Lois Vossen is the Founding and Executive Producer of Independent Lens, a weekly PBS multiplatform broadcast and digital series. The series broadcasts 22 original and 7 encore feature documentaries each season, along with shorts on the Independent Lens YouTube Channel, and journalism shorts with legacy journalism partners. Vossen is responsible for commissioning new films, programming the series, working with filmmakers on content, editorial, and broadcast issues, and the integration of broadcast and digital audiences. Independent Lens has received 19 Emmy Awards, 19 George Foster Peabody Awards, 5 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards, and 9 Academy Award nominations. The series was honored with the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 International Documentary Association (IDA) Best Series Award.
Vossen was the Associate Managing Director at the Sundance Institute and managed the Sundance Summer Labs. She serves on the Television Academy Board of Governors and is a member of the documentary branch of the Film Academy (AMPAS). She has served on the jury at SXSW, DOC New Zealand, Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, among others.
Independent Lens funded and co-produced films include One Child Nation, Always in Season, Bedlam, I Am Not Your Negro, Tower, The Judge, Newtown, Trapped, Best of Enemies, (T)ERROR, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, The Black Panthers, The Invisible War, among many others.