WNET Up Next: Lois Vossen – “Independent Lens”

June 17, 2016

This episode features a conversation with Lois Vossen, the Executive Producer of the documentary series  Independent Lens.  In the interview, recorded  with Tom Stewart on May 20th, 2016, Lois explains the goals and mission of the series, its parent organization ITVS, and its special position in the world of public media.  Independent Lens is dedicated to presenting the voices of diverse and truly independent filmmakers with the goal of sparking conversation and promoting democracy.  Celebrating the conclusion of its fourteen season on the air, and the  twenty-fifth anniversary of ITVS, the award winning series is noted for its focus on social issues.

Among this season’s highlights have been  Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers:  Vanguard of the Revolution”  as well as two film perspectives on the gun culture, Abigail Disney’s “The Armor of Light” and Scott Christopherson & Brad Barber’s “Peace Officer”.    Lois also reveals a bit about next season which will include films on the Sandy Hook tragedy and the University of Texas shootings of 1966.

On August 2nd, a few days prior to the Olympic Summer Games, Independent Lens will present Dave Cooper & Zachery Canepari’s “T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold”, the story of Claressa Shields,  who became the world’s first Olympic women’s boxing gold medal winner in 2012, who will again be seeking gold this year in Rio.

She also reveals the surprising parallels between filmmakers and farmers!

WNET Up Next is a presentation of the Design and On Air Promotion Department of WNET – New York Public Media.