American Indian Movement activists who fought for civil rights in the ‘70s were anchored by Madonna Thunder Hawk, and her daughter Marcy Gilbert.
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Open until July 31, 2018 11:59 PM PDT
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DDF gives producers of color up to $15,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.Find out more
Reopens August 6, 2018 9:00 AM PDT
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The deadline for this round was March 2, 2018 11:59 PM PST
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News July 11, 2018
Illuminating the human condition: it’s a theme that pervades some of the most effective documentaries. Getting there has multiple paths and as a filmmaker, you have baggage you bring. For The Judge, filmmaker Erika Cohn was a complete outsider in her story and had to build trust with strangers. Bing Liu, on the other hand, mined his own community…
News June 27, 2018
Following the story of a group of Muslim morticians in Newark, NJ, the brother filmmaking team Zeshawn and Aman Ali learned invaluable lessons regarding death, faith, and community. Their ITVS Open Call funded Two Gods allowed them intimate access alongside their participants Furquan and Nas, giving the Ali brothers a space to work together and focus…
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