The ITVS Indie Roundup

Posted on September 14, 2012

A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.


Is your camera bag feeling like an anvil on your shoulder? The Tiziano Project just taught a filmmaking course in Kosovo with iPads, and they make a strong argument why you might want to go the lighter route. Win $2,000! The 2012 James River Shorts mini-festival is accepting short films of all genres, as long as the running time is under 30 minutes, until Sept. 30.

A number of solid films are now streaming at POV: Emmy-nominee Better This World (until Oct. 10), My Reincarnation, the story of an exiled Buddhist master and his son (until Sept. 20), and Sound of Vision, a short film about a blind man’s experience of New York City.

An eye-opening Op-Doc in the New York Times this week reveals the world of model casting calls in Siberia, Russia, where low-income teenagers come in search of financial security, but occasionally wind up in prostitution. Lovers of the documentary Man on Wire: Philippe Petit recently published a book titled Cheating The Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious High-Wire Artist, and you can get a preview of his ideas about education and accomplishing risky feats.


From our blog

  1. Who Gets To Tell These Stories Matter

    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,

  2. That's A Wrap, ITVS Independents Summit Winter 2019

    February 28, 2019

    What could be more dramatic than a meeting of fresh, creative minds coming together to discuss the future of independent films? The ITVS Independents Summit is a gathering of filmmakers, ITVS staff, and partners to exchange views on the best approach to bring more diverse content to public media.  For one week, we opened our doors and welcomed an

  3. Risk Takers, Welcome to Your Summit

    February 1, 2019

    You have an exceptional story to tell and deserve the best partner to help set the stage for engaging communities via public media. We are here to support your vision and reach that pinnacle. The ITVS Independents Summit will elevate our shared values and be the place for you, ITVS staff, and industry partners to plant a flag and stake a claim for excellence in