The following media resources include a selected list of distributors, producers and broadcast outlets for independent video.
AndersonGold Films is the production company of Kelly Anderson and Tami Gold, both professors in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College (CUNY). Their production work includes Out at Work: Lesbians and Gay Men on the Job; Out at Work HBO special; Making a Killing and Overcoming the Odds, two documentaries about the tobacco giant Philip Morris; Another Brother, a documentary portrait about an African-American Vietnam veteran; Juggling Gender: Politics, Sex and Identity; Looking for Space: Lesbians and Gay Men in Cuba; Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Labor Struggle in the Post Office; Looking for Love: Teenage Mothers; the ITVS drama Shift and the AFI drama Emily and Gitta; their most recent documentary is Every Mother's Son, about three mothers in New York City whose children have been killed by police under suspicious circumstances
Arab Film Distribution
AFD has provided American and Canadian theaters, universities, colleges, museums and media centers with many Arab films of high artistic and educational value. Their commitment is to providing documentary films to make the "Arab point of view" as accessible as possible, and by turning a quality documentary library into a powerful educational tool.
Bullfrog Films is the oldest and largest publisher of videos and films about the environment in the United States. It is one of the leading U.S. publishers of independently-produced, environmental videos that point the way to living healthily, happily, and with greater concern for the other inhabitants of this planet, and for our descendants. Their film producers include the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Television Trust for the Environment, BBC-TV, World Wildlife Fund, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Rodale Press, and leading independent producers from around the world.
California Newsreel distributes cutting edge social interest documentaries to universities, high schools and public libraries. Newsreel is the oldest nonprofit film and video production and distribution center in the country. Over the past three decades they have brought institutional video users some of the most distinguished titles on pressing national and international issues. It is a leading resource center for the study of race and diversity, African American life and history and African feature films and documentaries.
Chip Taylor Communications
CTC is the exclusive and sole source distributor of over 2000 programs that are purposeful and of the highest quality standards. Believing in the benefits of audio-visual media, CTC has produced and acquired a core of programs that match important educational standards across a wide range of subject areas.
Cinema Guild distributes both documentary and fiction films (narrative features and shorts), offering producers full service distribution in all markets, including educational, non-theatrical, theatrical, television, cable, satellite, and home video.
DocuSeek is a search site for independent documentary, social issue, and educational videos. DocuSeek allows you to simultaneously search several leading film distributors' complete collections, representing the highest quality documentary and instructional media, films and videos available.
Films for the Humanities and Sciences
FFH&S has been providing universities, schools and libraries educational media, choosing each program on the basis of the importance of its subject, the quality of its production, and its relevance as an instructional aid. The result is a collection of the work of the world's preeminent film makers, covering a broad range of subject areas appropriate for schools, colleges, and public libraries.
Link TV is the first national network offering a global perspective on news, current events and culture, presenting viewpoints seldom covered in the U.S. media. It presents first-run documentaries on global issues, current affairs series, international news, classic foreign feature films, and the best of world music. Link TV's programming, combined with innovative use of two-way digital link-ups and our participatory web site, deepens audience engagement and encourages active participation.
Free Speech TV
FSTV is a publicly supported, independent, nonprofit TV channel that is a project of Public Communicators, Inc. It is available nationally on selected satellite networks and community access stations, FSTV fuels the movement for progressive social, economic, and political transformation, by exposing the public to perspectives excluded from the corporate-owned media. FSTV hopes to empower citizens to fight injustices, revitalize democracy, and to build a more compassionate world.
First Run/Icarus Film
First Run/Icarus Films is a leading distributor of documentary film and video. Over 875 titles, mostly independent productions, provide innovative and informative views of a rapidly changing world.
Globalvision is a full-service, independent, international media company specializing in information, entertainment and educational programming. For more than a decade, Globalvision has produced highly acclaimed newsmagazines, nationally televised specials, cutting edge documentary films, leading Web sites, public service campaigns, and a wide variety of corporate communications tools and strategies.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. HRW is an independent, non-governmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide. It accepts no government funds, directly or indirectly. In recognition of the power of film to educate and galvanize a broad constituency of concerned citizens, Human Rights Watch created the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. HRWIFF has become a leading venue for fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a distinctive human rights theme. The works featured help to put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the power of the human spirit and intellect to prevail.
Independent Television Service
ITVS brings high quality, content-rich programs created by a diverse body of independent filmmakers to local, national and international audiences through broadcasts on public television networks. ITVS programs take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view seldom seen on commercial or public television. ITVS programming reflects voices and visions of underrepresented communities and addresses the needs of underserved audiences, particularly minorities and children.
Institute for Global Communications
IGC brings advanced communications technologies to grassroots organizations worldwide working for peace, human rights, environmental sustainability, women's rights, conflict resolution and worker rights. Their flagship global computer networks PeaceNet, EcoNet, WomensNet, ConflictNet, LaborNet and AntiRacismNet became trademark names in the struggle for democratic use of the media and the world's communications infrastructure.
Karousel films a nonprofit, cooperative organization established by Italian law. Based in Rome, Karousel films' main activity is producing and distributing documentaries and feature films about international politics, human rights violations, and social issues.
Maryknoll Missioners respond to the worldwide cry of the poor by trying to help people overseas build communities of faith, some work in war zones with refugees, others minister to the sick, the elderly, orphans or people with AIDS. Maryknoll Productions produces videos for students and educators centering around global awareness with a focus on faith, hope, peace and justice issues, environmental concerns, youth and women's issues, and world cultures and religions.
Media Rights is a nonprofit community Web site that is designed to help people use social issue documentary films. They offer ways to find films, organize events around a specific film, or make more meaningful films about issues in your community. They offer a range of free services.
New Day Films
New Day Films is a collective of more than 50 filmmakers from across the United States representing over 100 films a true cooperative and democratically run organization dedicated to bringing high quality social issue media to audiences. They also have a strong commitment to promoting diversity within the membership of New Day and within the content of the media it distributes. They strive for work that is high in quality and social consciousness, supports independent visions and challenging points of view.
New Yorker Films
New Yorker Films has been America's leading source for the films that matter on the cutting edge of world cinema. The company was founded as an outgrowth of the legendary New Yorker Theater, established the vital tradition of presenting the world's most innovative, artistically significant, and politically engaged films. New Yorker's strength is its ability to service the non-theatrical market, catering to the specialized needs of film society and classroom venues that fall beneath the radar of larger, more monolithic companies. The heart of New Yorker Films is a quality library culled from leading independent and foreign film distributors
OneWorld TV the online, interactive video site. One World TV is an unusual, innovative, fun to explore web site. It offers video journalists and filmmakers a public platform for their work and gives the viewer an interactive experience using video on the internet. It's also a public space on the internet for individuals and organizations to get their voice heard in video and provide an opportunity to link up with similar voices all over the world to share experiences.
Television Trust for the Environment
TVE is an independent production and distribution nonprofit company, established by Central Television (now Carlton TV) in 1984, to specialize in environment, development, health and human rights issues. All its films for broadcast are made on a strictly editorially independent basis. TVE acts as a catalyst for the production and distribution of films on environment, development, health and human rights issues.
Video Project was recently incorporated into Act Now Productions (www.actnowproductions.com), a leading environmental television production company. The mission of the Video Project a is to entertain and inform by pursuing new ways of creating and distributing video about the future of the planet, for those who will live in that future. The Video Project has programs for all ages, award-winners from over 200 independent filmmakers worldwide. They are the video distributor for national environmental organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, Marine Mammal Fund, League of Women Voters, Union of Concerned Scientist and Zero Population Growth. Video Project distributes over ten thousand programs every year to a diverse and growing network that includes thousands of schools, colleges, community groups, public libraries, churches, businesses, government agencies and individuals.
WITNESS advances human rights advocacy through the use of video and communications technology. In partnership with more than 150 non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders in 50 countries, WITNESS strengthens grassroots movements for change by providing video technology and assisting its partners to use video as evidence before courts and the United Nations, as a tool for public education, and as a deterrent to further abuse. WITNESS also gives local groups a global voice by distributing their video to the media and on the Internet, and by helping to educate and activate an international audience around their causes. WITNESS has worked with over 150 WITNESS partner groups from 50 countries to use video to overcome political, economic, and physical barriers, and to expose human rights abuses to the world via television, grassroots advocacy, and internet broadcasting.
Women Make Movies
Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, nonprofit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. Women Make Movies was established to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized distribution service and a production assistance program.