The ITVS Indies Roundup

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

Hey, internet dunces: You, too, could create a multimedia package for your film! Knight News Challenge winner the Tiziano Project pulls from existing technology on the web to help storytellers with amateur web skills polish their online videos.

“Get comfortable with the idea that you won’t know what’s good until it’s already happened,” said Radiolab founder Jad Abumrad. The storytelling genius (no, really, he just won a MacArthur Genius Grant) shared the origins of Radiolab with the Transom. (via @brainpicker)

Follow one of the oldest film festivals in Europe, the Locarno Film Festival, Aug. 1-11, through the eyes of some of its critics-in-training. A new Critic Academy sharpens the chops of aspiring film reviewers.

Director of the beautiful new Beasts of the Southern Wild shared how he assembled his ragtag team of filmmakers in New Orleans. For one thing, he picks the worker who buys doughnuts and laughs loudly over the one who smoothly maneuvers a dolly. “In the end, no matter what, the movies come out wild, brave and good-hearted; and that’s more important to me than smooth dolly moves.”

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (full disclosure: an ITVS-funded film) shows the intimate side of the famous Chinese dissident and artist at home with his mother, son, and cats. POV interviewed director Alison Klayman to find out how she got such up-close-and-personal access.

“What is the most wonderful thing I could be doing?” asked illustrator and self-proclaimed “loopy optimist” Maira Kalman. Watch this short video interview for more insight into the creative life, as well as Kalman’s strange and wonderful mind.

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