Indie Lens Storycast


Welcome to Indie Lens Storycast, a web series YouTube channel created by indie filmmakers, and developed by ITVS, showcasing stories that reflect the funny, strange, and dynamic world we live in. Subscribe to Indie Lens Storycast on YouTube now. Now available on Facebook Watch as well.

Indie Lens Storycast Press Materials

Storycast Singles:
(Aug. 26)
The Seed Saver
By John Picklap
An adopted Korean American farmer sows only seeds from her native land. Will she cultivate healthy crops and a connection to her heritage?

The Last Trap Family
By Hudson Lines
Life as a “fishermom” is complicated. But in the nearly outdated world of trap fishing, Cory refuses to let challenges large or small prevent her from carrying on the seafaring family legacy in Rhode Island.

Jewel’s Hunt
By Alexandra Stergiou
16-year-old Jewel is next in a long line of skilled Alaskan hunters. But can she balance the complications of a modern teenager with her connection to village life? Jewel’s Hunt is an insightful exploration of what it means to come of age in complicated times in Unalakleet, Alaska.

We Gon’ Be Alright 
by Bao Nguyen
4 episodes, 7-10 minutes each
Inspired by Jeff Chang’s critically acclaimed collection of essays, We Gon’ Be Alright explores a nation of historically unprecedented diversity that also seems to be becoming more separate and unequal. From Silicon Valley gentrification and resegregation to new Hollywood attempts to overcome typecasting by diversifying, from college admission debates to the flawed U.S. census’ way of categorizing race, the series asks the questions: how did we become so divided, and what can we do now to be alright?  Supporting Partner: CAAM

Waking Dream  
By Theo Rigby
6 episodes, 7-10 minutes each
We hear about DREAMers on the news, but Waking Dream shows the reality of young, undocumented people in the DACA program who are determined to dream of a brighter future as they sit in limbo between deportation and a path to citizenship.

Tacos of Texas
By Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece
7 episodes, 8-12 minutes each
Based on their book Tacos of Texas, the engaging taco ambassadors Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece hit the highways of Texas to explore the iconic food in seven different cities that all carry their own unique brand of taco charm. From drool-worthy puffy tacos in San Antonio to “modern Mexican” in Dallas, incomparable migas tacos in Austin, tasty carnitas tacos in El Paso, humongous breakfast tacos in Corpus Christi, and unique barbacoa in the Rio Grande Valley, get a taste of diverse taco traditions in this indispensable and irresistible series that is part travelogue and part cookbook.

The Hidden Vote 
By Ben Rekhi & Adithya Sambamurthy
5 episodes, 8-12 minutes each
Yes, there are Muslims who support Trump, Navajo politicians who want coal mines, LGBT activists for gun rights, and conservative Vietnamese American Republicans who may vote Democrat — they are all part of a hidden vote, minorities within their own communities. The Hidden Vote uncovers the quirks and surprises in the modern American electorate, traveling to Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas and California to explode stereotypes about how and why people vote for who they do in this politically divided and charged era.

FIESTA! Quinceañera
By Rodrigo Dorfman & Peter Eversoll
6 Episodes, 7-10 minutes each

FIESTA! Quinceañera takes an intimate look at the great lengths the Latino community goes through to put on a grand celebration for girls’ coming of age, while exploring mother-daughter relationships, as a rich cultural tradition meets the modernized views of several tenacious young women, and one fabulous choreographer. No matter what your background, a quinceañera is something to be celebrated.

The CareForce One Travelogues
By Marisa Jahn
4 Episodes, 7-10 minutes each

The CareForce One Travelogues looks at the care crisis in America and the everyday superheroes who are finding solutions to it. Artist and mom Marisa Morán Jahn travels down the East Coast, from New York to Miami, with her toddler son in a souped-up station wagon to hear stories from caregivers, domestic workers and advocates on the forefront of this movement.

By Billy Luther
6 Episodes, 7-10 minutes each

alter-NATIVE follows a year in the life of Native American fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail, who moved from the Crow Reservation in Montana to sunbaked Los Angeles to create fashion inspired by the beauty and resilience of indigenous women. For Bethany, dressing is resistance. Standing at the intersection of activism and Native traditions, she’s making a name for herself everywhere she goes, taking Native art beyond museums and institutions and into mainstream media. Give it up for Bethany Yellowtail!

by Garland McLaurin
11 Episodes, 8-10 minutes each

Pops tells three stories of African Americans from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds and regions deeply engaged in the beautiful struggle of fatherhood. A new father must balance his career as an avid YouTuber with his wife’s postpartum depression; a formerly incarcerated writer strives to make a difference for others like him while being present for his toddler son; and a gay couple grapples with the challenges of guiding their adopted son into his teenage years. Each story, while very different, explores the universal themes of responsibility, nurturing, and love.

Divas of Karachi
by Senain Kheshgi
6 Episodes, 8-10 minutes each

A group of prominent socialites, running their own businesses while juggling the chaotic demands of family life: You think this only happens in Beverly Hills or Atlanta? Divas of Karachi subverts a familiar genre, showcasing a country that is foreign to most viewers. This docuseries mixing reality TV humor and cinema verité follows a group of Pakistani trendsetters. They’re fashion designers, wives and mothers, interior decorators, entrepreneurs, teachers, and philanthropists – sometimes, all at once. Divas of Karachi celebrates the humor, fun, and passion from a part of the world too often associated with conflict and tragedy.

The F Word
by Nicole Opper and Kristan Cassady
6 Episodes, 8-10 minutes each

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Nicole Opper and Kristan Cassady are a queer Bay Area couple who plan to adopt a child and decide they want to form their family by adopting from foster care. This comedic docuseries chronicles their journey into the foster care system to become fost-adopt parents, bumbling through a bureaucratic maze in order to learn everything they can. Sometimes the waiting is the hardest part, but at least Nicole and Kristan have a sense of humor about the rollercoaster of emotions they are riding.

Iron Maidens
by Killer Impact
Producers: Adrienne Becker and Amber Guyton
6 Episodes, 8-10 minutes each

The Iron Maidens (or “Fe Maidens”) are an all-girls competitive robotics team at Bronx Science High School—and one of the only all-female teams in the country. Follow these bright young ladies through “build season” as they design, build, and test their robot in a national competition. A revealing exploration of these fearless trailblazers and their connections to one another, Iron Maidens demonstrates how their combined efforts lead them to excel at solving problems no one expects them to. Maybe now people will stop saying “they’re pretty good at this—for girls.”

Indie Lens Storycast Press Materials

Electronic Press Kit (PDF, 4.4 MB)

Publicity Stills (ZIP, 12.9 MB)

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