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
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…
December 3, 2018
Last week the Sundance Institute announced the showcase of independent feature films selected for the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. We are thrilled to share that four of the selections drawn from a record-breaking 14,259 submissions are ITVS co-productions. It's a milestone moment for ITVS. The 2019 festival entries mark 100 ITVS co-productions…
National Issues, Local Impact: How Indie Lens Pop-Up, Filmmakers, and PBS Stations Gather CommunitiesOctober 17, 2018
Fueling films that spark conversations, and connecting with local audiences, is at the heart of our mission to bring impactful independent documentaries to public media. Indie Lens Pop-Up is the tool in which ITVS filmmakers, PBS member stations, and other local partners connect and engage with their communities. These events translate your film’s…