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"Independent Lens" Announces Winter/Spring 2012 Season

Lineup Includes Award Winners "We Were Here," "Hell and Back Again," "Being Elmo," and More (January 17, 2012)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/17/12 -- The Emmy® Award-winning PBS series "Independent Lens," hosted by Mary Louise Parker, announced its winter/spring 2012 schedule today. "Our upcoming winter/spring season features a robust slate of some of the most engaging and award-winning documentaries ever on 'Independent Lens,'" says senior series producer Lois Vossen. "It's a perfect mix of unique characters, critical issues, and important stories that demonstrate the extraordinary range and power of independent documentary filmmakers. We can't wait to share them with millions of viewers across the country."

The winter/spring season includes recent IDA Award winners, Independent Spirit Award nominees, a duPont Award winner, and two films on the so-called "short-list" for Academy Award® nominations: "Hell and Back Again," one of the most powerful documentaries ever made about war, and "We Were Here," a heartfelt, heartbreaking look at the early days of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco.

Also on the slate is "The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975," an explosive look inside the black power movement with never-before-seen interviews with its leaders filmed at the peak of their power, and "Revenge of the Electric Car," which gives us hope that sustainable transportation is possible. Other films look at the impact of ethnic studies on Latino students, bring to life an unsung civil rights leader named Daisy Bates, and challenge the concept of Black History Month as outdated. And fans of a furry red puppet will meet its charismatic creator, Kevin Clash, in the delightful "Being Elmo."

"With every program we present, and with each new season we curate, 'Independent Lens' strives to be the leader in public television's efforts to showcase diverse programming that is relevant to all our American communities," said Vossen. "Public television is an important part of our national public square, and 'Independent Lens' is committed to bringing these unique stories and the conversations they inspire to public television."

The lineup follows; check local listings for all dates and times.

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

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