April 2006

How Far We've Come

After 15 years, ITVS looks back even as it looks ahead.


In 1988, 19-year-old Joanna Katz and her friend were abducted at gunpoint by five men who took turns raping, beating, and torturing them. Joanna managed to escape and later testified in the trials that led to the sentencing of all five men to 30 to 35 years in prison.

Q&A: Linda Goldstein Knowlton and Linda Hawkins Costigan

The World According to Sesame Street


For most people in America, “Sesame Street” warrants no introduction.

Making it on public TV

The Documentary Doc outlines how you can get on PBS, and the difference between the network's hard and soft feeds


Dear Doc Doctor:
How can I get my work onto public television?

Moving Images

The best docs do more than educate—they inspire real change


Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me (2004) was an unqualified hit. The documentary, which followed Spurlock as he ate nothing but McDonalds for 30 days and interviewed a string of experts on the rapidly worsening American obesity epidemic, was nominated for an Oscar. It won at Sundance and at countless other festivals.

Hell or High Water

How the independent film community is coping with Katrina


In 1998, I joined the production team of Julie Gustafson’s Desire, a documentary about teenage girls from three diverse New Orleans neighborhoods. Funded by both local and outside foundations, Desire was one of the first in New Orleans to create paid opportunities for local documentary makers.

State of Fear

How one filmmaker realized that terror abroad would lead to the truth about terror at home


The Last Shot

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