ITVS stands in solidarity with people expressing their First Amendment right to assemble in protest of the inhumane acts of police and the murders of Black people.
Independent documentary filmmakers who bear witness to racial injustice in our communities, who ensure that silenced voices are heard, must have safety and economic security. Their work unfolds beyond the headlines and tweets, taking years to evolve into a story that reflects our fullest humanity. They reveal truths unseen.
BIPOC filmmakers face greater physical and emotional risks to pursue their art and livelihood in the months and years ahead. Few filmmakers have succeeded in getting relief funds through the CARES Act despite our attempts to light the path through webinars that reached thousands. This is unacceptable. They need financial support now to continue documenting the experiences of the communities which have been disproportionately devastated by the pandemics of police violence and coronavirus.
We are calling on Congress to provide additional funding for public broadcasting—and asking it in turn to support emergency funding for independent filmmakers of color. Without their voices and their stories, we will stand in the past, forever. With them, we will step together toward a more just future for all communities across America.
Chair, ITVS Board of Directors
Director of Programming, Wisconsin Public Television
—Sally Jo Fifer
President & CEO, ITVS
From our blog
April 30, 2021
We asked more than 500 community members from across the country to discuss policing and public safety. Read participant's feedback on how communities can improve public safety.
April 6, 2021
The co-directors and producer of the epic PBS docuseries "Philly D.A." share insight on switching from a feature to a series, working with ITVS, why it's good to have it on PBS, and how they got unprecedented access to Larry Krasner's office.
March 8, 2021
ITVS stands in solidarity with Asian communities, as well as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as they endure a surge of racist discrimination and hate crimes across the world