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
August 30, 2018
Starting a new project can be daunting for even the most veteran of filmmakers. From research and development to acquiring archival footage, where does one begin? The answers may lie in ITVS’s Diversity Development Fund, which provides you seed funding for all of the above and more.Hear from our filmmakers on how the Diversity Development Fund was…
August 1, 2018
Elected in July, Gita Saedi Kiely has joined the ITVS Board of Directors. She is an accomplished leader who brings to the Board extensive experience in the documentary world.From 2012 to 2016, Saedi Kiely served as the Executive and Festival Director at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, in Missoula, MT, the premier non-fiction film destination in the…
July 11, 2018
Illuminating the human condition: it’s a theme that pervades some of the most effective documentaries. Getting there has multiple paths and as a filmmaker, you have baggage you bring. For The Judge, filmmaker Erika Cohn was a complete outsider in her story and had to build trust with strangers. Bing Liu, on the other hand, mined his own community…