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Updates and statements from the Indie Caucus.


A letter sent to Representatives of ITVS, IL, POV, WNET, and PBS regarding the "Listening Tour"

Tim Horsburgh


Dec. 31, 2014

TO: Representatives of ITVS, IL, POV, WNET, and PBS;

The Indie Caucus and the many independent filmmakers who joined us in voicing our concern about the change in the IL/POV schedule are glad WNET has reinstated the programs. We expect to be involved in the proposed listening tour, so that you can hear and learn from filmmakers, the viewers and the diverse communities we serve. 

Since receiving the news about the reinstatement and the listening tour, independent filmmakers and other colleagues from all over the country have contacted us, and some have suggested places to have meetings on the tour, including at already-scheduled events. We imagine you too are being barraged by good suggestions, and we would love to talk them over at your earliest opportunity. Just to let you know the venues that keep coming up, here is our current list of received suggestions: 

Opportunities filmmakers have suggested to leverage already planned events:

Jan. 17: International Documentary Association meeting, San Francisco

Jan. 23-30: Sundance Festival, Park City, UT

Feb. 19: Media That Matters conference, American University, Washington, DC  

March 13-16: SXSW, Austin TX

April 9-12: Full Frame Documentary Festival, Durham, NC

April 16-26: Tribeca Film Festival, NYC

Some cities where we have heard that filmmakers want to meet, and in some cases are already reaching out to local stations:

Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Tucson, Chicago, Atlanta, Madison, Kansas City…and others.

We believe the listening tour can be a critical step toward building the visibility and significance nationally of these series. As filmmakers who depend on building relationships in order to tell our stories, we understand and value the importance of building relationships at the institutional level as well. We realize that independent voices need to connect to constituencies wherever the series are shown, and that publicity and promotion need to go hand in hand with partnership. We believe the listening tour can identify partners who can also become valued promoters of both the series and of public broadcasting in their communities, both local and virtual.

We look forward to working with you on the listening tour. We hope to hear from you by no later than Jan. 5, to begin the work with dispatch. 

Thank you for your attention,

The Indie Caucus

Katie Chevigny / Johanna Hamilton / Tim Horsburgh / Byron Hurt / Brad Lichtenstein / Paco de Onis / Dawn Porter / Gordon Quinn / Julia Reichert / Bernardo Ruiz / Tracy Droz Tragos / Pamela Yates