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  1. Powerbroker Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell on How Her Youth Shaped Her Film

    February 15, 2013

    Filmmaker Bonnie Boswell has an unusually close tie to her forthcoming film, The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights. Whitney Young, Jr., was her uncle and his parents helped raise her. Independent Lens sat down with Boswell to learn more about how her early life influenced her film. The Powerbroker premieres February 18 at 10pm PST on

  2. Letters to Barbara: ‘When I Rise’ Streaming on PBS Video

    February 8, 2013

    When I Rise tells the story of a gifted black music student at the University of Texas who is thrust into a civil-rights storm that changes her life forever. Filmmaker Mat Hames shares a critical step in making the documentary, which is currently streaming on PBS Video.              Watch When I Rise - Center Point: A Musical Legacy on PBS. See more from

  3. What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? Part 3: Late Production

    January 7, 2013

    By N'Jeri EatonProgramming Manager, ITVSThe third and final installment of our Open Call “Work-in-Progress” series focuses on the determined filmmaking duo behind Give Up Tomorrow, whose dogged persistence in refining their work-in-progress finally resulted in their film being greenlit. Having successfully submitted to ITVS Open Call, they

  4. What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? Part 2: The Veteran Filmmaker

    January 6, 2013

    The ITVS Open Call deadline is only five days away, making it the perfect time to read the next installment of our ‘work –in-progress’ series. Submitting an enticing ‘work-in-progress’ can be difficult, even for the veteran filmmaker. Today, we bring you As Goes Janesville’s  Brad Lichtenstein, who despite having vast filmmaking experience, had to

  5. What Makes a Good Work-in-Progress? Part 1: Early Production

    January 4, 2013

    With the ITVS Open Call deadline right around the corner (next week in fact!), BTB brings you the first in a three part series breaking down the elusive ‘work-in-progress’. Here at ITVS, one of the most asked questions is "What Makes a Good Work in Progress?" Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. The answer can vary depending on what material you have,