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  1. FUTURESTATES Returns! Seven Visions of the Future from Seven Cutting-Edge Indie Filmmakers

    March 6, 2012

    If you were given a glimpse into the future, would it change the way you live today? Returning for a third season, the FUTURESTATES series offers a new collection of seven fictional shorts that explore possible future scenarios through the lens of today’s global realities. Produced by ITVS and created by such established filmmakers as Patrick Stettner,

  2. CARE & ITVS Present: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

    March 5, 2012

    Women and Girls Lead and CARE are partnering for a special live online screening of the PBS documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (part of the recent Women War & Peace series), followed by a live panel discussion with Executive Producer Abigail Disney, PBS CEO Paula Kerger, and CARE President Helene Gayle. The event will take place on the eve of

  3. A Determined Filmmaker Returns to Open Call

    February 16, 2012

    Filmmaker Judith Helfand's latest documentary Cooked was one of a dozen projects accepted into ITVS's latest round of Open Call funding. She offered BTB this roundup of the producer's orientation, held last week in San Francisco.I started writing this amidst the din of the one week orientation for filmmakers funded through ITVS’ most recent Open Call.

  4. Oakland Rallies Behind The Interrupters

    February 14, 2012

    Last week, Community Cinema broke records at the Oakland Museum of California with more than 450 audience members in attendance for The Interrupters.  The documentary, by filmmaker Steve James, will premiere Tuesday February 14 on PBS' FRONTLINE. Watch a clip from the Community screening in Oakland, below: In partnership with KQED, The Ella Baker

  5. Filmmakers of The Island President Respond to Turmoil in the Maldives

    February 8, 2012

    Director Jon Shenk and producers Bonni Cohen and Richard Berge offered a response to the ongoing political crisis in the Maldives and this week’s unexpected resignation of former President Mohamed Nasheed. Their documentary The Island President will air next season on Independent Lens.Yesterday morning we woke up to the shocking news that President