The ITVS Indie Roundup

Posted on February 8, 2013

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

Guaranteed to put a goofy smile on your face: When filmmaker Bianca Giaever asked a six-year-old what her movie should be about, she recorded the interview as narration and took up each of the kid’s dares. The resulting short film, the Scared is scared, includes whimsical animations, costumes, a bear, a mouse, sage advice, and a good ol’ fashioned sleepover. (via @CDSduke)

Filmmakers, you don’t need to survive on ramen! Moviemaker Lena Khan insists there is a middle path between Hollywood elites and indies who don’t pay their crews.  

Former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Rios Montt will stand trial in Guatemalan court on charges of genocide. The ITVS and POV co-production about the dictator and the movement to bring him to justice, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, will be streaming online, in English and Spanish, until February 11.

If you were debating a road trip through Missouri, now is the time. The True/False Film Fest showcases the best in documentaries Feb. 28 to March 3 in Columbia, Missouri. With the rise of digital effects and high-quality post-production, filmmakers like Darren Aronofsky are spending fewer hours and dollars on production. 

Check out the Short of the Week Awards 2013 nominees! Innovative and quirky films abound in the categories of live-action, animation, and new media. Winners will be announced next week. Portland International Film Festival kicked off Thursday night and runs to Feb. 23.


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