The American carnival industry’s labor struggles are showcased by a carnival owner, a labor recruiter, and two workers from Tlapacoyan, Mexico.
Bold stories begin here.
Recently Funded Films
Minding the Gap follows filmmaker Bing as he returns to his hometown and reconnects with two young men he used to skateboard with, uncovering a common thread of domestic violence rooted in their childhoods.
A punk rocker-turned-Zen priest helps desperate people re-discover the will to live through counseling, and must practice what he preaches.
Trailblazing Stories for Public Media
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Open Call provides documentary funding and co-production support so you can complete your nonfiction work in progress, then air it on public television.Find out more
The deadline for this round was July 28, 2017 11:59 PM PDT
Diversity Development Fund
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 projects only.Find out more
The deadline for this round was September 15, 2017 11:59 PM PDT
Digital Open Call
Digital Open Call offers research and development funding for you to pilot a series on public media platforms. Pre-production projects only.Find out more
The deadline for this round was February 17, 2017 5:00 PM PST
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News October 11, 2017
Fearless documentary filmmaking is about trust: trust in yourself, your crew, your vision. But trust goes both ways. Unlike narrative filmmaking where contracts might stipulate the ground rules of interacting with your talent, bold storytellers of nonfiction need to go one step further and build trust with their participants. The question becomes:…
News October 9, 2017
It was an extraordinary evening for bold storytellers on Thursday, October 5th at the 38th Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards. Five ITVS documentaries, four for Independent Lens and one for POV, received Emmy® Awards. The winning films include: The Armor of Light (Independent Lens) for Outstanding Social Issue Documentary; Thank You for…
PBS’s most-watched showcase of independent documentaries – and ITVS films