- Weekend Web Roundup
The documentary blogosphere weighs in with reactions to the inaugural Cinema Eye Awards held last week in New York City. Our own Yance Ford offered her reaction last week. The Reeler Blog’s S.T. VanAirsdale summarizes the evening as well, calling it an evening “organized by friends for friends” and criticizing the awards for bowing to […]
- Thoughts on the Cinema Eye Awards
Yance Ford, POV’s series producer, attended the inaugural Cinema Eye Awards on March 18th. She writes in with some of her thoughts on what she liked and didn’t like about the awards. For a complete list of winners, visit the website of the Cinema Eye Honors. Gathered in decidedly more casual attire than the Academy […]
- 'Beautiful Losers' at SXSW
Earlier this month, I headed to Austin for my first SXSW festival. I attended both the interactive and film portions of the festival, and found myself quickly overwhelmed by all the panels, conversations and parties that transform this college town into a creative mecca every March. I kept thinking, if I were ten years younger, […]
- 72 Hours at SXSW
Anne del Castillo, POV’s director of development and special projects, just returned from SXSW. She reports on what it was like to return to her old stomping grounds in Austin. I remember a conversation that I had with film bloggers Joel Heller, Agnes Varnum, and Sarah Jo Marks at SXSW last year: Joel told us […]
- SXSW Documentary Feature Winners
Congratulations to Tony Gerber and POV alum Jesse Moss (Speedo, POV ’04) whose film Full Battle Rattle took the Special Jury Award! They Killed Sister Dorothy by Daniel Junge won both the Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award. Click here to see the full list of awards.
- 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 […]
- 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 […]
- Sex and the Documentary
I laughed out loud when I read Tom’s February 15 Doc Soup column — a top 10 list of the “sexiest” documentaries of all time — the words “sexy” and “documentary” don’t often get mentioned in the same breath (ever?) around the POV office. I have to admit that I later worried that readers might […]
- Film Your Issue * Call for Entries * 2 Minute Films* Deadline April 14
Earlier this month, I attended the Film Your Issue launch party at the United Nations. I first heard about Film Your Issue (FYI) from our partners at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. For the past five years we’ve worked with their American Democracy Project, to support them in accomplishing the goal of […]
- Big Sky Film Festival
After the hectic pace and hype of Sundance, it was a treat to go for the first time to the Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula. In fact, it was my first time in Montana — and I’ll be back. I was a juror in the documentary feature category along with the delightful Skylar Browing […]
- Now on DVD: 'Kurt Cobain: About a Son'
Kurt Cobain would have turned 41 yesterday. The Nirvana frontman wasn’t even 30 years old when he died in 1994, but songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” were practically anthems for the 90s. And whether the timing was a deliberate act of commemoration or sheer coincidence, AJ Schnack‘s Kurt Cobain: About a Son (first released […]
- San Francisco Happening: Remembering Harvey Milk
San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood has undergone a timewarp transformation over the past few days for the filming of Milk, Gus Van Sant‘s new movie based on the life and times of Harvey Milk. Milk was a 1970s-era activist and politician who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most remarkable people of the 20th century […]
- Sundance Recap: Docs and My Drama
This is the last of our live reports from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Cynthia Lopez is POV/AmDoc’s Vice President. This festival marked her eighth year attending Sundance. What follows is her personal diary of the high and low points of last week’s Sundance Film Festival. You just never know what’s going to happen when […]
- Film and Environmental Activism: Catching up with Everything's Cool's Judith Helfand and Daniel B. Gold
Environmental issues are a hot topic this election year. David Nanasi caught up with POV alum Judith Helfand (A Healthy Baby Girl, POV 1997 and True Lives 2005, and The Uprising of ’34, POV 1995) and Daniel B. Gold to hear more about what they’ve been doing to support their latest film, Everything’s Cool. Both […]
- Looking Back at Sundance
Now that the big dance is over, I thought I'd take a moment to wrap things up. Once again, the biggest buzz at Sundance was generated by the documentary lineup.
- A Family Member Speaks About 'Traces of the Trade'
On January 21, Katrina Browne‘s Traces of the Trade had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.