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ITVS Free Doc Festival in Celebration of 20 Years of Independence

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 25, 2011 at 7:49AM

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) will honor documentarians for their outstanding contributions by granting anyone on the Internet access to these films. In celebration of their 20 years of funding for independent filmmakers, ITVS will stream 20 of its award-winning documentaries online for free. The festival starts Monday July 25 and continues until Friday September 23; find a complete listing of films here and watch ITVS’s trailer for its festival below.
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Thompson on Hollywood

The Independent Television Service (ITVS) will honor documentarians for their outstanding contributions by granting anyone on the Internet access to these films. In celebration of their 20 years of funding for independent filmmakers, ITVS will stream 20 of its award-winning documentaries online for free. The festival starts Monday July 25 and continues until Friday September 23; find a complete listing of films here and watch ITVS’s trailer for its festival below.

The award-winning films range from King Corn, an analysis of the American food industry's reliance on the crop, and Promises, a portrait of the Middle Eastern conflict seen through the eyes of children, to Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, a documentary about masculinity in hip-hop.

The full-length documentaries will stream for free for three days each, beginning with 2003 Oscar-nominee Daughter from Danang, which tells the story of the culture-clash between a Vietnamese mother and her American-Asian daughter.

[Photo from Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes].

This article is related to: Festivals, Genres, Summer Movies, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.