Congratulations to the ITVS Independent Summit participants. We are thrilled to announce the visionary filmmakers who will be attending this summer's ITVS Independents Summit.
Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael
This summer’s ITVS Independent Summit will be a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry. We will come together to reimagine what sustainable filmmaking could look like, and what role public media can play in supporting filmmakers from ideation to distribution. ITVS staff and industry experts will lead discussions and workshops that examine some of the major questions and challenges in documentary filmmaking. Nanfu Wang, director of the ITVS-funded and Sundance-winning One Child Nation, will discuss her experience working on international films, especially while navigating a government that is hostile to political dissent. Simon Kilmurry, Emmy Award-winning executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA), will discuss how—and to what degree—filmmakers should consider their audience.
And, of course, there’ll be time for us to gab—and also gripe—about documentary filmmaking. How do you strategically time your submission of a rough cut to a pitch panel or festival? How do you show footage to subjects that present them unfavorably without alienating them as collaborators? With an inclusive group of participants from different corners of the film industry, we’ll pool our knowledge and consider ways to support each other in our ongoing projects (check out the agenda here or download it from this page).
From our blog
December 2, 2019
As we look forward with great anticipation to the next Open Call round (in January 2020), ITVS is excited to announce the latest Open Call-funded films.These powerful projects will take viewers from a Syrian mother fiercely determined to protect her family amidst nightmarish conditions, to a nationwide support group for mothers coming to terms with…
November 20, 2019
When everything dovetails together so nicely for a creative project, any other filmmaking team would love to know just how it happened. Serendipity? Lightning in a bottle? Blood, sweat, and tears?The collaborators behind the ITVS Digital Open Call-supported We Gon' Be Alright documentary web series, filmmaker Bao Nguyen and writer/producer Jeff…
November 1, 2019
Filmmaker and producer Billy Luther's first feature documentary Miss Navajo, which follows a young woman competing in the Miss Navajo beauty pageant, aired nationally on Independent Lens after premiering in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, Luther has collaborated with Independent Lens on the alter-NATIVE series highlighting the…