The ITVS Indie Roundup

Posted on August 17, 2012

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

  1. When Your Film Protagonist Finds You

    March 8, 2018

    ITVS-funded filmmaker Erika Cohn to discuss the unexpected joy in meeting Judge Kholoud and the project that became The Judge.

  2. Using Data to Measure Impact

    February 27, 2018

    How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?  If you’re a social scientist, you evaluate it.That’s what the Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program did in one of the most extensive studies ever to look at the impact of documentary film in a global development setting (173 pages with attachments, for those counting).  The recently

  3. Abacus: Small Enough To Jail Nominated for 2018 Academy Award

    January 23, 2018

    For the second consecutive year, an ITVS-funded film will contend for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.