The ITVS Indies Roundup

Posted on April 13, 2012

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


Happy poetry month! Read about the “greatest poetry documentary of all time,” according to the Poetry Foundation: Ron Mann’s 1982 Poetry in Motion. A new interactive documentary called Barcode is a carnival funhouse of films. Thirty filmmakers produced 100 docs about the objects that surround us, from brooms to lipstick. My favorite short follows subway riders engrossed in books with a voiceover of the lines they’re reading. YouTube added a pay-per-view option for live streaming of events, which adds another funding platform to your arsenal.

The nominees for the Webby Awards were announced this week, including an entire category of Online Video/Film. Check out IDEO’s The Future of the Book, a video nominated in the Experimental & Weird category. An East German guard kissed a woman on study abroad through the Berlin Wall, as shown in this photograph originally posted to Reddit. If you’re stumped about what release to watch this weekend, Indiewire reviewed twelve new indie films. In 1946, two Columbia University anthropologists dismissed racism in a scientific pamphlet distributed to U.S. troops, and it was eventually adapted into a quirky animation called The Brotherhood of Man. Enjoy!


From our blog

  1. Independent Lens Raises Awareness of Harms Caused by Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender Law

    June 30, 2022

    Independent Lens and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Louisville Courier Journal (LCJ) raised awareness of Kentucky's Persistent Felony Offender (PFO) through a collaboration between independent filmmakers and journalists. The investigative series drew a link between the law's enhanced sentencing terms to the state’s high and growing prison

  2. Independent Lens Releases Stories for Justice Impact Report

    June 1, 2022

    Documentary storytelling increased understanding about the inequities in the U.S. justice system.

  3. The Supervising Producer Partnership: How CJ Hunt Found the Arc for "Neutral Ground" While Working with ITVS

    April 12, 2022

    How do filmmakers and ITVS supervising producers work together in their back-and-forth partnership?To best explain CJ Hunt's partnership with ITVS, we wanted to have him in the same room with three-time Emmy-nominated ITVS Supervising Producer Shana Swanson to explore what it meant to work together as funder and maker. Hunt made his feature film debut