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.”


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