Stand with Independents on PBS

We encourage all of our fans to watch the new season of Independent Lens on Mondays at 10pm on PBS. The series begins October 8th with As Goes Janesville.

Earlier this year, the successful PBS Needs Indies campaign saw filmmakers and fans unite in support of independent documentary on PBS, urging them to reconsider scheduling and promotion for Independent Lens and P.O.V. You made this new timeslot happen, so we hope you can spread the word about it!


Gordon Quinn to Deliver Keynote at the 2012 Alliance for Community Media Conference

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) has announced that Gordon Quinn, artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, will keynote its opening plenary at the 2012 ACM Conference & Exhibition in Chicago on August 1st.

As well as being an acclaimed filmmaker, Gordon is an ardent supporter of public and community media.  He has served on the boards of several organizations, including The Illinois Humanities Council, The Chicago Public Access Corporation, and The Public Square Advisory Committee, The Illinois Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


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.


Gordon Quinn to speak at Doc U: The Future of Docs on PBS

On May 10th, founding member and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films Gordon Quinn will be speaking at the panel "Doc U: The Future of Docs on PBS" in Los Angeles. The panel, sponsored by the International Documentary Association, will address the future of public broadcasting and independent documentary programming in light of recent heavy cuts to PBS' nonfiction programming by the National Endowment for the Arts and uncertainties regarding the scheduling of two PBS programs, Independent Lens and POV. Quinn will be joined by Simon Kilmurry (executive director of American Documentary | POV), Brenda Brkusic (executive producer of PBS SoCal), and Lyn Goldfarb (Academy Award-nominated documentarian). Register to attend.

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