- POV & Firelight Media Summit: A Docmaker's Survival Guide from the Legendary Filmmakers of Blackside
Journalist and aspiring filmmaker Alva French reports from the opening panel of "Sustaining a Career as a Public Media Maker," a day-long summit held at POV.
- Say What? Re-learning How to Speak 'Documentary'
With regionalisms, bursts of new technology and self-proclaimed gurus online, the use of jargon in the documentary world has lead to what guest writer Fernanda Rossi calls a "perfect Babel."
- 'New Muslim Cool' Producer Celebrates Eid at State Department with Hillary Clinton
Kauthar Umar (New Muslim Cool) tells POV about her Washington, D.C., experience and reaction to a screening of Fordson, another documentary that breaks down stereotypes about being Muslim in America.
- 'The Learning' Inspires a Fight for Filipino Teachers' Rights
The POV documentary The Learning inspired Katrina Abarcar to stand up for the rights of the Filipino teachers working in America.
- Journalist Matthieu Aikins Responds to 'Armadillo'
Matthieu Aikins is a journalist whose writing on Afghanistan has appeared in Harper's, the Guardian, the Walrus, and other publications. He splits his time between Kabul and New York.
- Project VoiceScape: Grant-Winning Teens Tackle Tough Topics
Project VoiceScape, a collaboration between Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV, recently awarded 15 $2,000 filmmaking grants to 22 emerging young talents from around the country. Project VoiceScape editorial committee member Jessica Lee tells us about some of the challenges she faced in awarding the grants and what we can expect next from the filmmaker-finalists.
- 'The Edge of Dreaming' Community Screenings at Schools of Metaphysics Next Week
Dr. Barbara Condron oversees international education for the School of Metaphysics (SOM). On January 22 at 7 PM, 17 SOM branches around the country will host screenings and discussions of Amy Hardie’s The Edge of Dreaming (POV 2010). I always look forward to Tuesdays. They’re my days in town with Hezekiah, our 15-year-old son who […]
- 'O' Say Can You See' Exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras‘ two most recent feature-length films, My Country, My Country and The Oath (both aired on POV), are part of a planned trilogy that explore the ambiguities, injustices and bureaucracy of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. While a third film has yet to […]
- Cage Match: Filmmaking or Activism? at Independent Film Week
Sarah Tabet is currently interning in the community engagement department at POV. She is also working at Chicken & Egg Pictures as an assistant to the fund. Earlier this week, she attended various panels at Independent Film Week. Here’s her report from one of the most talked about panels. “Have filmmakers taken off their story-telling […]
- 'New Muslim Cool' Producers Speak at U.S. State Department
New Muslim Cool co-producers Kauthar Umar and Hana Siddiqi wrote in to tell us about “Generation Change,” a U.S. State Department event held last week in Washington, D.C. toasting some of the best and most innovative American Muslim leaders under the age of 30. With much excitement and anticipation we arrived in Washington, D.C. last […]
- Ella Es el Matador, One Year Later
Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador) aired on POV a year ago. Filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco wrote in recently to update us on the film and its subjects. Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco Here’s an update with highlights from screenings of Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador), and from […]
- Up the Yangtze – An Update from China
In 2008, POV aired Up the Yangtze, which told the story of the Yu family as the Three Gorges Dam project in China changed their lives. Filmmaker Yung Chang revisited the Yu family in the summer of 2010. He shares some pictures and updates from the family. Dear Friends, I took some time off from […]
- 'Soldiers of Conscience' Featured at Public Hearing of the Truth Commission on Conscience in War
Catherine Ryan is a three-time POV alum. Soldiers of Conscience (POV 2008) was her third film to be shown on POV. The other two are Maria’s Story (1991) and The Double Life of Ernesto Gómez Gómez (1999). She reports back from last month’s public hearing of the Truth Commission on Conscience in War that was […]
- Remembering Howard Zinn
Filmmaker Anthony Giacchino‘s film, The Camden 28, featured historian Howard Zinn. Upon hearing about Howard Zinn’s death last week, Anthony sent in this tribute to “the People’s Historian.” Just last Saturday, I emailed Howard Zinn to tell him I was going to attend a performance of his wonderful play, Marx in Soho, outside Philadelphia. I […]
- A POV Intern Plays Mad Libs with Albert Maysles at the Cinema Eye Honors
POV intern Alice Rhee is a sophomore at Oberlin College. This January, Alice is watching lots of documentaries and working with POV’s Interactive department on POV’s Web presence. She reports back from last week’s Cinema Eye Honors ceremony. Can you find a more fascinating group of people than documentary filmmakers? They are socially conscious, inspiring […]
- Community Events: POV Screenings at Hofstra University
Students in the MFA Documentary Program at Hofstra University in Hempsted, New York, have been screening POV films this semester. MFA candidate Stefani Saintonge shares some of the highlights of the series so far. This semester, the MFA Documentary Program at Hofstra University is hosting a series of POV screenings. As a student of the […]
- Looking Back on the Original Re:Vietnam Site
In 1996, POV launched Re: Vietnam | Stories Since the War. The site was an early test of the potential of the Internet as a vehicle for community building and open exchange. Today, as POV announces Regarding War, an update of the original site that provides a space for conversations about all wars — current and […]
- An Update to “Street Fight”
There’s a lot going on New Jersey these days: a heated race for governor, a money laundering and public corruption scandal that saw the arrest of 44 people in July, and a bumper crop of cranberries. The city of Newark, N.J., is also back in the spotlight as the focus of a new Sundance Channel […]