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  1. ITVS Alumni Score a Win at SFIAAFF

    March 15, 2012

    Four filmmakers previously funded by ITVS received a $5,000 award at this year's San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) for a work-in-progress about international LGBT politicians.Filmmakers S. Leo Chiang (A Village Called Versailles) and Johnny Symons (Daddy & Papa, Ask Not), along with co-producers Eva Moss and

  2. Oscar Nominated Filmmakers Visit Talk of The Nation

    February 22, 2012

    Filmmakers Danfung Dennis (Hell and Back Again) and Marshall Curry (If A Tree Falls) appeared separately on NPR this week to discuss their respective films — both of which have been nominated for an Academy Award. Listen to the interviews with host Neal Conan, below:Hell and Back Again"After so many years of war, society's become numb to pictures 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. Independent Filmmakers See ITVS as New Family

    February 10, 2012

    Twenty filmmakers rallied in San Francisco this week to participate in ITVS's latest producers orientation for Open Call funding. Among the crop were filmmakers Jamila Wignot and Sierra Pettengill, whose documentary Town Hall examines three personalities who become emblematic figures of the Tea Party Movement. The pair offered BTB this recap of their

  5. Filmmaker Sharon La Cruise Discusses Daisy Bates Biopic with Hari Sreenivasan

    February 2, 2012

    The documentary Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock will air Thursday, February 2 on Independent Lens to kick off Black History Month. Recently, PBS NEWSHOUR's Hari Sreenivasan caught up with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to discuss the project.The film examines the life of Daisy Bates — a complex, unconventional, and largely forgotten heroine of the