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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
Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose 2013 documentary Gideon’s Army won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award, the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. The film broadcast on HBO in July 2013 and has been used to engage… local communities about indigent defense, the U.S. justice system, and socioeconomic influences on crime. Porter’s other films include Spies of Mississippi (2014, Independent Lens/PBS) and Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, a documentary film chronicling President Obama’s program to help young men and boys of color succeed. Dawn interviewed President Obama for the film, which aired nationally on The Discovery Channel and The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2015. Porter is a Keppler Speaker, has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and is a returning guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Prior to her work as a filmmaker, Dawn was director of standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standard and practices at A&E Television Networks. She graduated from Swarthmore College and Georgetown Law Center and practiced law at the firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years.
Pete Nicks is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced projects for network, cable and public television. His directorial debut was the 2001 autobiographical documentary, The Wolf, which aired nationally on ABC. That film chronicled an addiction to cocaine that took him to street… corners, emergency rooms, prison, and finally recovery. Most recently he has produced documentaries for Frontline World and Bill Moyers. He has also directed media strategy for two social networking startups. He worked for two years as a producer for the innovative PBS documentary series Life 360 and later as staff producer for ABC News in New York. Nicks earned his Masters in documentary filmmaking from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999.
A writer and documentary filmmaker born in Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in Brooklyn, Bernardo Ruiz founded Quiet Pictures in 2007 to produce independent documentary projects at the intersection of journalism and film. He is the director/producer of American Experience: Roberto Clemente (PBS, 2008),… winner of the NCLR ALMA Award for Outstanding Made for Television Documentary. Most recently, he directed and produced Reportero (POV, 2013), a gripping look in to the world of Mexican journalists who cover organized crime and political corruption. Before starting Quiet Pictures, Ruiz worked as a freelance director/producer for a variety of media outlets, including PBS, National Geographic, Planet Green and MTV, among others. He studied documentary photography with Joel Sternfeld at Sarah Lawrence College. Before embarking on a career in documentary, he taught as an artist-in-residence in New York City public schools through Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (L.E.A.P.) He grew up in a household where education was a frequent topic of conversation — his mother has been a teacher of high-school Spanish for nearly 40 years.
Digital & Interactive
We’re creating new ways to share stories.
Recent Digital & Interactive Projects
In the wake of a devastating tornado that ripped through central Alabama in 2011 is a universal story of survival, healing, and resilience.
People can’t be expected to live more sustainable lives if they don’t know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.
A young man convicted of a violent crime is released into an AI surveillance-assisted, community service-based alternative to incarceration.