ITVS Films Win at Sundance 2004

Three of ITVS's Seven Films Get Nods: Two Special Jury Prizes and One Award for Excellence in Cinematography

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(San Francisco, CA)— The Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced that three of its record seven films which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival were selected for awards at the closing night ceremony on January 24th in Park City, Utah. 

Special Jury Prize Dramatic 

BROTHER TO BROTHER directed by Rodney Evans 

Special Jury Prize Documentary 

FARMINGVILLE directed by Catherine Tambini and Carlos Sandoval 

Excellence in Cinematography Award Documentary 

IMELDA cinematographer: Ferne Pearlstein 

BROTHER TO BROTHER, by Rodney Evans, is a surreal drama that looks back on the Harlem Renaissance and some of the era's most famous luminaries from the perspective of an elderly, black, gay writer—Bruce Nugent—who meets a young gay man in a New York City homeless shelter. BROTHER TO BROTHER is a co-presentation of ITVS and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC). F

ARMINGVILLE, by Catherine Tambini, Carlos Sandoval, is a 90-minute, verité documentary (bi-lingual Spanish/English) that captures the year in which a small Long Island town is thrust into the national headlines after the chilling hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers. The program is slated for a broadcast premiere on the award-winning PBS series P.O.V. in 2004. FARMINGVILLE a co-presentation of ITVS and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). 

IMELDA, by Ramona S. Diaz, is at once a film about the intersection of personal and public power, myth, and illusion, and also about the larger-than-life persona of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos. The film addresses how excessive power is amassed and sustained by popular support, and how one woman rationalizes her seemingly unconscionable abuse of such power. IMELDA is a co-presentation of ITVS and the National Asian American Telecommunications Association (NAATA). For more show-specific information and downloadable photos, please contact ITVS as listed above. 

About ITVS

Independent Television Service (ITVS) funds and presents award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web and the weekly series Independent Lens on Tuesday nights at 10 P.M. on PBS. ITVS is a miracle of public policy created by media activists, citizens and politicians seeking to foster plurality and diversity in public television. ITVS was established by a historic mandate of Congress to champion independently produced programs that take creative risks, spark public dialogue and serve underserved audiences. Since its inception in 1991, ITVS programs have revitalized the relationship between the public and public television, bringing TV audiences face-to-face with the lives and concerns of their fellow Americans. More information about ITVS can be obtained by visiting ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American People.

Posted on January 27, 2004