The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide


It's that time of year... Explore POV's gift guide and find the perfect stocking stuffers, Blu-rays, gear and more for your favorite documenatary fan or filmmaker.

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Gifts Under $100

We’re getting serious. Box sets, gear and more.


The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

DVD/Blu-Ray
The Qatsi Trilogy (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

Godfrey Reggio’s trio of films with incredible cinematography and scores by Phillip Glass explore what humanity’s technological progress has done to our world.

Price: $53.99
Buy It / More Info: Amazon.com


American Experience: The Presidents (DVD)

DVD/Blu-Ray
American Experience: The Presidents (DVD)

A perfect gift for any American politics history buff, American Experience’s Presidents Collection may even teach them something new – even if they’ll swear they already knew.

Price: $99.99
Buy It / More Info: shopPBS.org


The Montgomery Street Backpack

Gear & Accessories
The Montgomery Street Backpack

For the filmmaker on the go, this lightweight backpack fits your DSLR and laptop. Zippered and velcro pockets allow for quick and easy access to all your gear at a moment’s notice.

Price: $99.99
Buy It / More Info: Acme Made


a-JAYS Four iPhone Earphones

Gear & Accessories
a-JAYS Four iPhone Earphones

Those earphones Apple sends along with your iPhone or iPod may look cool, but the sound quality cowers at the crispness these deliver. And unlike all those other cords, cables and adapters in your bag, they’re tangle-free! Perfect for music or phone calls on the go with a built-in microphone.

Price: $64
Buy It / More Info: Amazon.com


Lightworks Pro (Windows)

Gear & Accessories
Lightworks Pro (Windows)

For budding editors! Earlier this year, we wrote about Lightworks, a feature-packed non-linear editing package as an alternative to the pricier Final Cut Pro on a Mac. It’s free, but there’s also a “pro” version with advanced codecs and more.

Price: $60
Buy It / More Info: Lightworks


The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back (Hardcover) & I'm Carolyn Parker (DVD)

Books & DVD/Blu-Ray
The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back (Hardcover) & I’m Carolyn Parker (DVD)

These inspiring stories about the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina remind us that our homes are not to be taken for granted. Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker aired on POV in 2012, and producer Daniel Wolff’s book “The Fight for Home” (read excerpts) gives us another glimpse at Parker and others in New Orleans.

Price: $42.15
Buy It / More Info: Amazon.com
Buy It / More Info: shopPBS.org


Film Streams

Memberships
Membership to Your Local Film Society or Cinema

You can watch a film alone, or you can watch it with other film lovers. Share a membership to a local film society or cinema that supports great documentaries and broaden the film repertoire of its recipient. Film Streams in Omaha, Nebraska, offers memberships for $50, The Flicks in Boise, Idaho, offers a yearly pass for $250, watch regularly screened docs at The Roxie Theater in San Francisco with a $275 annual pass, and Black Documentary Collective offers pay-what-you-can memberships (suggested price: $25).

Price: $25-$250
Buy It / More Info: Film Streams
Buy It / More Info: The Flicks
Buy It / More Info: The Roxie Theater
Buy It / More Info: Black Documentary Collective


Camden International Film Festival

Memberships
A Documentary Film Festival Pass

Just because you don’t live in Cannes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the glitz of a film festival! Documentary festivals can be found from coast to coast — and some of the best are in vacation-friendly small towns! Buy a pass to the Camden International Film Festival (Camden, Maine), Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, North Carolina), Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, Montana), and many more…

Price: $50-$550
Buy It / More Info: 12 Small-Town Documentary Festivals
Buy It / More Info: Camden International Film Festival
Buy It / More Info: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Buy It / More Info: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival


Film Forum Gift Card

Memberships
A New York City Film Membership

New York City offers many opportunities to watch documentaries. Support Film Forum and receive reduced-price tickets. Become a member at the Maysles Institute and receive free tickets, with reserved seating. And, UnionDocs passholders can gain access to the Bodega Series, a year of 100 curated events featuring artists, producers and critics, in addition to discounts to workshops, lectures, parties and special events.

Price: $75-$100
Buy It / More Info: Film Forum
Buy It / More Info: Maysles Institute
Buy It / More Info: UnionDocs


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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
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