Fundraising in a New Media Landscape: Three Lessons From Sundance

This year, three ITVS-supported films premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris showcased both his feature film and transmedia project as a part of New Frontier, a program that showcases multi-media storytelling. These projects inspired ITVS to create a panel focusing on the challenges of fundraising for documentary and transmedia projects.

Kamal Sinclair, Sr. Manager Sundance New Frontier Story Lab; Jim Sommers, Sr. Vice President of Content at ITVS; N'Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager at ITVS; Thomas Allen Harris, Through A Lens Darkly and Digital Diaspora Family Reunion; Shukree Tilghman, More Than A Month and More Than A Mapp app; Kay Shaw, Director of Public Media Corps at NBPC

Pictured (L-R): Kamal Sinclair, Sr. Manager Sundance New Frontier Story Lab; Jim Sommers, Senior Vice President of Content at ITVS; N’Jeri Eaton, Programming Manager at ITVS; Thomas Allen Harris, Through A Lens Darkly and Digital Diaspora Family Reunion; Shukree Tilghman, More Than A Month and More Than A Mapp app; Kay Shaw, Director of Public Media Corps at NBPC

The panel marked ITVS’s first event with the Blackhouse Foundation. For the last seven years, Blackhouse has held a venue at the Sundance Film Festival as a place that both celebrates Black cinema and provides networking opportunities for filmmakers.

The panel was packed with experts in the field who could speak specifically to the challenges facing filmmakers. Panelists included Director of Public Media Corps Kay Shaw from the National Black Programming Consortia; Senior Manager Kamal Sinclair from the Sundance New Frontier Story Lab; filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris of Through a Lens Darkly and its transmedia component Digital Diaspora Family  Reunion, and myself.  The panel was moderated by filmmaker Shukree Tilghman, who also went through the film/transmedia funding gauntlet with his film More Than A Month and the related phone app More Than A Mapp. Continue reading

ITVS Co-Presents Two Films at CAAMFest!

For the next 10 days, the Center for Asian America Media presents CAAMFest, a celebration of film, music, food and digital media form the world’s most innovative Asian and Asian American artists.

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Yesterday marked the beginning of the 2013 CAAMFest, formerly known as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and ITVS could not be more excited to co-present two of the films featured in this year’s festival, The Mosuo Sisters and Xmas Without China.

This year, in an effort to transition away from the traditional film festival, CAAM has embraced new forms of artistic expression with a spirit of curiosity and adventure. Come celebrate the festival through various live events, multimedia performances, and expanded ventures into the music and culinary worlds. With such a wide variety of entertainment to choose from, Bay Area participants will be able to enjoy Asian American media in all its various forms.

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Join NBPC for the Season Finale of Black Folk Don’t: Get Married

The National Black Programming Consortium will present an online screening and discussion of Black Folk Don’t: Get Married on Wednesday, August 1 at 1pm PT / 4pm ET. Series creator Angela Tucker will participate in the event, which will take place here.

 

The National Black Programming Consortium is hosting a social screening of the season finale of Black Folk Don’t, a satirical, documentary web series that challenges common stereotypes. Provocative, irreverent, and engaging, Black Folk Don’t asks uncomfortable questions and stirs dialogue about common assumptions of the behavior of black people.

This episode of the Black Folk Don’t web series tackles a long-standing institution, marriage. Do black folk get married? You wouldn’t think so based on all the media coverage around unmarried black women. Join series creator Angela Tucker as she discusses the episode, the issue, and the future of the next Black Folk Don’t season! Continue reading

Marriage Equality: A Special ITVS Social Screening of Thomas Allen Harris’s Short Documentary

ITVS presents an online social screening of Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness on Tuesday, June 12th at 1PM PT / 4PM ET. The event will take place here.

A still from "Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing and the Fight for Fairness"

When President Obama stated his support for gay marriage a few weeks ago, the headlines were splashed across news outlets around the the world. For Pride Month, the National Black Programming Consortium launched a film made by Thomas Allen Harris – the first film to illuminate the role of African Americans in securing same-sex marriage as a Civil Right! Continue reading

ITVS and NBPC Present a Social Screening of Have You Heard from Johannesburg

A special online-only screening of the film’s first installment will take place here at 1 PM PT/4 PM ET on Friday, January 13. Filmmaker Connie Field’s five-part series on the history of the global anti-apartheid movement premiered Thursday on Independent Lens.

ITVS and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) are thrilled to welcome viewers to an interactive screening of Have You Heard from Johannesburg.

Held exclusively online, participants have the ability to sign in through Facebook (or directly on the site) and engage with each other in real time, while screening the film.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with The Storm That Swept Mexico

ITVS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Raymond Telles’ documentary and interactive website on the complex historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces that shaped the Mexican Revolution and its legacy.

The Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century, not only changed the course of Mexican history, but also profoundly impacted its relationships with the rest of the world. The Storm That Swept Mexico, produced in association with Latino Public Broadcasting, looks at the complex historical, social, political, economic, and cultural forces that shaped the Revolution, influenced its course and determined its consequences and legacy.

Watch The Storm That Swept Mexico throughout Hispanic Heritage Month on PBS (check local listings).
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Live Chat: “Black Folk Don’t…What?”, Aug. 30 at 4:30 PM EST

Are there some things you’ve heard “black folk don’t…” do? Join the live chat with filmmaker Angela Tucker and comedian Baratunde Thurston on Tuesday, Aug. 30th at  4:30 PM EST, brought to you by our friends at the National Black Programming Consortium.

BlackPublicMedia.org is hosting a live web chat for the Black Folk Don’t… web series which explores the grey areas between stereotype and truth. The chat will feature comedian and blogger for The Onion Baratunde Thurston. Join Baratunde and series producer Angela Tucker as they respond to your questions about the series and your own “Black Folk Don’t-isms.”

 

A New Web Series from NBPC

The National Black Programming Consortium has introduced a new web series called Black Folk Don’t — an anecdotal idea and concept based on negative stereotypes.

You can find the trailer for NBPC’s new series below…