The ITVS Indie Roundup

Posted on October 12, 2012

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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  1. F is for Finding Visibility: Stepping in Front of the Lens

    January 4, 2018

    Seasoned documentarians turn cameras on themselves to share their transracial adoption story in The F Word.

  2. On A Knife Edge: When One Film Leads To The Next

    December 6, 2017

    From UK to Virginia, ITVS funded filmmakers come from all walks of life, from all parts of the world.  The moment when a filmmaker’s journey across oceans and wild plains takes them to a community fighting to continue the traditions of their ancestors is where bold stories are born. How would that experience forever leave its mark on the filmmakers and how

  3. Strong and Proud: Harvest Season

    November 1, 2017

    From New York City streets to the back roads of rural America, capturing a story sometimes involves embarking on a journey that can take you thousands of miles from home, meeting people along the way and perhaps discovering an America that most people don’t see.  ITVS-funded filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz set himself to tell the story of those people who bring wine