Welcoming Newest Films to ITVS Family in 2020

Posted on October 5, 2020

Open Call, Short-Form, DDF and SSP Projects Officially Funded

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From "Light of the Setting Sun"

ITVS welcomes the newest members of the ITVS family, funded through our Open Call, Short-Form Open Call, Diversity Development Fund (DDF), and Series & Special Projects initiatives. 

From a community in Chicago fighting to keep its high-achieving school open in the face of gentrification, to a renegade safe injection site in Canada committed to showing love to a discarded community, to a remote Texas border town crafting its own distinctive blended Mexican and American folk culture, to a camp for widows where every participant can both grieve and find camaraderie and unexpected joy in shared understanding, our fearless filmmakers bring the world the stories that need telling. 

"I never cease to be amazed by the voices of documentary filmmakers rising through the tide of divide to show us the true meaning of love, community and commitment," said Keri Archer Brown, ITVS Director of Content & Initiatives. "This exciting slate of features and short series speaks to the love that runs deep within each of us and how it can propel each of us to commit to creating shared community and belonging with purpose."

Open Call

Light of the Setting Sun: Filmmaker Vicky Du's heartfelt exploration of the multigenerational trauma that has dogged a large Chinese family across time and borders.

Let the Little Light Shine: A high-achieving elementary school just south of downtown Chicago is a lifeline for Black children—until gentrification threatens its closure. Director Kevin Shaw, producer Rachel Dickson.

Love in the Time of Fentanyl: Misfits, artists, and drug users run a renegade safe injection site in Vancouver, Canada, saving lives in a community ravaged by the overdose crisis. Director Colin Askey and producer Monika Navarro.

Storming Caesars Palace: Activist Ruby Duncan leads a grassroots movement of mothers who challenged Presidents, the Vegas Mob, and everyday Americans to rethink their notions of the “Welfare Queen.” Producer/director Hazel Gurland-Pooler.

Short-Form Open Call

Black America with Asha Stuart 

Dancing Man  

Life After Life 

When I’m Her 

Diversity Development Fund

14 Artifacts

Hidden Letters

On the Move



When They Were Here

An elderly gentleman celebrates "prom" while in an assisted living facility, wearing sash and crown

From "Senior Prom"

Series and Special Projects: Short-Form 

45 Days in a Texas Jail  

Aaron Felton film

Beyond Conviction w/t

A Call Away 

The Comedians

Daughters of Addiction  

Deadly Jails: An Oklahoma Mental Health Crisis 


Empathy and Frustration w/t  

Folk Frontera  

Great World of Gregory Blackstock  

Just Over the Line   

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Mental Healthcare in Rural America 

The Parish Prison

Senior Prom  

Sheriff Paula Dance: Bringing Change to Pitt County

Sheriff Terry Johnson: The Mayberry Dilemma

Untitled Camp Widow Doc 

Untitled Leslie Garcia Doc 

Zoo Crew

Series and Special Projects: Long-Form

And She Could Be Next

City Hall 

Latino Vote: Dispatches from the Battleground

The Longest Goodbye


Untitled Cruise Industry Project  

Congrats to all the filmmakers and their teams. We're really excited to be able to share your projects with the world. 

10/12/2020: This list reflects some of the projects that have been officially funded as of October 1, 2020, and that have been cleared for publicity. It is not an exhaustive list.

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