Both films will air on PBS and stream online in early 2019
New York, N.Y. — June 20, 2018 — POV recently acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for 306 Hollywood by Elan and Jonathan Bogarín. The film will join POV’s early 2019 schedule with AmDoc/POV Co-production Minding the Gap by Bing Liu, which announced last week a Hulu Originals acquisition for an August 2018 theatrical and streaming release. These 2019 films build on POV’s recent announcements regarding the acquisition of On Her Shoulders and The Silence of Others.
306 Hollywood, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is a magical realist documentary of two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. They embark on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind. 306 Hollywood won the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs and the Grand Jury Prize at the Kansas City Film Festival. The film will release theatrically in September 2018 in collaboration with the Sundance Institute, while Amazon has acquired the film’s streaming rights.
Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown. There, Bing Liu explores various heady subjects, from masculinity to racial identity to domestic abuse and the transition to adulthood. Minding the Gap was the winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered, the Audience Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest, among over 25 festival distinctions. The film is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV and Independent Television Service (ITVS).
“POV has a long history of releasing innovative non-fiction films and we are truly honored to be a part of this tradition,” said 306 Hollywood directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarín. “We hope that together we can continue to push the boundaries of the documentary form.”
“A couple years ago, POV was the first organization to put financial backing into Minding the Gap when they came on as co-producers,” Minding the Gap director Bing Liu added. “The film literally wouldn’t have been made without them (or at least would’ve taken even longer to finish). It’s an honor to be one of the films chosen to close out the season in 2019.”
“The films we are planning to finish out our 31st season with are powerful examples of how documentary can reexamine and reanimate lives past and present,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentary. “In 306 Hollywood, the Bogaríns blur the line between nonfiction and narrative film, vividly bringing back to life their late grandmother in the process. Bing’s debut feature is a moving account of that familiar leap into adulthood, with unique insights into race, gender and violence.”
The 31st season of POV begins Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS television and pov.org with the Sundance film QUEST. Including critical standouts like Dark Money, The War to Be Her and Nowhere to Hide, the slate of films will feature empowering stories about the strength of art and activism. All films will stream concurrently with broadcast on pov.org and on streaming devices.
The 306 Hollywood deal was negotiated by Justine Nagan and Chris White on behalf of POV with support from Aaron Goldberg of Holland & Knight, LLP, and Endeavor Content on behalf of 306 Hollywood.
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