Live Chat with Filmmaker Marshall Curry

POV invites you to join filmmaker Marshall Curry (If a Tree Falls, Racing Dreams) for a live chat today at 11AM PT / 2PM ET.  Follow this link to participate in the live chat.

Participating in the live chat will be Marshall Curry, director of Racing Dreams and the Oscar-nominated film If a Tree Falls, along with a special guest, driver Annabeth Barnes, who was featured in Curry’s POV documentary Racing Dreams. Join the chat TODAY for a chance to ask both Marshall and Annabeth your questions at 11AM PT / 2PM ET!

Guess the Oscars with ITVS

It’s Academy Awards time again and this year ITVS has not one, but two horses in the Oscar race! Among the films selected for best documentary were two ITVS programs: Hell and Back Again by Danfung Dennis and If a Tree Falls by filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman (broadcast last September on POV). Hell and Back Again airs on May 24, 2012 at 10 PM and on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, both nights at 10 PM on Independent Lens.

We wanted to do something fun in anticipation of Sunday’s festivities, so we whipped up a quick little ballot for you to fill out and submit, to see how many of you can guess the outcome in several major categories. We’ll accept ballot entries (one per user, please!) up until 5 PM PST on Sunday, February 26, 2012. We’ll randomly select five entries from among the highest scores for personal glory and some special surprises.

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Oscar Nominated Filmmakers Visit Talk of The Nation

Filmmakers Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Marshall Curry (If A Tree Falls) appeared separately on NPR this week to discuss their respective films — both of which have been nominated for an Academy Award. Listen to the interviews with host Neal Conan, below:

Hell and Back Again
“After so many years of war, society’s become numb to pictures of conflict, and so I felt like I had to move into a new medium to try to shake people from their indifference.” — Danfung Dennis on Hell and Back Again (the documentary will premiere on Independent Lens on May 24 and nationwide on Memorial Day). LISTEN TO FULL INTERVIEW HERE.


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“If a Tree Falls” Filmmaker Reacts to Oscar Nomination

By Steve Goldbloom, Reporting for PBS and BTB at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival

Sam Cullman, co-director and cinematographer of If a Tree Falls reacts to his Oscar Nomination, which he learned about on Tuesday at Sundance.

The movie takes a behind-the-scenes look at Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls the “number one domestic terrorism threat” in America. If a Tree Falls aired on POV this past fall.

Oscar Nominees for Best Doc Include: Hell and Back Again & If a Tree Falls

Early Tuesday morning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this year’s Oscar nominees. Among the films selected for best documentary were two ITVS programs: Hell and Back Again by Danfung Dennis (coming to Independent Lens on May 24) and If a Tree Falls by filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman (broadcast last September on POV). BTB will be speaking with filmmakers Dennis and Cullman later today in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival to get their reaction on the nomination. Until then, join us in congratulating the filmmakers and watch the trailers below:

Find the complete list of nominated film here.

ITVS in the News

A sampling of coverage from The New York Times, Realscreen.com, and more…

The New York Times: Dot Earth Blog: If a Tree Falls, Can it when an Oscar?
…an extraordinary documentary by the brilliant young filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman that explores the prosecution of members of the Earth Liberation Front for a series of costly arson fires.

The New York Times: Year-End Lists: Top Ten Movies of 2011
David Weissman’s documentary We Were Here was among the top films (fiction & documentary) selected by Stephen Holden.

Womens eNews: Daughters of Imprisoned Moms Regroup for a Sequel
Troop 1500, rebroadcasting tonight on PBS’s Independent Lens, is about Girl Scouts who trek together to visit mothers behind bars. Director Ellen Spiro talks here about the reunion sequel she is making with the daughters, five years later.

Realscreen.com: PBS unveils 2012 Black History Month line-up
U.S. public broadcaster PBS has unveiled the programming for Black History Month in February, including a number of specials and feature docs looking at a variety of historical events from the post-Emancipation era to the rise of the Black Power movement.

Visit our pressroom to find additional coverage of ITVS programs >>

The Oscar Speculation Continues with If a Tree Falls

The New York Times Dot Earth blog recently featured Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman’s ITVS-funded documentary If a Tree Falls. The film takes an in-depth look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI called the “number one domestic terrorism threat” in America.

Watch the trailer for If a Tree Falls after the jump.
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This Week on POV: If a Tree Falls

The documentary lifts the veil on a radical environmental group that the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” 

ITVS-funded filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman’s documentary If a Tree Falls will air Tuesday, September 13 on POV.  The film offers a behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental organization that the FBI calls the “number one domestic terrorism threat” in America. Check out the trailer after the jump…
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If A Tree Falls Opens in NYC

The documentary will premiere at the IFC in New York City on June 22.

Filmmakers Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman are happy to announce the theatrical release of their documentary If a Tree Falls, which premieres at the IFC in New York City on June 22 and will move on to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC, among other cities. The film offers a behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental organization that the FBI calls the “number one domestic terrorism threat” in America.
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A Social Media Recap of ITVS@Sundance

ITVS staff and films were all over this year’s Sundance Film Festival and we have the tweets to prove it. Our own social media guru Jonathan Archer (@jonarcher) storified a week’s worth of ITVS-related events in Park City including the Sundance Documentary Editing Award for If a Tree Falls.

Bring yourself up to speed with the social media story below…

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