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    Handheld by Sheer Necessity: Midnight Traveler

    July 26, 2019

    Midnight Traveler was shot entirely on three cell phones out of sheer necessity. An autoethnographic film about a family in flight, the three-year journey follows filmmakers Hassan Fazili, Fatima Hussaini, and their two girls Zahra and Nargis fleeing Afghanistan, attempting to seek asylum in Germany because of a death bounty on Hassan. Due to its

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    Our five favorite big ideas from ITVS Independents Summit

    July 22, 2019

    We just wrapped the ITVS Independents Summer Summit, a week-long gathering for filmmakers and industry leaders to explore the opportunities and roadblocks that shape the contemporary documentary industry.We kicked off the Summit at Alamo Drafthouse with a preview screening of films from our most recent Open Call, and we ended the week at SPiN, where we

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    Let's Talk Industry Sustainability at ITVS Independents Summit

    July 11, 2019

    Congratulations to the ITVS Independent Summit participants. We are thrilled to announce the visionary filmmakers who will be attending this summer's ITVS Independents Summit.Ryah Aqel Phil Bertelsen Margaret ByrneChrista CassanoLauren Cioffi Chico ColvardReilly Dowd Alejandro FloresRobie FloresReed HarknessSu KimDaresha KyiMarianela

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    Sugar Shakers, Handbags, and Resistance: Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria

    June 21, 2019

    Placards are pieces of history. They show us verve. They show us wit. They show us pain and personality. They are floating, gripped, vital statements of resistance, rendering the individual voices of protest visible. The protests and riots of our times are documented and extended through social media, creating long-lasting visual histories that live

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    Visualizing the Modern Digital Age

    June 12, 2019

    In the land of memes, baby photos, and selfies, social media can serve many purposes for users. Social media not only connects friends and families who are wide distances apart but also allows users to author their own stories. The Instagram grid can be an archive of personal growth, while Facebook videos can narrate lived experiences.  For many