Monday, March 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Chicago Cultural Center - GAR Hall and Rotunda
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

The Indie Caucus, along with WTTW, WNET, PBS, POV, Independent Lens, and ITVS, will be in Chicago for the third and final stop in the National Listening Tour for Independent Films on PBS.

Hosted by
Kartemquin Films,
371 Productions,
Chicago Film Office, and
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Make your voice heard on the last stop of the PBS Listening Tour in Chicago. This is your chance to help set the priorities and share ideas around strengthening viewership, distribution, and community engagement of independent film.

It's our final chance to be heard. We need YOU to be there and to speak up. Please rsvp here: https://pbslisteningtourchicago.eventbrite.com

If you are in or around Chicago, please join this important conversation.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:15 pm

Silverdocs AFI Conference, SSCB - Fenton Room
One Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD

Kartemquin's Pat Aufderheide and Tim Horsburgh will be on a Silverdocs panel related to the successful PBSNeedsIndies campaign.


"What happens to the docs you loved at Silverdocs? Many of them end up hiding in plain sight on public TV. But hide no longer: PBS has recently revealed plans to spotlight and celebrate two series that air docs almost every week – POV and Independent Lens. Get the story on how filmmakers and viewers are key to PBS’ having more quality doc fare on TV.

Pat Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media

Tim Horsburgh, Communications and Office Manager, Kartemquin Films
Donald Thoms, Vice President of General Audience Programming, PBS
Michon Boston, Engagement Consultant, WHUT and ITVS"

Indies Celebrate PBS Programming Change

Thanks to the 1200+ fans and filmmakers who joined our cause to support independent documentary film programming, PBS announced yesterday it would move Independent Lens and POV to Monday night, PBS' highest-rated evening.

The long-awaited change would not have been possible without the groundswell of support from our fans and allies like PBS veteran Bill Moyers and the International Documentary Association.

“We really feel that we had an effect,” Gordon Quinn told the New York Times' Decoder media blog.


Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:00 pm

The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, the International Documentary Association (IDA) invites you to join Simon Kilmurry, Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV; Lyn Goldfarb, award-winning documentary director and producer; Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films; Lois Vossen, founding and Senior Series Producer of Independent Lens; and Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions at PBS SoCaL, to discuss these issues and contribute to the conversation about independent documentary programming on PBS.

For IDA regular members, the price to attend the event is $15; for IDA student members, $5; and for non-members, $20. More information, along with tickets, can be found online.


PBS has long been an important outlet for independent documentary programming. Through POV and Independent Lens, millions of households gain free access to documentary programming addressing the most important issues of our time. But the landscape is changing for these programs. PBS announced a change in schedule for Independent Lens and POV, resulting in less favorable and inconsistent time slots. The documentary community responded with the public advocacy campaign PBS Needs Indies, and it received such support from independent producers that PBS announced it would reconsider the schedule move for both series. 


With these shifting realities, as well as significant cuts to funding to PBS' nonfiction programming from the National Endowment for the Arts, what does the future hold for independent documentary films and public broadcasting? What can you do to impact the decisions and changes being made right now?

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