Between the Lines is a 1977 film from Midwest Films directed by Joan Micklin Silver and produced by her husband Raphael D. Silver. The film won two out of the three awards it was nominated for at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival. The story revolves around a group of people who work at The Back Bay Mainline, an alternative newspaper in Boston. Fred Barron, who had written for both The Phoenix and The Real Paper, used his alternative newspaper experiences as the basis for his Between the Lines screenplay. The director Silver once had worked for The Village Voice. The success of the film led to a short-lived TV sitcom, also titled Between the Lines.