Beginning Monday, March 4, PBS will launch the second annual Online Film Festival, showcasing 25 short films from independent filmmakers. The festival will last through March 22 and can be accessed via the PBS website and PBS’s YouTube channel.
PBS announced yesterday that its popular PBS Online Film Festival will return for a second year, beginning Monday, March 4, 2013. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite short film from March 4 through March 22, to help determine the People’s Choice Award.
Also, check out ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead online film festival, screening free documentaries throughout the month of March.
A sumptuous new photo and video narrative website launched this week. Edits Quarterly by Portland-based designer Ian Coyle defies the categories of magazine and website altogether. Please take a look (tip: scroll down with your mouse); (via Gizmodo). Continue reading →
Hard work is what separates good taste from great stories, Ira Glass says. Now, you can watch the beloved storyteller’s interview on the secrets to success in a short motion graphics video by filmmaker David Shiyang Liu.
How do you take a documentary idea from inception to production? And how do you present it to the right policymakers? Filmmaker Mary Mazzio talks about her experience making The Apple Pushers, a documentary about street vendors in New York City’s food deserts, narrated by Edward Norton.
Sure, Valentine’s is over, but can you ever get your fill of romance? Discover the meaning of an Italian “love lock” from this whimsical short documentary nominated for Shooting People’s monthly film competition.
Legendary filmmaker Errol Morris has worked as a private eye, traveled to Crimea based on two sentences by Susan Sontag, and dodged an ashtray thrown at his head by philosopher Thomas Kuhn. The man is fascinating. Read about Morris’s latest projects in Smithsonian Magazine.
ITVS films received four out of five nominations in the Best Documentary category for the 2011 Gotham Awards. The award ceremony will take place on November 28th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York.
ITVS nearly got a clean sweep in the Best Documentary category of the IFP Gotham Awards with ITVS films receiving four out of the five nominations. Check out the list of ITVS Best Documentary nominees along with their trailers after the jump >> Continue reading →
The new International Call deadline is December 10, 2010
ATTENTION all non-U.S. filmmakers, the new International Call deadline of December 10, 2010 is quickly approaching.
Join us this Wednesday November 24 for a live chat here at 5 AMPacific Standard Time. ITVS Programming Manager Cynthia Kane will be taking your questions so be sure and find out what time the chat is for you.
All questions are welcome on the application process; tips on writing a compelling treatment; what ITVS staff is looking for; what we want in a work-in-progress; what happens if you’re funded; and so forth. Continue reading →
With the Diversity Development Fund (DDF) deadline approaching this Friday, ITVS Programming Manager Karim Ahmad will be taking your DDF questions today from NOON to 1:00pm PST in a live chat.
All questions are welcome on the application process; tips on writing a compelling treatment; what ITVS staff is looking for; what happens if you’re funded, etc, etc.
ITVS' Karim Ahmad
Get your questions ready and log on below to ask Karim about the DDF funding process.
About the DDF: The DDF provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to independent producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Projects should speak to the ITVS mission to serve under-served audiences with programs that take creative risks, explore complex issues, inspire dialogue and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television.
Filmmaker Meghan Eckman spoke to BTB this week about her film The Parking Lot Movie, which premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, October 19th. The film will also be screened tonight in San Francisco at the parking lot across from The Good Hotel at 7 PM.
Congratulations on your film. Give us a little background on the movie and what inspired you to make it.
One of my friends was a parking lot attendant at this lot and he suggested that someone make a movie about it. I volunteered, and showed up the next day with my video camera.
Once we started filming, it became immediately apparent to me that this parking lot was very film-worthy. And once I started doing interviews with former parking attendants, I realized it needed to be a feature.
The parking lot has great myths and lore attached to it. It’s legendary in Charlottesville. Once I started filming, I got to uncover why it was legendary and what made it so special.
Is this little parking lot in Charlottesville really a microcosm of America or, shall I say, humanity? Continue reading →
Lois Vossen, VP of ITVS & Series Producer of Independent Lens
With the September 24deadline for Independent Lens approaching, and the new season premiering next month, BTB has decided to give you an intimate, inside look at how the Emmy Award-wining series gets made.
Lois Vossen is the show’s series producer and vice president of ITVS. We sat down with her recently to learn about the curating process behind the program, and what she looks for in an Independent Lens film.
What happened to the villagers who were misled into appearing as backward and ignorant Kazakhs in the film Borat?
We find out in Carmen Meets Borat, airing Sunday, September 5 on Global Voices on PBS WORLD. Director Mercedes Stalenhoef follows the life of 17-year-old Carmen, who dreams of skipping town for a better life in Spain.
Her plans to emigrate are spoiled, however, when an American film crew arrives to shoot Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
The village is used in the movie to show where the main character comes from, and Borat depicts the villagers as primitive caricatures Continue reading →