Written by: Stacia Hentz
Date: February 14, 2017

A stranger rushes to help Claire after she has been shot from Independent Lens' Tower. Credit: Courtesy of TOWER Documentary LLC

A stranger rushes to help Claire after she has been shot from Independent Lens’ Tower. Credit: Courtesy of TOWER Documentary LLC

The Independent Lens series is the place for viewers to see independent films and documentaries on the small screen, and airs Sunday nights at 11pm on WOSU TV.

PBS has a history of being the place to go if you’re looking for good independent films and documentaries.  The Independent Lens and POV series are often sought out by WOSU TV viewers who enjoy this program genre. WOSU has been very fortunate, over the years, to partner with the Gateway Film Center on the Independent Lens Community Cinema program.

However there are times when folks hear about a particular film they’d like to see and then can’t find the program listing for it on WOSU TV Independent Lens and POV are two series that don’t have a national airtime.  Meaning each local PBS station will air the series in the time that works best for their market.  

WOSU TV has aired the Independent Lens and POV series on Sunday evenings at 11pm for many years.  We have found this is where our audience prefers to view the programs.  There will occasionally be special presentations of the series that may air on a Monday or Tuesday evening, but if you’re looking for a specific film, check the Sunday night line-up first.

WOSU TV will premiere the Independent Lens film Tower this coming Sunday, February 19 at 9pm. Tower Director Keith Maitland tells the story of the 1966 University of Texas sniper in a very unique way using archive video with rotoscopic animation.

This unique method allows Maitland to bring the viewer right into the tragic event. 

“Four years ago when Keith approached Independent Lens with this project, the topic of gun violence was preeminent. Unfortunately, that has become even more true in the years since we funded Tower,” said Lois Vossen, Independent Lens executive producer. “Keith’s approach — weaving extraordinary animation with previously unseen archival footage — offers a new way for audiences to look at the immediate and long-term impact on survivors.”

If you enjoy watching Independent Lens and POV and want to see more, we air encore presentations of past and current seasons Tuesday evenings at 8pm on our WOSUohio (34.2) service.


  • Klaus VonNudelman

    At least you guys are treating him with respect. The rest of PBS is disgusting.

    • GGW1970

      You are obviously not watching the same PBS as I am. Every series is fantastic and most well done!

  • grandmasitter

    When does Season 4 start?

    • GGW1970

      June 18, 2017

  • Josephine White

    Miss Fisher’s mysteries are the most well written and beautifully costumed show on television any country, any genre. I am from New Mexico, (not New and Not Mexico,). I watch this show with my grand daughters and we all love Miss Fisher. To end it at season 3 is totally unreasonable. Let’s get the gang back together and protest, write, blog, twitter or what ever to make them do more. I am a month from being 70, so I will write real letters. Jo White, USA.

    • Celia R. Javadi

      I agree.

      Are you the Jo White who put the Mooney family history on the Everything Cherokee website?

  • Donna Steele

    Fishers mysteries, season 3 is over. Bummer. I am waiting for season 4. While I am waiting, how about a repeat of 1, 2, & 3. Doc. Martin, as Time Goes by, and Keeping up Appearance, do it. I would love to watch the repeats.