Producer Tips on How to Start a Podcast

ITVS’ Steve Goldbloom shares his notes from a podcasting workshop held on Sunday at the National Conference for Media Reform in Boston.


After listening to passionate seminars on the future of Public Media, net-neutrality, and the new rules of journalism — it was nice to finally get a chance to play in the sandbox.

That is NCRM’s Media and Technology Sandbox, which have been running at various times throughout the three-day conference. Sunday’s workshop offered a crash course on assembling a podcast and was led by Free Press’ Stevie Converse, co-host of the weekly podcast Media Minutes.
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Hey Filmmakers – The LINCS Deadline is on June 18th

Hey filmmakers — the LINCS deadline is on June 18, so if you haven’t already contacted a potential station partner, now is the time to do so.

Do you have questions about LINCS funding and how to successfully partner with a public television station? Recently ITVS Director of Programming Erica Deiparine-Sugars and LINCS Production Manager Robby Fahey joined DocuMentors for their ongoing expert interview series Doc Talks. The ITVS team revealed strategies for a successful LINCS application and station partnership.

Also joining the conversation was filmmaker Monika Navarro, whose film Lost Souls (Animas Perdidas) was funded by LINCS and was produced in association with WGBH-Boston. Lost Souls aired this season on Independent Lens.

Listen to the LINCS Doc Talks interview here >>

Podcast Interview with Vice President and Indie Lens Series Producer

Another season of Independent Lens is quickly coming to an end––concluding with THE ORDER OF MYTHS, which looks at a complex story about race relations at America’s oldest Mardi Gras, airing June 9 at 10:00, and ASK NOT, a film that explores the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, premiering June 16 at 10:00 PM (check local listings).

In this audio excerpt of an interview from earlier this year, Vice President and Independent Lens Series Producer Lois Vossen explains how ITVS works with PBS stations to support our mission to take creative risks, tackle complex issues and express points of view seldom explored in the media. She also discusses what types of viewers are drawn to the series.

Download the interview on iTunes for free (TRT: 13:00) >>

Listen to all the podcast audio excerpts >>

Podcast Interview with Vice President and Indie Lens Series Producer

Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard has been host of Independent Lens for the past three seasons. Find out how he was selected as host, his long-time interest in PBS and more about the series history in the latest except from the podcast interview with Lois Vossen, vice president and series producer

Over the next several months, be sure to check out the blog to hear more excerpts and learn about the series and public media.

Download the interview on iTunes for free (TRT: 2:30) >>

Vice President and Indie Lens Series Producer Discusses Filmmaking Trends

What are some of the latest trends in documentary film? Lois Vossen, vice president and series producer for Independent Lens, discusses what she has seen on the film festival circuit and films submitted to ITVS. Listen to her exclusive interview with Beyond the Box Blog.

Download the interview on iTunes for free (TRT: 3 minutes) >>

New Digital Initiative Report: Scott Kirsner’s Case Study for I.O.U.S.A.

To keep up with the shifting landscape of new technology, ITVS commissioned author Scott Kirsner to find out what independent filmmakers are doing in the field.

Wordplay filmmaker Patrick Creadon’s latest documentary, I.O.U.S.A., focuses on the precarious state of the country’s finances. Creadon found an unusual partner for the film: the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a New York based non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility.

The foundation’s single goal has been to get the film seen by as many people as possible. They experimented with unorthodox marketing and distribution strategies––including ITVS Community Cinema screenings, a Facebook page and a 30-minute version of the film for free viewing on the Web.

Read the case study on I.O.U.S.A. >>

Listen to the podcast with filmmaker Patrick Creadon (TRT: 11 minutes) >>

Be sure to check out other case studies and interviews with Byron Hurt (HIP-HOP: Beyond Beats and Rhymes), Katy Chevigny (ELECTION DAY), Curt Ellis (KING CORN), Hunter Weeks and Josh Caldwell (10 MPH), Tiffany Shlain (THE TRIBE) and Brad Lichtenstein (WHAT WE GOT) for their perspectives on distributing and marketing films.

Get Scott Kirsner’s “Top Five Digital Strategies for Social Issue Filmmakers” >>

Podcast Interview with Wangari Maathai

How does the simple act of planting trees lead to winning the Nobel Peace Prize? Listen to the audio podcast interview with Dr. Wangari Maathai to find out.

Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Wangari Maathai’s simple act grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy––a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

In this exclusive interview, Wangari discusses the upcoming Independent Lens program TAKING ROOT: The Vision of Wangari Mathaai and her commitment to environmental, social and economic justice.

Download the interview on iTunes for free
(TRT: 15 minutes) >>

Making her Beyond the Box Podcast Debut, Lois Vossen

To kick off this season of Independent Lens, Lois Vossen, vice president and series producer, sat down with Phil Zimmerman, blog editor, to talk about the PBS series for the very first Beyond the Box audio iTunes podcast.

In this excerpt, Lois discusses the history of the series and how ITVS got involved. Over the next few months, be sure to check out the blog to learn more about the series and public media.

Download the interview on iTunes for free (TRT: 5 minutes) >>