Watching and Reading: January 18, 2008

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WATCHING
Howard RheingoldHoward Rheingold, Web guru, launched a new video blog this month (from BoingBoing)

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POV alum Judith Helfand’s 2002 doc aired on the Sundance Channel this month.

John McCain in New HampshireNew Hampshire Primary 2008
GuardianFilms’ documentary team reports from the U.S.

READING
Robert Redford talks about the Sundance Film Festival’s longstanding commitment to documentary film.

Oprah Winfrey To Form Television Network With Discovery Communications (from The New York Times)

Park City ’08
indieWIRE continues to interview first-time Sundance filmmakers, including documentarians Katrina Brown (Traces of the Trade) and Peter Galison (Secrecy).

The Chutry Experiment
Chuck Tryon’s blog reviews Pat Aufderheide’s book Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction and discusses AJ Schnack and co.’s new award for documentaries.

Americans turn to online video
The BBC reports that online video sharing sites are reaping the benefits of the ongoing writers’ strike in the U.S.

Up The Yangtze Director Yung Chang
indieWire interviews the first-time director about his new documentary about the effects of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.

Anti-Piracy Dragnet Could Hurt ‘Fair Use’ of Copyrighted Video
The Center for Social Media releases a new report (from PBS Mediashift)

Apple to Let iTunes Users Rent Films as Well as Buy, People Say (from Bloomberg)

Ruiyan Xu
Ruiyan Xu
Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.