Recently Funded by ITVS

Posted on November 2, 2009

ITVS funds, distributes and promotes new programs produced by independent producers primarily for public television and beyond. We’re proud to announce the latest projects recently funded by ITVS. We look forward to working with each of the filmmakers to support their broadcast and continued effort to bring a diversity of programming to viewers. Congratulations to all the filmmakers! 


ADOPT ME, MICHAEL JORDAN By Melanie Judd and Susan Motamed
Spanning four years in the life of one irrepressible girl, ADOPT ME, MICHAEL JORDAN offers an intimate look at the struggle to create an identity in the aftermath of adoption across race and culture. A co-production of ITVS

IF A TREE FALLS By Marshall Curry
A behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental organization that the FBI calls the "number one domestic terrorism threat" in America. A co-production of ITVS

A story about one man's struggle to survive after a spinal cord injury and the Disability Rights Movement. A co-production of ITVS

MORE THAN A MONTH By Shukree Hassan Tilghman
Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. A co-production of ITVS and the National Black Programming Consortium

THE OATH By Laura Poitras
Filmed in Yemen, THE OATH is a family drama about Al Qaeda and Guantanamo Bay Prison.

A modern-day Oskar Schindler story about Kirk Johnson, a 26-year-old American aid worker, fighting to save thousands of Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they worked for the United States to help rebuild Iraq. A co-production of ITVS

SEEDS By Micha X. Peled
A look at the debate surrounding biotechnology and the future of farming. A co-production of ITVS

SUN KISSED By Maya Stark and Adi Lavy
When a Navajo couple embarks on a journey to discover more about their children's rare genetic disorder, they uncover a controversial genetic trail and bravely tackle deep-rooted cultural taboos. A co-production of ITVS

Three transgender individuals in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, search for love and acceptance with unexpected results. A co-production of ITVS


AS NUTAYUNEAN – We Still Live Here By Anne Makepeace
The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years. A co-production of ITVS in association with WGBY

WHAT A GHOST FORETELLS: The Making of the Opera By Monica Lam, David Petersen and Fawn Ring
WHAT A GHOST FORETELLS follows the making of a contemporary opera written by Amy Tan with music by Stewart Wallace. The film charts a journey that begins in Tan's personal stories and family secrets and evolves into a highly collaborative, visually stunning production that opens on the stage of the San Francisco Opera. A co-production of ITVS, CAAM and KQED

BUILDING CHINA MODERN: I.M. Pei and the Transformation of an Ancient City By Eugene Shirley
After 70 years in the U.S., renowned architect I.M. Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to build a modern museum in this ancient city. A co-production of ITVS in association with South Carolina ETV

DEEP DOWN By Sally Rubin and Jen Gilomen
Deep in the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, Beverly May and Terry Ratliff find themselves at the center of a contentious community battle over a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine. A co-production of ITVS in association with Kentucky Educational Television

An investigation into migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border and the efforts of the Mexican Consulate and the Medical Examiner to repatriate the remains back to Mexico. A co-production of KUAT and ITVS

THE MUSIC’S GONNA GET YOU THROUGH By Gabrielle Mullem In New Orleans, a group of blind and visually-impaired teenagers from across the country gather to study with master musician Henry Butler at his creative music and jazz camp. A co-production of ITVS in association with WLAE Educational Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.

THE WAY WE GET BY By Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
On call 24/7 for the past six years, three senior citizens have made history by greeting nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. A co-production of ITVS in association with WGBH and Maine Public Broadcasting Network


COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS By Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod
COPYRIGHT CRIMINALS examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. A co-production of ITVS

NATIVE CENTURY By Katahdin Productions
A four-part series that chronicles the unexpected history of Native American nations in the 20th century. A co-production of ITVS in association with Native American Public Telecommunications


74 SQUARE METERS (Chile) By Tiziana Panizza and Paola Castillo
A social experiment that moves marginalized families into a middle class neighborhood in Valparaiso, Chile. A co-production of Errante Producciones Limitada and ITVS International

THE LAST WHITE MAN STANDING (Kenya) By Justin Webster, Mette Heide and Don Edkins
Tom Cholmondeley, heir to the largest white-owned estate in Kenya, stands accused of murdering a black poacher on his land. THE LAST WHITE MAN STANDING follows the ongoing case and gives an in-depth look at its socio-political context. A co-production of Plus Pictures ApS and ITVS International

RODRIGUEZ (South Africa) By Malik Bendjelloul
American music artist Rodriguez records an album in 1970 that flops but discovers 25 years later he’s more popular than the Rolling Stones in South Africa. A co-production of HYSTERIA FILM AB, SVT and ITVS International

TEACHER (Vietnam) By Leslie Wiener
The story of one man's fight against AIDS in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and his attempt to help street children survive. A co-production of Leslie Wiener an ITVS International

THE TEAM (Kenya) By Patrick Reed
A look at a dramatic TV soap opera series created after Kenya's violent 2007 presidential election that Kenyans hope will help bridge deep ethnic divisions. A White Pine Pictures production in association with ITVS International

THIS IS MY PICTURE WHEN I WAS DEAD (Jordan) By Mahmoud Al Massad
An imaginative look at what happens after four-year-old Bashir comes back to life after the assassination of him and his father, a top PLO lieutenant. A co-production of iSee Film and ITVS International

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