Independent Lens

In The Moment ... April 30, 2018 Show 326 Hour 1

The documentary "True Conviction" looks at three men who were wrongfully convicted, eventually exonerated and released after years of incarceration. The film follows their quest to help other innocent men behind bars.

You can see it Monday, April 30 at 9 p.m. CST / 8 p.m. MDT on Independent Lens on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... April 20, 2018 Show 320 Hour 1

Author, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry had strong words for proponents of industrial agriculture. He wrote eloquently and prolifically about rural values and the rural economy. A new film looks at his life through his words, and through the rural Americans he spoke to and for.

Directed by Laura Dunn, Look & See: Wendell Berry's Kentucky airs Monday on SDPB-TV.

In The Moment ... January 11, 2018 Show 254 Hour 2

The Oscar-nominated film "I am Not Your Negro" airs on SDPB-TV on Monday, January 15 at 8:30 p.m CST / 7:30 MT through Independent Lens.

It's a documentary that journeys into black history in America through the words of author James Baldwin.

We talk with film producer Hèbert Peck.

In The Moment ... January 8, 2018 Show 251 Hour 1

Filmmaker Jennifer Brea was a Harvard PhD student soon to be engaged when she was struck down by a mysterious fever that left her bedridden.  As her illness progressed, doctors insisted it was "all in her head."  That's when Jennifer began a video diary on her phone that eventually became the powerful and intimate documentary, "Unrest." 

You can watch "Unrest" on Independent Lens.  It airs tonight at 8:00 Central/7:00 Mountain on SDPB-TV

In The Moment ... Chasing Trane

Nov 6, 2017

In The Moment ... November 6, 2017 Show 214 Hour 2

John Coltrane is one of the most important figures in jazz history.  The saxophonist first gained fame as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet.  He spent the next decade challenging himself and pushing the boundaries of music before his death in 1967.

The writer and director of Chasing Trane joined Karl Gehrke, host of SDPB Radio's Jazz Nightly to discuss the film which airs Monday, November 6 at 9:30 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV.  It kicks off a new season of the PBS Series Independent Lens.

In The Moment ... May 25, 2017 Show 101 Hour 1

Tonight on SDPB-TV, you can watch a new feature film on Independent Lens. "Farmer/Veteran" follows a U.S. Army combat vet as he struggles to survive his ongoing mental health crisis. It's a compelling, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking look at the cost of war and the search for sanctuary. Alexandra Blair, co-director of "Farmer/Veteran" joins us.

Nate Wek is a digital content strategist at South Dakota Public Broadcasting. He joins us today to discuss the state tennis and upcoming state track.

In The Moment ... May 22, 2017 Show 098 Hour 1

South Dakota's ballot question system empowers voters, but also features a controversial influx of out-of-state money. A summer task force is set to evaluate the process. Augustana University political science professor Emily Wanless chairs the South Dakota Legislature's initiative, referendum and constitutional amendment task force. She joins In the Moment to talk about a nonpartisan conversation about direct democracy.

In The Moment ... April 27, 2017 Show 081 Hour 2

The legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder lives on in a new book called “Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder.” We’re joined by editor Nancy Tystad Koupal.

We preview this weekend’s No Cover, No Minimum Radio with music from Dusty Heart, recorded at the Sioux River Folk Festival. No Cover, No Minimum Radio airs on Saturday at 9 p.m. Central, 8 Mountain and Sunday at 11 p.m. Central, 10 Mountain.

In The Moment ... April 3, 2017 Show 063 Hour 2

A powerful new documentary looks at the aftermath of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. It was filmed over the course of nearly three years and includes never-before-heard testimonies from parents, survivors, and first responders. "Newtown" is raw and challenging and heartbreaking. You can see it tonight on Independent Lens on SDPB TV. We welcome the film's director and producer Kim Snyder.

In The Moment ... March 20, 2017 Show 053 Hour 1


In The Moment ... February 6, 2017 - Show 024 Hour 1

Since the late 1970s there has been a 15,000 percent increase in SWAT team raids in the United States. Tonight on SDPB-TV, tune in for the Independent Lens feature documentary “Peace Officer.” (8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT)

It’s a look at the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence. He founded the state of Utah’s first SWAT team and then, 30 years later watched SWAT officers as they surrounded his son-in-law, who stood with a gun to his head in his own driveway.

"Welcome to Leith" chronicles the attempted takeover of a small town in North Dakota by notorioius white supremacist Craig Cobb. 

"Welcome to Leith" premiers tonight on Independent Lens,  SDPB-TV at 9 p.m. Central, 8 p.m. Mountain. Filmmaker Michael Beach Nichols sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the town of Leith as character and inspiration, about the challenges and opportunities of cinematography in rural North Dakota, and about how the people of Leith opened their lives to the filmmakers, in order to have their story documented during time of need.

Independent Lens: Young Lakota

Nov 21, 2013

On Monday at 9:00 p.m. Central on SDPB-TV, INDEPENDENT LENS presents “Young Lakota,” which follows three young people living on the Pine Ridge Reservation trying to forge a better future.  When the tribe's first female president, Cecelia Fire Thunder, defies a South Dakota law banning abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the reservation, the three young tribe members are drawn into a political firestorm that changes their lives.  Sunny Clifford, who is featured in the film, is now a reproductive rights activist.  She was the winner of the Ms.