Ruiyan Xu

Five Most Popular Web Features of the Year

As we prepare to ring in the new year, we thought we’d take this opportunity to look back on the Web features that POV viewers liked most and to create a year-end list of our own. In 2008, the most popular features on the POV website were the ones that followed the characters featured in

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Outside the Frame: Mommy Talk. Mommy Listen?

Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, blogs about documentaries and the Web in her column, Outside the Frame, published every other Wednesday. I should say right off the bat that I don’t have kids. So what am I doing at Momversation, a video blog about the experiences of motherhood? Well, I’m

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Ask the Filmmaker: Inheritance’s James Moll

When Inheritance filmmaker James Moll was working on a film for the Schindler’s List DVD about Oskar Schindler’s survivors, he needed to obtain permission to use a photograph of Nazi commander Amon Goeth. The photograph was owned by Goeth’s daughter, Monika Hertwig, and when James called her at home in Germany, they began having a

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‘Up the Yangtze’ and ‘The Betrayal’ Nominated for Independent Spirit Awards

It’s almost the end of the year, which means that film award season is in full swing. The Academy Award shortlist for best documentary came out a few weeks ago, and the Satellite Award nominees for best documentary were announced at the end of November. This morning, the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards were

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