The ITVS Indies Roundup

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

Has the line between highbrow and lowbrow vanished? When we have film festivals for cat videos, you have to wonder. A.O. Scott and David Carr chew over this question (literally, as Carr snacks on Cheez-Its and Diet Coke) in a casual video filmed in the New York Times newsroom.

Here’s a great way for directors and producers to dive into TED talks: Filmmaker IQ compiled 10 TED talks for filmmakers.

The Emmys were announced this week, with ITVS winning four news and doc Emmys and our sister show POV winning 4 Emmys as well. You can watch four of POV’s award-winners online for free.

This is your brain on stories. In an animated video, neuroscientist Paul Zak explains the power of empathy in storytelling and how the chemicals that stories provoke can actually change our brains.

Comedians in show business, including Tina Fey, have a soft spot for an erudite writer: David Foster Wallace.

A new documentary series called A Different L.A. showcases lesser-known characters in the U.S.’s second largest city, starting with one of the last remaining typewriter shops.

Cloud Atlas, directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant, will open this month. The author of the novel, David Mitchell, spills his reactions to having his book adapted: “At the read-through, I sat next to Lana Wachowski, and when a line earned a particularly strong response, I’d whisper, ‘Was that one of yours or one of mine?’ The tally was about 50-50, I think.”

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