A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.
Hey, internet dunces: You, too, could create a multimedia package for your film! Knight News Challenge winner the Tiziano Project pulls from existing technology on the web to help storytellers with amateur web skills polish their online videos. "Get comfortable with the idea that you won’t know what’s good until it’s already happened,” said Radiolab founder Jad Abumrad. The storytelling genius (no, really, he just won a MacArthur Genius Grant) shared the origins of Radiolab with the Transom. (via @brainpicker) Follow one of the oldest film festivals in Europe, the Locarno Film Festival, Aug. 1-11, through the eyes of some of its critics-in-training. A new Critic Academy sharpens the chops of aspiring film reviewers.
Director of the beautiful new Beasts of the Southern Wild shared how he assembled his ragtag team of filmmakers in New Orleans. For one thing, he picks the worker who buys doughnuts and laughs loudly over the one who smoothly maneuvers a dolly. “In the end, no matter what, the movies come out wild, brave and good-hearted; and that’s more important to me than smooth dolly moves.” Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (full disclosure: an ITVS-funded film) shows the intimate side of the famous Chinese dissident and artist at home with his mother, son, and cats. POV interviewed director Alison Klayman to find out how she got such up-close-and-personal access. “What is the most wonderful thing I could be doing?” asked illustrator and self-proclaimed “loopy optimist” Maira Kalman. Watch this short video interview for more insight into the creative life, as well as Kalman’s strange and wonderful mind.
From our blog
March 8, 2019
Orthodox Jewish culture, paramedics, and humor round out director Paula Eiselt's intimate portrait of a group of women in Brooklyn who pushed back against their establishment. Paula was able to draw upon her cultural connection to the women who form the Ezras Nahim collective and build the trust needed to tell their story. With grace and patience,…
February 28, 2019
What could be more dramatic than a meeting of fresh, creative minds coming together to discuss the future of independent films? The ITVS Independents Summit is a gathering of filmmakers, ITVS staff, and partners to exchange views on the best approach to bring more diverse content to public media. For one week, we opened our doors and welcomed an…
February 1, 2019
You have an exceptional story to tell and deserve the best partner to help set the stage for engaging communities via public media. We are here to support your vision and reach that pinnacle. The ITVS Independents Summit will elevate our shared values and be the place for you, ITVS staff, and industry partners to plant a flag and stake a claim for excellence in…