The ITVS Indie Roundup

Posted on January 21, 2013

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


More documentary films are being made now than ever. To make sense of their impact, social scientists are using Big Data to measure cultural shifts within social media. People of all professions go through quarter-life crises, but young filmmakers have a specific set of anxieties

Raindance ticks off the fears of twenty-something directors, including financial insecurity and getting into the “inside track.” “If you don’t know who’s funding you on day one, do not start your campaign,” said Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin at DOC NYC. Learn other invaluable crowdfunding tips from Vimeo’s synopsis of DOC NYC’s online fundraising event.

When voting for foreign films, the Academy picks with its heart, but for the documentary category, it chooses with its head. Even film festivals have to compete for higher ratings. Apparently, Oprah’s interview with Lance Armstrong stole some thunder from the opening night of Sundance

This year, Sundance brings an embarrassment of documentary riches. Doc Soup Man Tom Roston interviewed Senior Programmer David Courier about his process sorting through the nonfiction films, and which stood out: “Narco Cultura, about the culture of drug traffickers in Mexico, was a complete surprise for me. It brings you into a world that I had no idea existed. This is a film that will be talked about after the festival.”


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