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  1. New Digital Initiative Report: Scott Kirsner’s Case Study for I.O.U.S.A.

    March 3, 2009

    To keep up with the shifting landscape of new technology, ITVS commissioned author Scott Kirsner to find out what independent filmmakers are doing in the field. Wordplay filmmaker Patrick Creadon’s latest documentary, I.O.U.S.A., focuses on the precarious state of the country’s finances. Creadon found an unusual partner for the film: the Peter G.

  2. Filmmaker Profile: David Herman, FAIR PLAY

    March 2, 2009

    David Herman says that while the setting and tenor of his documentary FAIR PLAY are located in England, the story’s themes are universal. The film revolves around a troupe of actors with learning disabilities, filmed throughout the production of The Choice, an acclaimed play about abortion. Against the backdrop of rehearsals, the players confront the

  3. “Media as a Global Diplomat” Videos and Recap

    February 27, 2009

    With a new administration in office, improving the U.S. image abroad and creating more opportunities for Americans to connect with people around the world through new technologies have taken on greater urgency in American foreign policy. President Barack Obama’s debut TV interview was with the Arab TV network Al-Arabiya. Secretary of State Hillary

  4. 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

  5. The Chicago Cultural Center Presents ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING

    February 24, 2009

    It was a full house at the Chicago Cultural Center this past weekend at the Community Cinema screening of ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING, co-presented by Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and WTTW Channel 11. Set against the turbulent relationship between the United States and Iran, Iranian-American filmmaker