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“Survivor,” “My Country” to receive ITVS funding

Banker White‘s Survivor and Rita Baghdadi‘s My Country, No More are among the five films set to receive grants from San Francisco-based funding organization Independent Television Service (ITVS). Through its ITVS ...
October 7, 2016

Banker White‘s Survivor and Rita Baghdadi‘s My Country, No More are among the five films set to receive grants from San Francisco-based funding organization Independent Television Service (ITVS).

Through its ITVS Open Call Funding Initiative, selected filmmakers will receive completion funds for non-fiction public television programs and films on a diverse array of topics and viewpoints.

The organization works with rising and established filmmakers throughout the doc-making process, providing copro investment in the film.

Filmmakers funded by the latest Open Call are first-time collaborators with ITVS.

Survivors tells the story of the Sierra Leon Ebola epidemic through the eyes of a local filmmaker and the subsequent sociopolitical turmoil, while My Country, No More (pictured) documents a five-year journey of a rural American family’s rise and fall following the North Dakota oil rush.

Other films set to receive funding include Vaishali Sinha‘s Ask the Sexpert, which tells the story of a sex-advice columnist and his work against sex education bans in Indian schools; Catherine Axley’s Attla, about a legendary Alaskan dogsled racer; and Katia Maguire’s Home Truth, which explores the life of a woman in the wake of her daughters’ tragic murder

ITVS launches two funding rounds per year, with only 1% to 3% of Open Call applicants receiving funding and production partnership opportunities.

“While each film we consider has its individual merits, they all exemplify our core mission: to foster plurality, diversity and innovation in public television,” said Sally Jo Fifer, president and CEO of ITVS, in a statement.

“By funding films through our Open Call Initiative, we encourage thoughtful conversation to help educate our viewers about issues that they would have never heard of otherwise,” added Noland Walker, senior content director and ‘Independent Lens’ co-curator. “We can begin to address these societal issues once we have an engaged and informed the public.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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