A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.
Celebrity documentaries don’t have to be brainless. Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service compiled a list of the top ten performer documentaries, including such classics as the Bob Dylan film Don’t Look Back and Madonna: Truth or Dare. (via POV) If you’re wondering where the inventive imagery of Beasts of the Southern Wild came from, check out the director Behn Zeitlin’s first animated short, the bizarre and fascinating Egg, based on Moby-Dick. Finally, a level-headed examination of what it takes for a professional film to succeed on the web from Short of the Week: “Cat videos and bad web series are not your competition. Your real competition is the 5,000 other dramas shot with shallow depth-of-field and digital effects that go up every week.”
What do classrooms look like in Lagos, Nigeria; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Jessore, Bangladesh? This fascinating documentary photo series answers each of those questions with a single snapshot. Advice for the creative life written by French-Cuban author Anaïs Nin, stylized into a work of art by Lisa Congdon: “You live out the confusions until they become clear.” Become an interactive documentary wizard even if you don’t know how to code: Zeega, funded by the Knight News Challenge in 2011 and soon to be released in beta, allows you to drag-and-drop media from YouTube, Flickr, Dropbox, Tumblr, SoundCloud, and other platforms. The Olympics are over, but our fascination never has to end. Here’s a slideshow of Wired photographers’ favorite stills from this summer’s games.
From our blog
May 1, 2019
From ITVS Open Call funding to an Independent Lens premiere, Out Of State director Ciara Lacy and producer Beau Bassett talked to us about the multifaceted and sometimes painful journey through the Hawaiian incarceration system. ITVS: This story hits close to home for both of you. Can you explain why you thought it was important to bring it to public…
April 16, 2019
We are pleased to announce that of the eight winners in the Documentary category of the prestigious Peabody Awards, ITVS-funded filmmakers were honored with four awards. The 2018 Peabody Award recipients were Minding the Gap, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, Dolores, and The Judge. Honoring the “most powerful, enlightening and…
March 8, 2019
Orthodox Jewish culture, paramedics, and humor round out director Paula Eiselt's intimate portrait of a group of women in Brooklyn who pushed back against their establishment. Paula was able to draw upon her cultural connection to the women who form the Ezras Nahim collective and build the trust needed to tell their story. With grace and patience,…