One filmmaker at Sundance, Sarah Polley, proudly declared her preference for documentaries in an interview: “I’ve always liked documentaries more than fictional narrative films. I can sit through any documentary and it will be educational even if it’s terrible, but a bad feature film can make me want to die.”
People of all professions go through quarter-life crises, but young filmmakers have a specific set of anxieties. Raindance ticks off the fears of twenty-something directors, including financial insecurity and getting into the “inside track.”
“If you don’t know who’s funding you on day one, do not start your campaign,” said Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin at DOC NYC. Learn other invaluable crowdfunding tips from Vimeo’s synopsis of DOC NYC’s online fundraising event. Continue reading →
A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.
You’ll never look at a dumpster the same way again. The sanitation department of Hamburg, Germany, teamed up with an advertising agency to form the Trashcan Project. They plant pinhole cameras on the dumpsters, offering a trash-level view of the city.
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:
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 →
Exploring the growing phenomenon of gay fatherhood through the stories of four families, Daddy & Papa looks at gay fathers who face both the routine and revolutionary challenges of becoming parents. Watch the Emmy Award-nominated documentary streaming free until Sept. 1st on ITVS’s Indies Showcase.
Daddy & Papa explores the personal, cultural, and political impact of gay men who are making a decision that is at once traditional and revolutionary: to raise children themselves. Taking us inside four gay male families, Daddy & Papa traces the day-to-day challenges and the larger, critical issues that inevitably intersect their private lives – the ambiguous place of interracial families in America, the wonder and precariousness of surrogacy and adoption, the complexities of marriage and divorce within the gay community, and the legality of their own parenthood.
Hell And Back Again, which picked up multiple awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will air next season on Independent Lens. The documentary, by photo-journalist Danfung Dennis, profiles a Marines life during and after his stint in Afghanistan.
New Video recently acquired the film for North American distribution, with plans to release it in theaters this October.
The film provides two overlapping narratives that equally depict the rawness of war, at home and abroad. Dennis — who served as an embed journalist in Afghanistan — weaves together battle scenes from the frontlines with home footage that depicts the post-traumatic-stress, awaiting so many of today’s soldiers.
“The film evolves from war expose into the story of one man’s personal apocalypse, and also underscores the price military families pay when soldiers resume civilian life.,” said Lois Vossen, Founding Series Producer of Independent Lens. “We look forward to presenting Hell and Back Again to millions of viewers through the Independent Lens Community Cinema outreach program and our spring 2012 broadcast.”
Independent Lens Series Producer Lois Vossen has been tweeting from Sundance this week as she scouts out a brand new slate of documentaries. Last year, BTB asked Lois to describe the curating process behind the Emmy Award-wining series, and what she looks for in an Independent Lens film.