Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart tells the dramatic story of Lorraine Hansberry, the young, gifted and black woman who chose words to fight injustice—on stage and off.
From acclaimed independent films to groundbreaking interactive stories. See the projects we help drive and create.
We fund untold stories that reach millions of people on public television and beyond. Our award-winning films premiere on Independent Lens, POV, American Masters, and FRONTLINE.
Recent film Projects
An exploration of the devastating toll on poor women as the Philippines struggles with reproductive health policy and the politics of Catholic ideology.
A fiercely self-determined family in the deep south resists despair with love in this unique narrative of Black achievement.
Meet ITVS Filmmakers
Miguel "M.i.G." Martinez
Miguel M.i.G. Martinez moved to the U.S. from San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico at the age of ten. After graduating from high school in Virginia, he began his career by hosting and producing the first Spanish/English bilingual radio show in the region. In 2008, Miguel began production on his first feature film, Farewell Ferris Wheel with fellow… Show more Virginian, Jamie Sisley. Two years later, the film won the TAA Creative Promise Award from the Tribeca Film Institute, and was selected for Film Independent's Documentary Lab and the Firelight Media Producers’ Lab. Miguel is currently collaborating with the Grammy Award-winning group Ozomatli on a series of music videos, as well as continuing to pursue his passion for photography with clients such as Carlos Santana and Barco's Nightingales Foundation. Show less
Ramona S. Diaz
Ramona Diaz is an Asian American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films, resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. Ramona’s credits include
Spirits Rising (Student Academy Award, Ida Lupino DGA Award, Golden Gate Award from the SFIFF, IDA Certificate of Merit);… Show more Imelda (Excellence in Cinematography Award, 2004 Sundance, IDA ABCNews Videosource Award, Independent Lens in 2005); The Learning (IDA Humanitas Award nomination, POV in 2011); Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012 Tribeca Film Fest, closing night of the San Francisco International FF, opening night of 2012 Silverdocs (now AFIDocs); aired on Independent Lens in 2014).
Diaz has received funding from ITVS, CAAM, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Sundance, Tribeca, Catapult Film Fund, and Chicken & Egg. She was awarded a Fellowship by the Bogliasco Foundation in the autumn of 2015 where she was in residence at the Bogliasco Study Center in Italy, and she received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for film and video. She is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an M.A. in communication from Stanford University. Show less
Loira Limbal (Director/Producer) is an Afro-Latinx filmmaker interested in creating nuanced and revelatory portraits of the lives of working class women of color. Her first film, Estilo Hip Hop, was a co-production of ITVS and aired on PBS in 2009. She is currently the Vice President and Documentary Lab Director at Firelight Media. Firelight is… Show more committed to making films about pivotal movements and people in American history. Recent productions include: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Summer, and Freedom Riders. Firelight's flagship program - the Documentary Lab - is a fellowship that provides mentorship, funding, and access to emerging filmmakers of color. Limbal is currently directing Through the Night, a feature documentary about a 24-hour daycare center in New Rochelle, NY. Additionally, she co-produces and helms the popular monthly #APartyCalledRosiePerez. For over fifteen years, Limbal has worked in the non-profit sector with a focus on cultural production, access, and representation. Limbal received a B.A. in History from Brown University and is a graduate of the Third World Newsreel's Film and Video Production Training Program. She lives in the Bronx with her two children. Show less
Digital & Interactive
We’re creating new ways to share stories.
Recent Digital & Interactive Projects
Watch the stories of undocumented young people as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship.
Inspired by Jeff Chang’s acclaimed collection of essays, this series asks the questions: why and how did we become so divided? What can we do now to be alright?
alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail.