Independent Television Service (ITVS) announced today a new project supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to pioneer innovative collaborations between journalists and independent filmmakers.
“While journalists excel at breaking news, independent filmmakers illuminate the personal, human stories behind the headlines,” said Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO of ITVS and executive producer of the PBS primetime documentary series Independent Lens. “If we can combine the journalist’s drive for immediacy and accuracy with the filmmaker’s knack for character, that’s an opportunity to create something new and strike up conversations on the essential issues of our time.”
ITVS is partnering with news organizations to distribute the videos and experiment with new models of in-depth storytelling. TheWashington Post is among the first of those partners, and will select and offer ITVS videos on PostTV, as well as periodically suggest content themes for the video pipeline.
“Documentaries play an increasingly vital role in informing the American public,” said Kathy Im, director of Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives at MacArthur Foundation. “It is our hope that documentary storytelling paired with journalism outlets can help humanize and contextualize serious, timely stories all over the world.”
For more than 30 years, MacArthur has supported the production of documentary films and participatory web-based documentaries that combine exceptional filmmaking with in-depth journalism to examine important social issues.
From our blog
January 4, 2018
Seasoned documentarians turn cameras on themselves to share their transracial adoption story in The F Word.
December 6, 2017
From UK to Virginia, ITVS funded filmmakers come from all walks of life, from all parts of the world. The moment when a filmmaker’s journey across oceans and wild plains takes them to a community fighting to continue the traditions of their ancestors is where bold stories are born. How would that experience forever leave its mark on the filmmakers and how…
November 1, 2017
From New York City streets to the back roads of rural America, capturing a story sometimes involves embarking on a journey that can take you thousands of miles from home, meeting people along the way and perhaps discovering an America that most people don’t see. ITVS-funded filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz set himself to tell the story of those people who bring wine…