ITVS recently approved funding for the documentary God Loves Uganda by filmmakers Roger Ross Williams (Director/Producer) and Julie Goldman (Producer).
God Loves Uganda is a journey into the heart of East Africa, where Ugandan pastors and their American counterparts spread God’s word and evangelical values to millions desperate for a better life. Inspired by his own roots in the African American Baptist church, director Roger Ross Williams seeks to explore a place where religion and African culture intersect.
The documentary, by filmmakers Macky Alston and Sandra Itkoff, explores issues of faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal Church — focusing on the first openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
“The agents of change in America are the folks who I know to watch PBS,” said director Macky Alston when asked about why public media was the right fit for the documentary. Hear more from the filmmakers of The Truth Will Set You Free in the exclusive ITVS Production interview below.
Filmmaker Vangie Griego explains why her documentary God Willing was destined for Public Television. The film airs this April, check local listings.
Making God Willing was my educational journey to understand why my nephew, Daniel Garcia and young people like him, make the radical choice to abandon their former lives and families to join the Jim Roberts’ Group — a highly secretive and nomadic group who believe they are the only ones on the true path to salvation.
The two part PBS miniseries, which follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey as they train to become professional clergy, had its broadcast premiere on Monday night.
Series Director and Executive Producer of The Calling Danny Alpert offered BTB his thoughts on how young people today choose to embrace faith compared to previous generations.
The PBS miniseries The Calling premieres tonight on Independent Lens (check local listings). The documentary by a team of directors and led by Series Director and Executive Producer Danny Alpert, follows seven Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey as they train to become professional clergy.
Enjoy this clip from The Calling below and tune into the broadcast tonight.
A few months back, filmmaker Danny Alpert dropped by the ITVS headquarters in San Francisco and spoke with BTB about his film. Continue reading →
Filmmaker Danny Alpert sheds light on the team responsible for the upcoming PBS miniseries The Calling, which airs December 20 and 21 on Independent Lens (check local listings). On Thursday, December 9, from 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET join Independent Lens, WTTW, and the Art Institute of Chicago for an exclusive social media screening of The Calling on the Independent Lens Facebook fan page or on our Livestream channel before it airs on PBS.
I’ve been working on The Callingfor so long that last week I went back to investigate when it was actually started. What I found made me laugh — the first concept development draft was dated December 20, 2002 — exactly eight years to the day before the broadcast date.
From tug-boat artists to jazz musicians, the What’s Your Calling campaign has conducted a host of interviews to find out what kinds of service people have been called to with their lives and how they hope to change the world.
“[Scenes From a Parish] unfolds in a series of incredibly diverse personal stories as both O’Brien and his fractious flock struggle to hold fast to their faith in the face of dire circumstances.”
- Chicago Tribune
When a young, irreverent priest arrives at Saint Patrick Parish in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he discovers the unexpected––boiling ethnic tensions in a changing working-class community. Filmed over four years, the film follows the diverse personal stories of Father Paul O’Brien and his unruly flock as they struggle to hold onto faith in the face of desperate circumstances.