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POV's 25th Anniversary

In 2012, POV celebrates 25 years of broadcasting on PBS!

POV (Point of View), launched on PBS in 1988, is celebrating its 25th anniversary on-air, online and on the ground in communities across the United States. American television's longest-running independent documentary series, POV is spearheading a wide array of activities featuring the brightest names in nonfiction film to complement its 2012-2013 season.

Leading arts, media and news organizations are joining with POV in 2012 and 2013 to present special events in honor of the series' 25th anniversary:

  • December 12, 2011 - International Documentary Association's Doc U on the Road, Brooklyn, NY · Kickoff reception for POV's 25th Anniversary.

  • February 22, 2012 - Big Sky International Film Festival, Missoula, MT · 25th Anniversary toast at the Doc Shop Party.

  • February 17, 2012 - Firelight Media & POV Summit: Sustaining a Career as a Public Media Maker, Brooklyn, NY · Closing reception recognizing POV's 25th Anniversary on PBS and the series' commitment to diversity.

  • April 12-16, 2012 - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival · POV sponsorship of the Full Frame Press Lounge.

  • April 13-15, 2012 - National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA · 25th Anniversary toast at the Gala Award reception.

  • April 25-May 5, 2012 - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Canada · POV sponsorship of the Doc Mogul lunch and 25th Anniversary toast at the Hot Docs Forum Reception.

  • Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY · Latin America Media Arts Fund jury and panel participation.

  • May 16, 2012 - PBS Annual Meeting, Denver, CO · 25th Anniversary reception, in collaboration with ITVS and Independent Lens.

  • June 12-16, 2012 - Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, England · 25th Anniversary reception.

  • June 18-24, 2012 - AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival, Washington, DC · "POV's 25th Anniversary: A Look Back" panel and 25th Anniversary reception hosted by PBS Distribution.

  • July 30, 2012 - The Doc Yard, Cambridge, MA · "POV's 25th Anniversary Celebration Screening of 'My Reincarnation'"

  • August 23, 2012 - Idaho Public Television, Ketchum, Idaho · "An Evening with POV and Simon Kilmurry"

  • September 28, 2012 - The Camden International Film Festival, Maine · A special reception hosted by the Points North Documentary Forum, in partnership with the Orchard, honoring POV.

  • June - November 2012 - The Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY · A year-long celebration of 25 years of POV featuring screenings of POV films.

  • October 17, 2012 - The New York Times Media Group, New York City · "THE LIGHT IN HER EYES: Women, Faith and Empowerment in Syria" panel.

  • October 18, 2012 - The Paley Center for Media, New York City · "Documenting Power: 25 Years of Political Films on POV" panel.

  • October 29 - November 4, 2012 - DOK Leipzig, Germany · "The Fragility of Democracy - 25 Years of POV in America" film program.

  • February 2013 - MoMA's "Documentary Fortnight" · Details to be announced.

POV has formed a 25th anniversary advisory committee that includes:

  • Stephen Apkon, Founder and Executive Director, Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC)

  • Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Heather Croall, Director, Sheffield International Documentary Festival (Doc/Fest)

  • Deirdre Haj, Executive Director, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

  • Ryan Harrington, Director of Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute

  • Pat Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

  • Dave Isay, Founder, StoryCorps

  • Robert Kenner, Director and Producer

  • Paula A. Kerger, President and Chief Executive Officer, PBS

  • Michael Lumpkin, Executive Director, International Documentary Association (IDA)

  • Ben√≠ Matias, Acting Executive Director, National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

  • Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President

  • Elizabeth Radshaw, Hot Docs Forum and Market Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

  • Tammy Robinson, Board Chair, POV

  • Tiffany Shlain, Founder, The Webby Awards; Co-founder, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences

  • Ron Simon, Curator, The Paley Center for Media

  • Sky Sitney, Festival Director, Silverdocs

  • Pegi Vail, Associate Director, Center for Media, Culture and History, New York University

  • Marc Weiss, Founder of POV

25th Anniversary Media Sponsor:
WNYC: New York Public Radio

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