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
June 21, 2019
Placards are pieces of history. They show us verve. They show us wit. They show us pain and personality. They are floating, gripped, vital statements of resistance, rendering the individual voices of protest visible. The protests and riots of our times are documented and extended through social media, creating long-lasting visual histories that live…
June 12, 2019
In the land of memes, baby photos, and selfies, social media can serve many purposes for users. Social media not only connects friends and families who are wide distances apart but also allows users to author their own stories. The Instagram grid can be an archive of personal growth, while Facebook videos can narrate lived experiences. For many…
June 10, 2019
ITVS is pleased to announce that Keri Archer Brown will join the organization as Director of Content and Initiatives. Keri Archer Brown comes to ITVS with deep production, development, and management experience as both a line producer and an executive. She has worked in both capacities at ITV America/Sirens Media as well as at Discovery Studios for…