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. Sugar Shakers, Handbags, and Resistance: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

    June 21, 2019

    Placards are pieces of history. They show us verve. They show us wit. They show us pain and personality. They are floating, gripped, vital statements of resistance, rendering the individual voices of protest visible. The protests and riots of our times are documented and extended through social media, creating long-lasting visual histories that live

  2. Visualizing the Modern Digital Age

    June 12, 2019

    In the land of memes, baby photos, and selfies, social media can serve many purposes for users. Social media not only connects friends and families who are wide distances apart but also allows users to author their own stories. The Instagram grid can be an archive of personal growth, while Facebook videos can narrate lived experiences.  For many

  3. ITVS Names Keri Archer Brown Director of Content and Initiatives

    June 10, 2019

    ITVS is pleased to announce that Keri Archer Brown will join the organization as Director of Content and Initiatives. Keri Archer Brown comes to ITVS with deep production, development, and management experience as both a line producer and an executive. She has worked in both capacities at ITV America/Sirens Media as well as at Discovery Studios for