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  1. A Special Screening of MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN in San Francisco

    April 8, 2009

    Earlier this week, members of the San Francisco Commonwealth Club gathered for the screening of Sedika Mojadidi's MOTHERLAND AFGHANISTAN, co-produced by ITVS and presented by the Americans for UNFPA. The subject matter of the film is harsh, real and gritty. Afghanistan has the second largest maternal mortality rate in the world. But somehow the film's

  2. Watch MILKING THE RHINO Tonight on Independent Lens

    April 7, 2009

    Everyone has seen a nature documentary with a ferocious kill on the Serengeti Plain. Well, here's a different story about villagers navigating the dangers and costs of living with wildlife. The Maasai of Kenya and Namibia's Himba people are vying to share a piece of the eco-tourism pie. But can they fulfill the expectations of Westerners without

  3. Public Launch of the Independent Digital Distribution Lab

    April 6, 2009

    In honor of our new “Independent Digital Distribution Lab,” which we’re publicly launching this week, here are three reasons the Internet is GREAT for filmmakers: 1. Distribution: easy and cheap! 2. Niche markets and social networks at your fingertips! 3. Kiss the middlemen goodbye! And here are three reasons the Internet is TERRIBLE for filmmakers:

  4. CRIPS AND BLOODS Live Webcast Panel Discussion April 14

    April 6, 2009

    It’s a civil war that’s lasted 40 years. Passed down from son to son. Fought eye for an eye. Over 15,000 dead and counting, while the world stands by. Welcome to South Central Los Angeles. But what’s at the root of this long-standing battle? In CRIPS AND BLOODS: Made in America, filmmaker Stacy Peralta hits the streets of LA and speaks with former and current

  5. International Report From the Field with Cynthia Kane

    April 3, 2009

    It’s Cynthia Kane once again reporting in from Cannes in the South of France. No, not from the renowned film festival, but from one of the two huge television markets held twice a year in the springtime––MIPDOC and MIPTV. MIPDOC takes place on the weekend; however, this year I did not attend since Kathryn Washington, ITVS programming manager, and I were in New