Beauty is Embarrassing: Gotham Independent Film Audience Award Contender

IFP and Festival Genius are in the midst of the first round of voting for their 3rd annual Audience Award for the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards. This award celebrates audience award winners from across the Top 50 U.S. and Canadian film festivals.

For those who hit the festival circuit this year, it is no secret that there were a bevy of fantastic independent films circulating the various festivals. From enlightening documentaries to heartwarming features, filmmakers had audiences laughing, crying, and reminiscing along with their characters on screen. None more so than Neil Berkeley’s Beauty is Embarrassing, which is up for the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

The ITVS-funded film, which is coming to Independent Lens this season, is a funny, irreverent, and inspiring documentary featuring the life and times of one of America’s most idiosyncratic artists, Wayne White. The film chronicles the vaulted highs and crushing lows of the Tennessean commercial artist, who got his big break when he helped create the marvelously unhinged children’s show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse. His off-kilter style and self-deprecating sense of humor offer a peak into an imagination that refuses to grow up.

The first round of voting for the Audience Award is well underway, with the winner to be announced at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 26th, 2012.

Announcing the FUTURESTATES Audience Award!

You’ve watched the films. You’ve shared, commented, and liked. Maybe even loved. There have been ups and downs, laughter and tears. And this May, you get to decide who will take the laurels in our inaugural FUTURESTATES Audience Award.

From today until May 30 at midnight, the race is on to launch your favorite FUTURESTATES film into hyperspace. Head back to FUTURESTATES.TV, catch up on any films you missed, and check out the fan pages for each of the films.

You can vote once a day, and polling closes at midnight on May 30. We’ll announce the winner on June 1, 2011.
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A Grassroots Effort Rallies Behind Public Television


Every month, more than 170 million Americans use public radio, television and online services for news, education, arts and cultural content. That’s a majority of the country. Over the next few days, Congress will take a critical vote to eliminate all federal support for public broadcasting.

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Please Vote (For Me)

Time is running out to exercise your democratic right to vote in this year’s midterm election. For those in need of some electoral inspiration, take a look at the 2007 ITVS International-funded documentary Please Vote for Me.

The fim, directed by Weijun Chen, follows students in an elementary school in China as they campaign for class monitor. If an 8-year-old can toil along the gritty campaign trail, surely you can mark up a ballot!

Enjoy this video feature on Please Vote for Me from today’s New York Times: