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  1. Doc Notes from Amsterdam

    December 10, 2010

    Last month, ITVS Vice President of Programming Claire Aguilar attended the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Claire offered a roundup of this year’s festival to BTB, which included a big win for Lucy Walker’s Waste Land (airing this season on Independent Lens), which picked up the Public Broadcaster IDFA Audience Award.

  2. International Call Profile: Koen Suidgeest

    December 8, 2010

    With fewer than five days to go before the International Call deadline, (December 10, 2010!), BTB is highlighting past recipients. This week, we turn to Koen Suidgeest and his film Karla’s Arrival, which explores the subculture of second-generation street kids in Managua, Nicaragua. The documentary tells the story through the experience of a

  3. Independent Lens Rack Up Awards at IDA

    December 7, 2010

    The IDA Documentary Awards took place last Friday in Los Angeles and Independent Lens films received high honors. Series Producer and ITVS Vice President Lois Vossen was on hand and filed this report to BTB. From the beginning, it was clear this would not be your usual staid awards ceremony. Director Morgan Spurlock and Eddie Schmidt, president of the IDA

  4. Two ITVS Films to Premiere at Sundance

    December 3, 2010

    Two  ITVS-funded films will have their documentary premiere at Sundance: Granito by filmmaker Pamela Yates and The Interrupters by filmmaker Steve James. In Yates’s Granito, an documentary film she made intertwines with Guatemala’s turbulent history and emerges as an active player in a nation’s struggle to heal itself and serve up justice.  The

  5. Lessons from the Lab: Digital DIY and Distribution U.

    December 2, 2010

    Last month Indies Lab Director Davin Hutchins went back to school to learn about “do-it-yourself” (DIY) distribution and filed this report for BTB. If you haven’t heard of the phrase “do-it-yourself” or “DIY distribution” then perhaps you have been too busy fundraising, shooting, or editing your latest documentary to notice. Or perhaps you live under a