Held annually in Austin, Texas, South by Southwest (SXSW) is considered one of the world's premiere festivals, recognizing the best of film, music and interactive projects. This year's festival takes place March 12-21. We’re really excited about this year’s festival! You won’t want to miss the world premiere of six episodes of our new online fictional series FUTURESTATES on March 14. These narrative mini-features explore many of today’s complex social issues by imagining how they play out in the world of tomorrow. Learn more about FUTURESTATES on Beyond the Box >> Also be sure to check out these four other compelling ITVS films at SXSW this year.
Camp Victory, Afghanistan By Carol Dysinger
Camp Victory, Afghanistan follows several soldiers — Afghan and American — across the divide of language, culture, and religion as they attempt to accomplish a near impossible task: crafting a modern army to serve a struggling nation.
Last Train Home By Lixin Fan and Mila Aung-Thwin
China experiences the largest internal migration in the world as rural workers travel to cities looking for employment. In Last Train Home, filmmaker Lixin Fan follows the Zhang family who save all year to travel home for Chinese New Year, along with over 100 million other migrant workers, hoping to salvage the relationship with their teenage daughter.
The Oath By Laura Poitras
Filmed in Yemen, The Oath is a family drama about Al Qaeda and Guantanamo Bay Prison. This documentary is the second in a trilogy about America post 9/11. The first film, My Country, My Country, documented the U.S. occupation of Iraq from the perspective of an Iraqi family. The third film will focus on domestic surveillance.
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian By Neil Diamond
Reel Injun is an exciting, insightful and entertaining feature length documentary about the evolution of the image of North American Native people (The Indians) in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today. Visit Beyond the Box blog later this month to watch video and get updates on the festival.
From our blog
May 1, 2019
From ITVS Open Call funding to an Independent Lens premiere, Out Of State director Ciara Lacy and producer Beau Bassett talked to us about the multifaceted and sometimes painful journey through the Hawaiian incarceration system. ITVS: This story hits close to home for both of you. Can you explain why you thought it was important to bring it to public…
April 16, 2019
We are pleased to announce that of the eight winners in the Documentary category of the prestigious Peabody Awards, ITVS-funded filmmakers were honored with four awards. The 2018 Peabody Award recipients were Minding the Gap, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, Dolores, and The Judge. Honoring the “most powerful, enlightening and…
March 8, 2019
Orthodox Jewish culture, paramedics, and humor round out director Paula Eiselt's intimate portrait of a group of women in Brooklyn who pushed back against their establishment. Paula was able to draw upon her cultural connection to the women who form the Ezras Nahim collective and build the trust needed to tell their story. With grace and patience,…