- To a Successful News Hunt
The results of our News Hunt for good journalism on the 2008 elections are in! From July 1 – 14, POV and PBS Engage joined forces with NewsTrust.net, a nonprofit social news site devoted to finding good journalism, to review current news stories about the 2008 elections with a focus on the voting process from […]
- Ask the Filmmakers: The Last Conquistador's John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra
When John J. Valadez and Cristina Ibarra, learned that the city of El Paso had commissioned a sculptor to create a statue of Juan de Oñate, they knew they wanted to document the controversial public arts project that had come to be seen as a monument to culture by some, and as a glorification of […]
- Ask the Filmmaker: The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández's Kieran Fitzgerald
Kieran Fitzgerald was only 17 years old in 1997 when a team of Marines shot and killed an innocent American citizen on the Texas-Mexico border. The film, narrated by Tommy Lee Jones, recounts the shooting and killing of a young American named Esequiel Hernández in 1997 by U.S. Marines patrolling the border as part of […]
- 'Election Day': Join Our News Hunt for Quality Journalism
Election Day shows us that many stories about the American voting process and the need for election reform slip beneath the radar of mainstream news coverage. Now that we’re just a few short months away from Election Day 2008, we want to take a close look at how these issues are being covered today. For […]
- Talking Back: 'Traces of the Trade'
Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North chronicles a unique and disturbing journey into the history and legacy of the U.S. slave trade. The documentary tracks what happens as filmmaker Katrina Browne comes to grips with the discovery that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. Her […]
- 2008 POV Preview: 'Last Conquistador'
Today, we continue looking ahead to our upcoming season. On Tuesday, July 15, POV will broadcast The Last Conquistador, by John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra. Renowned sculptor John Houser has a dream: to build the world’s tallest bronze equestrian statue for the city of El Paso, Texas. He envisions a stunning monument to the Spanish […]
- 2008 POV Season Preview
Ready for some good television that will enlighten, challenge, and inspire you? POV returns to PBS on 10 PM Tuesday evenings this summer. Take a sneak peek at the films that are coming up in our 2008 season preview: Watch the season preview. View the full schedule to see the full lineup, but check your […]
- 2008 POV Preview: 'The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández'
We’re preparing for another great season here at POV and now, we’re less than two months away from the first broadcast of the summer. Today, we’re taking a sneak peek at The Ballad of Esequiel Hernández by Kieran Fitzgerald. In 1997, U.S. Marines patrolling the Texas-Mexico border as part of the War on Drugs […]
- Why Vote? 2008: Tell Us What Issues Matter Most to You
Did you know that Earth Day was first officially observed throughout the United States in 1970? Thanks to Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, more than 20 million Americans organized massive rallies and demonstrations for a healthier, sustainable environment, protesting against massive oil spills, industrial pollution, and the loss of wilderness areas in what would become […]
- 2008 POV Preview: 'Election Day'
Now that it’s mid-April, we’re finally beginning to get a taste of spring here in New York. And that means that summer — and POV’s 21st season — are just around the corner. Today we’re taking a sneak peek at Election Day, which will have its broadcast premiere on Tuesday, July 1 at 10 PM […]
- A Preview of the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival kicks off this week in Durham, North Carolina. Now in its eleventh year, the festival brings filmmakers and film lovers to the historic Carolina Theater for four days of documentaries and it’s become one of the most celebrated doc festivals in the country. This year’s roster includes work […]
- POV Alum Helene Klodawsky's New Film to Premiere at MoMA
Helene Klodawsky’s No More Tears Sister, a documentary about Dr. Rajani Thiranagama, a tireless crusader for human rights in Sri Lanka, aired on POV in 2006. Her latest film, Family Motel, will have its New York premiere this weekend as part of the Canadian Front series at the Museum of Modern Art. This weekend, Helene […]
- What We're Watching, What We're Reading: Week of March 7, 2008
Watching Big Think “YouTube for smart people” (via Utne Reader Blog) The Future of Documentary Pat Aufderheide talks with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi (starts at 4 minute mark) Reading Documentary Shorts Are Seeing New Opportunities For LifeindieWire reports on new distribution models for short films. Documentary filmmakers, Michael Moore is here to save you!Moore announces new […]
- Tribeca Film Institute Joins Forces With Renew Media
IndieWire reports today that Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Film Festival Institute is joining forces with Renew Media, the New York organization that has supported independent filmmakers since 1990. The new organization will be led by Renew Media’s Brian Newman and combines the programs, staff, and boards of the two organizations. “What we are […]
- What We're Watching, What We're Reading: Week of February 29, 2008
Watching Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts African American Lives 2 on PBS. Reading The Color of PoliticsNew Yorker article about Cory Booker, a “mayor of the post-racial generation” and the history of Newark politics. Variety reports that Agnes Varda is working on a new “autobiographical docu feature”, Les Places d’Agnes, that will be ready for […]
- Girls Rock!
In Brooklyn, there’s a summer day-camp called the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. That’s right. Girls from eight to eighteen learn to write songs, play instruments, and to “rock out.” Just like School of Rock but for girls only. And indeed, music has such a wide appeal why should rocking out be […]
- POV Alum Adele Horne on Essay Films — or “Films That Try”
Adele Horne is the filmmaker behind The Tailenders (POV 2006), which examines missionary activity, the loss of languages around the world and global capitalism in an unusual and essayistic way. Adele, winner of the “Truer Than Fiction” Award at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, writes in with her thoughts on the history of essay films. […]
- Annual Academy Award Documentary Winners
The documentary winners of the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Sunday night. Best Documentary Feature Taxi to the Dark Side Alex Gibney and Eva Orner Best Documentary Short Subject Freeheld Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth Reactions from the blogosphere are slowly trickling in. First, a shout-out to our own Tom Roston, who was […]