The Independent Television Service, which provides funding for independent filmmakers, is marking its 20th anniversary by launching the ITVS Indies Showcase, an online film festival featuring 20 documentaries running from July 25 to September 23, 2011.
Each film within the 20-doc roster will stream for free for three days on itvs.org/indies-showcase. The selection of docs is a small sampling of the more than 1,000 productions ITVS has supported.
“For decades, independent filmmakers have stood as public television’s standard bearers of diversity and innovation, telling untold stories and serving underserved communities,” said Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO of ITVS. “The Indies Showcase lineup brings together just some of the many storytellers that have engaged the public and helped invigorate our democracy.”
Docs featured in the ITVS Indies Showcase, with descriptions from ITVS, include:
- Daughter from Danang, a portrait of longing, identity, and the personal legacy of war by Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco;
-Promises by Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg, which offers a touching and fresh insight into the Middle East conflict through the eyes of seven Palestinian and Israeli children;
-The English Surgeon, about a British neurosurgeon, Henry Marsh, who encounters medieval brain surgical procedures in the Ukraine;
-Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes by Byron Hurt, a riveting documentary that tackles masculinity, sexism, violence, and homophobia in today’s hip-hop culture;
-King Corn by Ian Cheney, Curt Ellis, and Aaron Woolf, about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation;
-The Oath by Laura Poitras, provides a portrait of Abu Jandal, Osama bin Laden’s former bodyguard, and Salim Hamdan, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay Prison and the first man to face the controversial military tribunals;
- The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (pictured), produced by Judy Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, follows Daniel Ellsberg, a leading Vietnam War strategist, who concluded in 1971 that America’s role in the war was based on decades of lies.