This year ITVS celebrates 25 years of taking creative risks as one of the leading investors and incubators of independent documentaries in the US. As we look to the future, we want to honor the filmmakers and partners who continue to share the bold stories of a diverse, global community. What better occasion than the International Documentary Association’s Getting Real Conference, where doc makers from around the world will gather to share insight, expertise, and inspiration about our field. Join us Wednesday evening, September 28th for our 25th anniversary party. Eat, drink, and play with fire.
IDA’s Getting Real 2016 runs Sept. 27-29th. Find ITVS at three special panel presentations open for filmmakers and industry professionals registered for the conference:
- Here’s What Really Happened: (T)ERROR — co-director Lyric Cabral and Independent Lens‘ Lois Vossen take us on a privileged journey through the ups and downs and back alleys of the first film to document an active FBI counterterrorism investigation; moderated by filmmaker Robert Greene.
- Here’s What Really Happened: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — filmmaker Stanley Nelson and PBS’s Marie Nelson take us inside the intense decision-making process that made Black Panthers one of the most impactful documentaries of the past year.
- Here’s What Really Happening: The Force — featuring the producers of The Force, a film about the Oakland Police Department currently in production, including director Peter Nicks (The Waiting Room) and ITVS’s own David Eisenberg; the panel, moderated by ITVS’s Noland Walker, will offer a candid discussion as the filmmaking team reconcile their shifting understandings of community, consequence, and the imperatives of making their film.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work ITVS has done over the past 25 years,” said Sally Jo Fifer, President and CEO of ITVS. “In 1991, Congress charged us to produce creative documentaries that give voice to underserved communities and distribute them to the public for free, and we have fulfilled that charge. Just last week, we won our 28th Emmy in the News and Documentary Category. We will continue to build on our success and produce films that reflect society and inspire thoughtful conversation, well into the next 25 years and beyond.”
Meanwhile, the ITVS 25th Anniversary reception at Le Jardin (1430 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles) on Wednesday, September 28, 5-7 pm, will feature opening remarks by ITVS President Sally Jo Fifer, and will be emceed by producer and star of Meet the Patels Ravi Patel.
“ITVS was the first and original supporter of Meet the Patels when we started this journey almost eight years ago,” said Ravi Patel. “They believed in us when nobody else did, and continued to support us in the six years we spent making this thing, and again now during our nationwide release on PBS. I’m sorry they have to put up with me for one more night.”
Oh yes, and there will be fire eating.
We’re celebrating our 25th year with a new look, new logo, and new digs — come check out ITVS HQ in San Francisco next time you’re in town.
Want to be part of the ITVS team? We’re hiring! Go online and find out how to apply: