By Tamara Gould
Vice President, ITVS International
Based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky will premiere as a special presentation on Independent Lens in October 2012. The project is a cornerstone of the Women and Girls Lead campaign and was on display at last week’s PBS Annual Meeting in Denver.
Just back from the PBS annual meeting in Denver and was absolutely thrilled by the response from stations to the upcoming Half the Sky series, which will air on October 1 and 2 as a special presentation of Independent Lens.
This project has been several years in the making, taking up the ambitious work of New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn who wrote Half the Sky to highlight the challenges that women and girls are facing worldwide — issues like trafficking, maternal health, female genital mutilation, and gender based violence. Continue reading →
Miller-McCune Magazine: Does Black History Month Need More Than a Month? At a time when so many documentaries adopt an either angry or elegiac tone, More Than a Month has a disarmingly light touch. Among the several laugh-out-loud moments is a brief parody of Ken Burns’s The Civil War, featuring the filmmaker in period costume. Tilghman’s a great guide on this journey: he’s genuinely troubled by the questions he raises, but he’s also unpretentious, quizzical, and, at times, bemused. Continue reading →
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.
Some of today’s finest actresses and spokespeople have been tapped to engage with the subjects on the ground and broaden the understanding for viewers of the issues at hand, including Diane Lane, who recently traveled to Somaliland, and America Ferrera, who joined Kristof last month in India to focus on the problem of human trafficking. Continue reading →
Based on the bestselling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the series will premiere as a special presentation on Independent Lens in Fall 2012. The project is a cornerstone of the recently announced Women and Girls Lead campaign.
What would Sacheen Littlefeather say?
“And just like that, I began my day with Sacheen. I didn’t know who Sacheen Littlefeather was until I saw a screening of the documentary Reel Injun in Tulsa earlier this year. There is a film clip from the 1973 Oscar Awards in the documentary. Marlon Brando was announced winner of Best Actor for his role in The Godfather. Then a stunningly beautiful Native American woman ascends the steps to the stage on his behalf.” Read more >>>
To Promo PBS Film, An Invitation To Head South
The PBS “Independent Lens” series, meanwhile, in the last five years has lined up 95 communities nationwide that offer free advance screenings of one film each month for nine months. Dennis Palmieri, director of communications for the parent organization, ITVS, estimates that 50,000 people each year attend the screenings, which are done in partnership with local nonprofit groups associated with the films’ causes. Read more >>> Continue reading →