A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.
And you thought the logistics of your documentary were complicated. To produce The Iran Job, Till Schauder had to stuff the footage of his documentary in his underwear while traveling to duck the U.S. embargo against Iran. The movie, about American basketballers playing in Iran, opens this fall. Frontline has found innovative ways to repurpose leftover footage. For The Choice 2012, a biographical doc about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the series did more than 100 interviews. Instead of letting those go to waste, Frontline has produced the one-on-ones in a multimedia package of oral histories. If you’re interested in writing a blockbuster feature, Raindance has broken it down into five simple steps.
The juicy shortlist for the 2013 Oscar nominations in the short documentary category have been announced, including a short by Detropia filmmakers Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Retool your toolbelt. Columbia Journalism Review has come up with essential digital tools for today's journalist. If you’re hitting a mental wall, call it a night. Here are 11 creative breakthroughs that groundbreaking innovators have had in their sleep, including DNA and Jack Nicklaus' golf swing, courtesy of Mental Floss.
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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…