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
August 5, 2019
The cheerleaders of the National Football League sweat through grueling drills, invest time, and money to stay in top physical condition, and revolve their lives around their sport. Yet most of them earn less than minimum wage. Shining a light on this astounding inequity, A Woman’s Work tells the story of a handful of cheerleaders who decide that they and…
July 26, 2019
Midnight Traveler was shot entirely on three cell phones out of sheer necessity. An autoethnographic film about a family in flight, the three-year journey follows filmmakers Hassan Fazili, Fatima Hussaini, and their two girls Zahra and Nargis fleeing Afghanistan, attempting to seek asylum in Germany because of a death bounty on Hassan. Due to its…
July 22, 2019
We just wrapped the ITVS Independents Summer Summit, a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry.We kicked off the Summit at Alamo Drafthouse with a preview screening of films from our most recent Open Call, and we ended the week at SPiN, where we…