2012 Webby Award Nominees in the Documentary and Social Issue Categories
The Webby Awards has announced its nominees for 2012, and the list of honorees includes StoryCorps Shorts: September 11 Stories!
Critics Call 'Better This World' a Riveting Thriller – Watch It Tonight on PBS!
Critics are raving about Better This World, a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal that follows the radicalization of boyhood friends under the tutelage of a revolutionary activist.
Doc Soup: Is a Remarkable Story Enough?
Serves me right for giving the BBC’s Nick Fraser a hard time about his criticism of social activist documentaries last week. As soon as I put down my pen, I am led like a cow to water, to drink from the very same liberal industrial complex that Fraser decried. I was asked to look at […]
Doc Soup: Burritos and Socially-Conscious Docs
There I was, just another guy standing on a long line of guys waiting to get a burrito at a Chipotle in Manhattan, when I noticed a poster for Food, Inc. placed right above the guacamole. I don’t usually think of socially-conscious docs and fast food chains as natural partners, so I looked it up […]
Doc Soup: Docs as Art or Activism?
On Tuesday night, you’re going to get to see a very compelling doc called The Last Conquistador, about sculptor John Houser‘s building of the largest bronze equestrian statue in El Paso. The good people at POV gave me a DVD screener of the film, so I got to see it and I have a lot […]
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 […]
Doc Soup: Changing the World Through Docs
Made any good docs lately? I just recently sat down with director Jehane Noujaim (Startup.com, Control Room), and she told me about an impressive project she’s working on. First, let me ask how many filmmakers under the age of 35 (Jehane is 33) have managed to knock out two great, successful, critically-praised, culturally-significant docs? Jehane […]
Filmmaker Spotlight: Freida Lee Mock
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock returns to POV on December 12th with her new film Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner. In the film, Mock followed the acclaimed playwright from 2001 to 2004, documenting his creative process, his collaborations with actors, composers and directors, and his steadfast commitment to political activism. In 1995, Freida […]