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POV Announces the 25 Greatest Documentaries of All Time

Your votes are in, the ballots have been counted, and sister series POV has announced the 25 Greatest Documentaries of All Time. Some may surprise you, others not so much. The top contender is far from a new film. In fact, it’s one of the older documentaries on the list. But despite its gray title, … READ MORE

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with 8 Documentaries

Before you carve the first slice of turkey this Thanksgiving, pause to remember that November is Native American Heritage Month. Originally designated as American Indian Day in 1915 by Native American activists, the holiday honored indigenous people’s contributions to the growth of the United States (including helping the starving, desperate pilgrims on Thanksgiving), and was … READ MORE

The Island President to Receive IDA Pare Lorentz Award

Originally posted on Documentary.org. This year, the esteemed Pare Lorentz Award will go to The Island President, directed by John Shenk. Each year, the International Documentary Association gives this award to a film that demonstrates concern for the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all, and the illumination of pressing social problems. Previous winners … READ MORE

Ten Documentaries about Poverty and Power

The current economy has given us an occasion to wonder how attainable the American dream is. If you start with nothing, can you actually pull yourself up by the bootstraps, Horatio-Alger style? Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream (premiering Nov. 12 on Independent Lens) poses this question by examining two neighborhoods through which … READ MORE

Election Season Extended (for Best Documentaries of All Time)

What does it mean to be the greatest? This week our sister series, POV, launched an ambitious survey which will culminate in a master list of the greatest documentaries of all time. Obviously, we have our own favorites (wink, wink … nudge, nudge), but encourage our fans to crowdsource their documentary faves, for the love … READ MORE

Academy Award-Winner Alex Gibney’s Tale of Two Cities in One

We sat down with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, director of Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, to talk about what motivated him to make this film. The documentary is part of Why Poverty? and premieres on Independent Lens on Monday, November 12 at 10 PM (check local listings). What led you to make this film? I am furious … READ MORE

After Love Free or Die, Our Top Ten List of Religious Documentaries

As the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson is no stranger to controversy. He wore a bullet-proof vest to his consecration in 2003. Robinson stars in Love Free or Die (broadcast Oct. 29 on Independent Lens), a documentary that follows his journey as he calls for equality from New Hampshire to London. Religious documentaries such … READ MORE

The Island President’s Jon Shenk on Turmoil in the Maldives

For documentary filmmakers, breaking news can be either a blessing or a curse. By the time Jon Shenk finished directing The Island President (premiering April 2013 on Independent Lens), his title character was no longer the island president. The military and police ousted Mohamed Nasheed, a human rights activist and environmentalist, as leader of the Maldives in February … READ MORE

Chinese Delegation Pulls Out of Doc/Fest over Ai Weiwei Film

realscreen reports today that “[a] delegation of 10 Chinese commissioning editors has pulled out of attending Sheffield Doc/Fest at the last minute, after the UK festival refused demands from the Chinese Embassy in London to drop Alison Klayman’s doc Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry from its program.” realscreen reports: “Two ‘meet the commissioners’ conference sessions were … READ MORE

LGBT Pride Month: 10 Films From the AIDS Crisis

June is LGBT Pride Month, and once again, we’re giving in to the temptation to make a list! This year our LGBT feature film is We Were Here, a film about the AIDS years in San Francisco, when a community was decimated by a mysterious and deadly disease about which little was known. For those of … READ MORE

A Filmmaker on a Mission to Make an Uplifting Film About Haiti

Director Whitney Dow (Two Towns of Jasper) set out to make a film about Haiti that was not all about poverty, tragedy, or corruption, which is generally how Haiti is portrayed from the outside. In making When the Drum is Beating — about Septentrional, a band that has persevered and flourished in Haiti for 65 … READ MORE