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News November 28, 2022
“Power shapes content!” Chi-hui Yang captured in three words an unspoken truth about the practice of documentary filmmaking. In the four years since the JustFilm head’s keynote at the 2018 International Documentary Association’s Getting Real conference, filmmakers have contended with a racial reckoning, a global pandemic, and their own approach to…
ITVS Receives NEA Research Grant to Better Understand Relationship Between Documentary Makers and ParticipantsMarch 21, 2023
Amid intense ongoing discussions of ethics in the arts, including the potential power imbalance between filmmakers and film participants, ITVS will research evidence-based practices that documentary filmmakers may use as they work with people who participate in their films. ITVS is partnering with researchers from Columbia University and…
PBS’s showcase of independent documentaries and ITVS-funded stories like Sansón and Me.