The ITVS Indie Roundup

Posted on November 2, 2012
A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval. If you’ve ever wanted to see the history of film summarized in one chart, this is your chart. HistoryShots created an infographic, The History of Film, using what they deemed the 2,000 “most important films” and graphed each according to genre. See the ebbs and flows of pop culture trends for yourself. The Sheffield Doc/Fest, the largest film festival in the UK taking place June 12-16, 2013, is now accepting documentary submissions from British and international filmmakers. You have until February 4! To get a sense of how hard Hurricane Sandy battered Manhattan, this time-lapsed video taken from the 51st floor of The New York Times building shows the cloud density, wind, and rain as they escalated. Will GIFs decide this year’s presidential election? Probably not, but the PBS Idea Channel explores how GIFs have matured enough to provide political commentary, even if it is out-of-context and zany. Calling all artists interested in urban design! Watershed, a Bristol, UK, arts nonprofit, is awarding an international £30,000 grant to create a “playable city” using creative technologies. If you recycle in your household, why wouldn’t you recycle on your film set? We Love Leftovers connects production companies with New York organizations that can reuse sets, wardrobes, and filmmaking equipment. The brand new and inspiring Diverse Voices in Docs includes six three-hour workshops to mentor and develop emerging documentary filmmakers of color, courtesy of Kartemquin Films and the Community Film Workshop of Chicago. The application deadline for the six-month program is December 17, and a kick-off event is happening November 8. See more Indie Roundup's from the archives.

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