- The International Documentary Challenge Registration Now Open
Now in its 5th year, The International Documentary Challenge returns to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. This year’s challenge takes place March 4 – 8, 2010 with registration now open. The Doc Challenge is a fun and innovative competition that will push your documentary skills to the limit. If you’re new […]
- POV and Food, Inc. Kick off Awards Season With Wins!
Christmas trees are up, temperatures have dipped, and as we flip the calendar to December, it’s clear that movie awards season has begun. Yesterday, the International Documentary Association announced winners in several categories for the 2009 IDA Documentary Awards. We’re thrilled to learn that POV won the Continuing Series Award! The ceremony for the IDA […]
- Last Chance to Register for the 2009 National Film Challenge
Here are a couple of items in my inbox that I thought filmmakers might want to note: There is only about a week left until the launch of the 2009 National Film Challenge, the sister competition of the 48 Hour Film Project. There is still time to organize your team and register before the kickoff […]
- Michael Moore Says “Good Luck” to POV's Emmy-Nominated Filmmakers!
We heard POV alum Michael Moore (both Roger & Me and Pets or Meat aired on POV in 1992) was in our neighborhood doing some publicity for his new film Capitalism: A Love Story. So we hit the sidewalk, in true Michael Moore-style, to see if he’d speak to us on camera. Lo and behold, […]
- Inside Independent Film Week with Milton Tabbot, Senior Director of Programming at IFP
POV’s series producer Yance Ford interviews Milton Tabbot, senior director of programming at IFP for an inside look at the world of independent filmmaking. IFP’s Independent Film Week will run from September 19-24 in New York, and IFP’s Filmmaker Conference will run concurrently, from September 19-23. Yance Ford: What is IFP and what’s your mission […]
- Happy 10th Birthday Wishes to the D-Word!
For those of you unfamiliar with the D-Word, it is a unique online community of over 2400 documentary professionals from over 78 countries who share information and resources on all things documentary, including creative, business, technical, and social topics. D-Word was started began as a series of online journal entries by filmmaker Doug Block depicting […]
- Independent Lens Announces 2009-2010 Season
Earlier this week our sister series, Independent Lens, announced their upcoming season on PBS. Starting October 13, Indie Lens’ films will air in the 10 PM Tuesday night timeslot on most PBS stations (check your local listings). The season kicks off with Megumi Sasaki’s Herb and Dorothy, the story of a postal worker and his […]
- In Theaters Now: “Food, Inc.”
Do you know how the food you’re eating got to your table? Food, Inc., a new film by Robert Kenner, aims to remove the veil of mystery that has shrouded our nation’s food supply and illuminate exactly how corporations are putting profit ahead of our health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of […]
- An Interview with Sky Sitney, Artistic Director of Silverdocs
POV’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry interviews Sky Sitney, artistic director of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Silverdocs will run from June 15-22 in conjunction with the International Documentary Conference. For the full line-up and schedule, visit www.silverdocs.com. Simon Kilmurry: Can you tell us a little about how films are chosen for the festival? With […]
- An Interview with John Biaggi, Director of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
The 20th Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (HRWIFF) takes place in New York from June 11 to June 25. POV’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry took the opportunity to ask John Biaggi, the director of the festival, about the history of the festival and what’s on slate for this year. Check out HRWIFF’s website to […]
- “Made in L.A.” Wins the Hillman Prize!
Alexandra Lescaze, executive director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, Made in L.A. filmmakers Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo, and Hillman Awards judge Hendrik Hertzberg, senior editor of the New Yorker Congratulations to filmmakers Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, whose film Made in L.A. (POV 2007) has been awarded a 2009 Hillman Prize. The Hillman Prizes […]
- Links and Events
Coverage of the fantastic Kim Longinotto (Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go, POV 2009) retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art included articles by Cynthia Fuchs at Pop Matters, who writes, “Longinotto’s documentaries explore moral and emotional intricacies, the shifting relations between individuals and communities,” and indieWire, which called Kim “England’s answer to Frederick Wiseman.” […]
- Kim Longinotto: Not a “Fly on the Wall”
POV series producer Yance Ford reports back on a couple of Kim Longinotto events from last week. POV’s Chris White and filmmaker Kim Longinotto at her POV filmmaker interview. If you were in New York City last week, you may have noticed that filmmaker Kim Longinotto was, well, everywhere. On Thursday afternoon she was interviewed […]
- Link Roundup
MoMA’s retrospective of Kim Longinotto‘s work starts this week. This is a rare chance to see all of Kim’s masterful films in America, and to hear from Kim herself — she is considered one of the foremost vérité filmmakers in the documentary world. Kim’s film Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go will air on POV […]
- Link Roundup
POV alum Sam Kauffman, whose thoughtful and provocative short film, Massacre at Murambi, premiered on POV in 2007, has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. In this BU Today article, Sam talks about how he plans on using the fellowship to return to Africa. Another POV alum, Marshall Curry, whose Street Fight (POV 2005) was nominated […]
- “New Muslim Cool” Honored at Al Jazeera Film Festival
Filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor just emailed us from Qatar to let us know that her 2009 POV film New Muslim Cool won the Freedom Prize at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival. The Freedom Award is sponsored by the Doha Centre for Media Freedom. Filmmaker Jennifer Taylor (center) and Senior Project Advisor Suad Abdul […]
- POV Alum Alex Rivera's “Sleep Dealer”
Filmmaker Alex Rivera‘s first feature documentary, The Sixth Section, premiered on POV in 2003. Since then, he has been working on his Sundance award-winning sci-fi thriller Sleep Dealer. The film, which A.O. Scott of the New York Times calls, “exuberantly entertaining — a dystopian fable of globalization disguised as a science-fiction adventure…” premieres in Los […]
- “Campaign” Wins a Peabody!
Congratulations to filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda, whose film Campaign just won a prestigious Peabody Award! Campaign, which aired on POV in July 2008, provides a startling, sometimes painfully funny view of Japanese electoral politics. If you want to see why the film garnered a rave from the New York Times (A.O. Scott says it will “restore […]