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  1. At SXSW with ITVS Programming Manager Karim Ahmad

    March 19, 2009

    Held annually in Austin, Texas, South By Southwest (SXSW) is considered one of the world's premiere festivals, recognizing the best of film, music and interactive projects. ITVS Programming Manager Karim Ahmad gives some of the highlights from ITVS's and PBS's participation from this past week.Despite unseasonably cold and wet weather in Austin (and

  2. International Report From the Field with Cynthia Kane

    February 25, 2009

    Kia Ora (“hello” in Maori) from Auckland, New Zealand! The DocNZ Summit has been lively and enlightening. Plus, it has grown exponentially in the year and half since Independent Lens’s Series Producer Lois Vossen and I came last. I was greeted last Saturday evening by Doc Summit producer Alex Lee and DocNZ festival director Dan Shanan, and swept away to an

  3. International Report From the Field with Cynthia Kane

    February 18, 2009

    ITVS International Programming Manager Cynthia Kane reports from Australia––“the land of Oz”––about her first day at the Australian International Documentary Conference (ADIC) and the Adelaide Film Festival.It takes virtually two days to get here, in reality about 18 hours, but you cross the International Date Line, so you feel a bit surreal and wonky

  4. Opening Night at Ambulante with Geoffrey Smith

    February 9, 2009

    I’m screening my film THE ENGLISH SURGEON at Ambulante, which begins in Mexico City and then goes onto some 20 towns and cities across Mexico for two months. Using Blu-ray DVDs and digital projectors, the festival organizers show a selection of incredible documentaries from around the world that most people in these communities would never otherwise hear

  5. International Report From the Field with Cynthia Kane

    January 30, 2009

    Greetings from DocsBarcelona!Earlier this week, I arrived in vibrant, charismatic Barcelona, Spain and attended the opening screening of 1973 Revolution per Minute, by Chilean director Fernando Valenzuela, and a welcome dinner afterward. By the way, the food is fantastic as is the wine! Joan Gonzalez, director of the festival, gave a warm welcome and