari Palos

May 24, 2012 – “Hell and Back Again
Directed by Danfung Dennis

May 31, 2012 – “Left by the Ship
Produced and Directed by Emma Rossi Landi and Alberto Vendemmiati

June 7, 2012 – “We Were Here
Directed by David Weissman

July 2012 (date TBA) – “Strong!
Produced and directed by Julie Wyman

For more information about “Independent Lens,” visit


We covered the other great PBS strand POV in comparable depth:

The State of the Single Doc Economy



History Makers International
The History Explosion: New Channels & New Audiences

The first official session of History Makers International presents the significant new opportunities for History program makers worldwide.

Piero A. Corsini, Series Producer, Rai Educational
Peter Gaffney, Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy, Scheduling and Acquisitions, History & H2
Dirk Hoogstra, Senior Vice President, Development and Programming, History & H2
Peter Hamilton,