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  1. Independent Filmmakers See ITVS as New Family

    February 10, 2012

    Twenty filmmakers rallied in San Francisco this week to participate in ITVS's latest producers orientation for Open Call funding. Among the crop were filmmakers Jamila Wignot and Sierra Pettengill, whose documentary Town Hall examines three personalities who become emblematic figures of the Tea Party Movement. The pair offered BTB this recap of their

  2. Filmmaker Sharon La Cruise Discusses Daisy Bates Biopic with Hari Sreenivasan

    February 2, 2012

    The documentary Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock will air Thursday, February 2 on Independent Lens to kick off Black History Month. Recently, PBS NEWSHOUR's Hari Sreenivasan caught up with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to discuss the project.The film examines the life of Daisy Bates — a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the

  3. Filmmakers of "The House I Live In" Respond to Sundance Premiere

    January 27, 2012

    The House I Live In premiered last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. The film weaves together director Eugene Jarecki's personal narrative with America's war on drugs. Here, producers including Sam Cullman, Melinda Shopsin, Danny Glover, and director Eugene Jarecki — reflect on the film and its Sundance premiere.

  4. Filmmakers of "The Invisible War" Reflect on Sundance Premiere

    January 27, 2012

    This past weekend, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering premiered their documentary The Invisible War at the Sundance Film Festival. The film examines the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, the institutions that cover up its existence, and the profound personal and social consequences that arise from it. Watch the video below as

  5. "Hell and Back Again" Filmmaker Danfung Dennis Reacts to Oscar Nomination

    January 24, 2012

    Danfung Dennis woke up this morning in Park City as an Academy Award nominated filmmaker for his documentary Hell and Back Again. The film weaves together two overlapping narratives of a Marine at war on the front and in recovery at home. BTB caught up with the filmmaker earlier today on Main St at the Sundance Film Festival.Hell and Back Again will air on May