In four American communities, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching are working together to heal a violent history.
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Recently Funded Films
Examines the enigmatic life and mind of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Navarro Scott Momaday, one of Native America’s most celebrated authors.
The history and legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic alliance of community groups that changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics.
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DDF gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for air on public television. Pre-production nonfiction projects only.Find out more
The deadline for this round was September 14, 2018 11:59 PM PDT
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Reopens March 11, 2019 9:00 AM PDT
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News January 17, 2019
Going home can be challenging in many circumstances, but returning home to capture a nearby community in turmoil can add a whole new layer of complexity. Rita Baghdadi and Jeremiah Hammerling, directors of ITVS Open Call funded My Country No More, described those challenges and share some insight into capturing the rural community of Trenton, North…
News December 11, 2018
It is with sadness that we say goodbye to filmmaker and educator Bill Siegel. Bill first became a part of the ITVS family with his award-winning film The Weather Underground, which he co-directed with Sam Green. It tells the story of former University of Chicago students who showed their outrage at the Vietnam War and racism in America by waging a low-level…
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