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.


From our blog

  1. When Your Film Protagonist Finds You

    March 8, 2018

    ITVS-funded filmmaker Erika Cohn to discuss the unexpected joy in meeting Judge Kholoud and the project that became The Judge.

  2. Using Data to Measure Impact

    February 27, 2018

    How do you know if documentary film makes a difference in the world?  If you’re a social scientist, you evaluate it.That’s what the Aspen Planning and Evaluation Program did in one of the most extensive studies ever to look at the impact of documentary film in a global development setting (173 pages with attachments, for those counting).  The recently

  3. Abacus: Small Enough To Jail Nominated for 2018 Academy Award

    January 23, 2018

    For the second consecutive year, an ITVS-funded film will contend for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.