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  1. Thunder in Guyana Strikes Global Voices

    August 6, 2010

    How did a 77-year-old Jewish woman from Chicago become the president of a South American country? In Thunder in Guyana, airing this Sunday on Global Voices on PBS WORLD, filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman offers a compelling explanation. Wasserman grew up fascinated by her glamorous cousin Janet, a Chicago native, who at 23 fell in love with a handsome dental

  2. New Independent Lens Season Unveiled in L.A.

    August 5, 2010

    Lois Vossen, series producer for Independent Lens, reports from the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. Hello from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour. The TCA represents 200 journalists who write about television for print and online outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Twice a year, they gather in what Tim

  3. Shop Talk: Q & A with Programming

    August 4, 2010

    Q.  My last program was funded by ITVS several years ago. I see that the Open Call guidelines state that I am not eligible to apply if I am not “up to date with reporting requirements.” How do I find out if I am current or not? A.  If you have previously received production funding from ITVS, your ancillary income reporting requirements were laid out in your

  4. Notes from Orientation: Producers Learn the Ropes at Camp ITVS

    August 3, 2010

    ITVS’s Open Call provides finishing funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject and from any viewpoint. Last week, ITVS hosted nearly a dozen filmmakers who were recently awarded Open Call funding. Among the troops was Andy Schocken, producer and director of photography, of The World in a Room. Here he wraps up ITVS’s crash

  5. ITVS Greenlights Second Season of FUTURESTATES!

    August 2, 2010

    This spring, ITVS launched the first season of its innovative new web series of futuristic shorts, FUTURESTATES. And as the first season continues to screen online at,, as well as at film festivals around the world, ITVS is proud to announce that we just greenlit a second season of FUTURESTATES shorts written and directed by