Impact

Connecting our films to communities. Inspiring audiences to take action.

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INDEPENDENT LENS RELEASES STORIES FOR JUSTICE IMPACT REPORT

Audience data shows documentaries increased understanding about the inequities in the U.S. justice system

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Belly of the Beast’s Impactful Engagement Strategy

Documentary film aims to end sterilizations in women’s prisons and to get reparations for survivors

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STORIES FOR JUSTICE

A public media partnership born out of a growing groundswell of interest in criminal justice issues

Catalyzed and strengthened community networks in 85 U.S. cities via Indie Lens Pop-Up.

For Viewers

Airing weekly on PBS, this Emmy Award-winning series is television’s leading showcase of independent documentaries, and brings vital conversations directly to communities on-the-ground and online via the programs below.

Indie Lens Pop-Up

Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, this neighborhood series brings people together for film screenings and locally-driven conversations. Online and in over 90 cities across the U.S.

OVEE

Connecting you to new and targeted communities, this digital platform lets you screen your film and lead a conversation, engage with panelists, and answer poll questions from any desktop or mobile device. Over 200,000 attendees and counting.

DocSCALE

A participatory feedback platform developed by ITVS, DocSCALE, will help gather insights from audiences in their own words, engaging communities while surfacing data that documents the evolution of understanding, dialogue, and civic decision-making at the local level.

For Educators

Get free access to innovative, standards-aligned digital resources and streaming content based on our award-winning documentaries.

From our blog

  1. ITVS Announces CEO Departure of Sally Jo Fifer

    January 12, 2023

    ITVS announced today that it will launch a search for its next chief executive officer to succeed Sally Jo Fifer. She will remain in her role until the board hires and onboards a new President and CEO.“What a gift it has been these past 22 years to serve film artists who engage and transform our hearts and minds — make us more empathetic, more just, more wise,”

  2. ITVS & FWD-Doc Working to Improve Disability Representation On and Off Screen

    December 8, 2022

    ITVS and FWD-Doc collaborated on the analysis of data on disability representation in documentary films. Both organizations are addressing structural inequities, and through separate projects and collective efforts, change is afoot. Read more in this new joint report.

  3. We Remember Julia Reichert

    December 2, 2022

    By ITVS StaffIt is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we write of the passing of documentary filmmaker extraordinaire Julia Reichert, after a lengthy journey with cancer.  Julia was so much a part of the documentary landscape for decades that it would be difficult to properly summarize all of her important contributions to film. She was a member of the