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  1. You Be the Judge: The 2011 Independent Lens Audience Award

    June 22, 2011

    Voting for the Independent Lens audience award closes Tuesday, June 28.  It's a wrap!  The ninth season of Independent Lens is in the can, and what a fantastic season it was. We had nine months of eye-opening, jaw-dropping, gut-wrenching, and mind-blowing films. Now its the audience's chance to vote for the films they liked the best. Voting for the 2011

  2. And the FUTURESTATES Audience Award Goes to…..

    June 3, 2011

    In May, ITVS launched the first ever FUTURESTATES Audience Award. Voting has now closed. Thousands of you watched; hundreds of you voted. And now we have a winner.   But first: we're very happy to announce that ITVS has partnered with Telegraph 21 and The Big Screen Project to provide a very special Grand Prize to the winner. In August, the winning film will be

  3. Best. Teacher. Ever! The Nominations Are In

    June 3, 2011

    The Best. Teacher. Ever! contest winner will be announced next week. Thank you all for the nominations for the teachers who changed your lives for the better. We’ve been moved and inspired by the stories of those special educators out there who accept long hours, not-so-great pay, and limited resources because they want to see young people thrive. They all

  4. A Deadline and an Honorary Entry for the Best. Teacher. EVER. Contest.

    May 26, 2011

    As a reminder to submit your nominations for our Best. Teacher. EVER! contest, we thought we'd share a nomination from ITVS Managing Editor Brooke Shelby Biggs. As a staff member, Brooke can't compete for the Kindle or other cool prizes, but we thought her description of her kindergarten teacher, Ms. Sharon Janulaw, was worth sharing. Don't forget to send

  5. Children of the Amazon Collects High Honors in Nepal

    May 13, 2011

    Denise Zmekhol’s documentary Children of the Amazon recently picked up the Bronze Drum Award at the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival. The filmmaker offered BTB a report from her trip, with some special footage from the doc. Children of the Amazon will be rebroadcast on May 14 and 15 on the WORLD Channel.  In April I was invited to participate in