The ITVS Indies Roundup

Posted on October 5, 2012

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


Has the line between highbrow and lowbrow vanished? When we have film festivals for cat videos, you have to wonder. A.O. Scott and David Carr chew over this question (literally, as Carr snacks on Cheez-Its and Diet Coke) in a casual video filmed in the New York Times newsroom. Here’s a great way for directors and producers to dive into TED talks: Filmmaker IQ compiled 10 TED talks for filmmakers. The Emmys were announced this week, with ITVS winning four news and doc Emmys and our sister show POV winning 4 Emmys as well. You can watch four of POV’s award-winners online for free. This is your brain on stories. In an animated video, neuroscientist Paul Zak explains the power of empathy in storytelling and how the chemicals that stories provoke can actually change our brains. Comedians in show business, including Tina Fey, have a soft spot for an erudite writer: David Foster Wallace.

A new documentary series called A Different L.A. showcases lesser-known characters in the U.S.’s second largest city, starting with one of the last remaining typewriter shops. Cloud Atlas, directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant, will open this month. The author of the novel, David Mitchell, spills his reactions to having his book adapted: “At the read-through, I sat next to Lana Wachowski, and when a line earned a particularly strong response, I’d whisper, ‘Was that one of yours or one of mine?’ The tally was about 50-50, I think.”


From our blog

  1. Who Gets To Tell These Stories Matter

    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,

  2. That's A Wrap, ITVS Independents Summit Winter 2019

    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

  3. Risk Takers, Welcome to Your Summit

    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