The ITVS Indie Roundup

A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.

While gathering an MFA in fiction writing and a PhD in English from Yale, the busy actor-director James Franco has been producing a documentary about San Francisco’s fetish porn industry. Kink premieres at Sundance Jan. 19.

Contrary to what you might believe, social media and viral marketing are saving the film industry, according to Mashable.

Prepare for snow season by watching a tragicomic 1973 NFB animated short, The Family That Dwelt Apart, based on a short story by E.B. White and narrated by the same.

A solid victory for female filmmakers! Three out of five directors who received grants from the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film this year were women.

For some international perspective on the holidays, here’s a fascinating infographic about gift-giving traditions throughout the world. (via Open Culture)

Finally, before you start making your New Year’s resolutions, here are the top 10 life lessons from John Cusack’s movie characters.