A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.
Female directors are way more likely to have directed a documentary at Sundance than a narrative film — 34.5 percent of documentaries were directed by women, compared to 16.9 percent of narrative films in the last decade of the festival. One filmmaker at Sundance, Sarah Polley, proudly declared her preference for documentaries in an interview: “I’ve always liked documentaries more than fictional narrative films. I can sit through any documentary and it will be educational even if it’s terrible, but a bad feature film can make me want to die.” But more women than ever are competing in the dramatic competition at Sundance this year, and the topic of sexism in the film industry is out in the open. Check out videos of a Sundance panel featuring six female directors as they air out their gender-based challenges.
A short meditation on the documentarian’s gaze — at what point should filmmakers give their subjects’ control of the camera and empower them to tell their own stories? Learn how Hollywood became a place where actors get married for publicity. The Virginia Quarterly Review takes us through the history of Hollywood PR, back to when Florence Lawrence became a household name because a fake 1910 new story proclaimed her death. At this point, with the many avenues for self-distribution, is a theatrical release just for the sake of the indie filmmaker’s ego?
From our blog
March 8, 2018
ITVS-funded filmmaker Erika Cohn to discuss the unexpected joy in meeting Judge Kholoud and the project that became The Judge.
February 27, 2018
How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world? If you’re a social scientist, you evaluate it.That’s what the Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program did in one of the most extensive studies ever to look at the impact of documentary film in a global development setting (173 pages with attachments, for those counting). The recently…
January 23, 2018
For the second consecutive year, an ITVS-funded film will contend for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.