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Itvs Celebrates 20 Years of Funding and Service to Independent Filmmakers With the Itvs Indies Showcase

1 August 2011 9:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

(San Francisco) – 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the Independent Television Service (Itvs), one of the largest sources of funding for independent filmmakers. In recognition of this milestone, Itvs is launching the Itvs Indies Showcase, a free online film festival running from July 25 to September 23, 2011 in honor of the extraordinary contributions of independent filmmakers to public television.

The 20 unforgettable documentaries in the Itvs Indies Showcase represent glimpses of the collection of more than 1,000 productions Itvs has supported as the country’s leading provider of independent films for public broadcasting. Each full-length program will stream for free for three days on where viewers will also find a timeline of Itvs’s history, film trailers, clips, interviews, an audience award contest, and more.

Through the tenacity of filmmakers and their supporters seeking to foster plurality and diversity in public television, Itvs was established by an unprecedented mandate of Congress to »

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'The City Dark' SXSW Review: Time to Get Scared of the Light

13 March 2011 6:30 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Documentaries, Reviews, SXSW Film Festival, Cinematical

I can't recall if I read Michael Pollan first or saw Aaron Woolf's 'King Corn' first. The two experiences occurred roughly the same time (in mid 2007). But either way I'm sure that I learned a lot about the food industry from the latter (which features Pollan as a talking head). And as an ignorant eater unaware that corn dominates our diet and may be ruining the American farm system through its industrialization, I appreciated the way its information was filtered through the investigatory curiosity of two college buddies, who learned right alongside the viewer.

Now one of those inquisitive guys, Ian Cheney, who is also credited as a writer and producer of 'King Corn,' has a new directorial effort (following his 2008 debut, 'The Greening of Southie'), which is a similar sort of personal journey that looks into another sort of taken-for-granted subject. »

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