January 23, 2017 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Park City Women’s March: Massive Crowd Turns Out to Protest Donald Trump During Sundance
The Women’s March on Main hit Park City on a snowy Saturday morning, turning the first weekend of Sundance into a very different kind of must-attend event. Despite the frigid cold weather, turnout was high and the crowd remained energized during the march and hour-long parking lot rally, which spilled out around the surrounding hills and streets.
Read more | IndieWire »

‘Motherland’: Film Review | Sundance 2017
An immersive, firsthand introduction to the hospital reputed to have the world’s highest birth rate, Motherland not only provides an expressively etched account of specialized medical care, but also a telling perspective on dominant social trends and healthcare policy issues in the Philippines.
Read more | Hollywood Reporter »

‘Inconvenient Truth’ Sequel Opens Sundance 2017: ‘Damage Has Been Done’
An Inconvenient Sequel starts off on a beautifully discordant note, as sweeping nature vistas are accompanied by chorus-of-disapproval voiceovers calling climate change a fraud, suggesting that Gore is a charlatan and reminding us that Trump had called for the V.P’s Nobel Prize to be taken away.
Read more | Rolling Stone »

Sundance Exclusive: Clip From Documentary ‘Quest’ Welcomes You To North Philadelphia
The directorial debut of Jonathan Olshefski follows independent hip hop producer Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his family, over the course of several years, painting the portrait of a family managing to make ends meet and stick together as the world changes around them.
Read more | The Playlist »

Sundance After Trump: How The Election Changed the Filmmakers and Their Films
The election of Donald Trump, which snapped so many into a new reality they hadn’t imagined, came just two weeks before most Sundance directors received their golden ticket to the festival. So we asked this year’s directors: Did the election change how you thought about your film, and your career as a filmmaker?
Read more | IndieWire »

‘Whose Streets?’ review: searing film gives a voice to the people of Ferguson
Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis’s outstanding documentary, which has premiered at Sundance, gets to the heart of the St Louis suburb rocked by the police shooting of Michael Brown.
Read more | The Guardian »

Lineup for 17th Edition of Film Comment Selects Announced
Film Comment magazine’s annual showcase returns with a selection of titles curated from the magazine’s writings, an offering of strikingly bold visions and fresh voices that mixes exclusive premieres of vital new films and long-unseen older titles that deserve the big-screen treatment. Film Comment Selects runs February 17–23 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Read more | Film Society of Lincoln Center »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines

This Week

  • Sundance Film Festival Jan 19 – 29
  • Premiers Plans – Angers Film Festival Jan 20 – 29
  • Deadline: Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellowship Jan 24
  • Deadline: 2017 BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship Applications Jan 27

Next Week

  • Deadline: Submissions for DocumentaMadrid Jan 31
  • Deadline: AFI DOCS Film Festival Submissions Feb 3
  • Deadline: 2017 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant Feb 3

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