The Polynesian football pipeline reaches from the Islands to Utah via the Mormon Church — and beyond there to the NFL.
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
Meet ITVS Filmmakers
Rita Baghdadi is a Moroccan-American filmmaker whose character-driven work has been supported by Netflix, AJ+, Film Independent, Technicolor, IFP, the International Documentary Association, and ITVS, and has screened in festivals worldwide. Through her company, Endless Eye, Rita has lensed commercial content for Gatorade, Bud Lite, and Taco… Show more Bell, among others. Currently, Rita was Director of Photography on Served Like a Girl, a feature documentary about female U.S military veterans competing in the Ms. Veteran America competition. Her documentary My Country, No More was awarded the International Documentary Association Pare Lorentz grant and a Film Independent Documentary Fellowship. When she's not filming, Rita is an active mentor with GlobalGirl Media, dedicated to empowering girls through documentary film training. She holds a B.A in Film from Columbia College Chicago. Show less
Christina D. King
Christina D. King is a Creek/Seminole filmmaker whose work focuses largely on civic engagement through storytelling and democratizing filmmaker opportunities for minority voices. King produced Up Heartbreak Hill (POV), a year in the life of three Navajo teens. King began her career in production on the feature films Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus… Show more and Che, among others, before moving on to work for Michael Moore on Capitalism: A Love Story and line produce for Ric Burns and Chris Eyre on Tecumseh’s Vision, as part of the American Experience: We Shall Remain series on Native American history. Her extensive work also includes associate producer for Election Day (POV), short films, productions for FOX, ABC, Showtime, HBO Films, and numerous commercials for clients such as Under Armour, Atlantic Records, and Toyota. Show less
Tony Vainuku’s first career aspirations began on the field, as a budding professional football player from Salt Lake City, UT. Years later, after his prospects of playing professional ball dead-ended, Tony was introduced to music video production, which he immediately fell in love with. He enrolled at Westminster College, UT to explore film production… Show more and found his niche in writing and storytelling. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Marketing, Tony founded a multi-media company, Soul Profile Productions, featuring in local sport promotions, wedding videos, web ads, and promos. In 2002, Tony produced and shot his first film, Makaveli, a music video themed short. Tony has since written a variety of TV concepts, short scripts, and documentaries. In addition, Tony launched the Soulpro clothing line. Show less
Digital & Interactive
We’re creating new ways to share stories.
Recent Digital & Interactive Projects
alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail.
Three stories of African American men from different socio-economic backgrounds and regions engaged in the beautiful struggle of fatherhood.
Follow Nicole and Kristan's journey to become fost-adopt parents, as they navigate through a bureaucratic maze on their way to parenthood.