- Enter to Win a Signed 'Neurotypical' DVD and Poster
Enter for a chance to win the signed Neurotypical DVD and poster, plus a bundle of other POV DVDs and prizes!
- Giveaway: Win a StoryCorps Animated Shorts DVD
Thanks for joining our OVEE online "social screening" of StoryCorps Animated Shorts. Enter now for a chance to bring these films home with your own StoryCorps Animated Shorts DVD.
- Giveaway: Win a 'Nostalgia for the Light' DVD!
Enter our giveaway by December 14, 2012 in order to be eligible to win a DVD of 'Nostalgia for the Light,' complete with bonus features created by filmmaker Patricio Guzmán.
- A Holiday Gift Guide for Documentary Fans and Documentarians
Watch, Make, Learn! This year give the gift of documentaries. For once, we mean it literally!
- There's still time to win POV DVDs, autographed posters and more!
Have you used POV lesson plans or discussion guides? Do you want to help shape our Season 24 resources? If so, just fill in your email at http://www.pbs.org/pov/educators/education-survey.php and we’ll email you our Community Engagement & Education survey. One lucky entrant will win our Anniversary Collection and three others will win a select POV DVD, […]
- Doc Soup: On Docs, Distribution and the Cinematic Experience
Last week, two docs from 2007, What Would Jesus Buy? and Darfur Now were released on DVD. They both disappointed at the box office. I think I know why. I don’t like to knock a doc when it’s down, but when I noticed that they were both hitting DVD shelves, I thought there’s something worth […]
- Doc Roundup: March 6, 2008
IN THEATERS From The Unforeseen Laura Dunn‘s The Unforeseen, executive produced by Terrence Malick and Robert Redford, tells the story of massive real estate developments near Austin, Texas and their impact on the environment. The film, called “part straight-ahead land-war documentary and part elegiac contemplation of the earth and what humans do to it” by […]
- From the Archives: Documentaries for Women's History Month
March is National Women’s History Month, so why not curl up with some films from the POV archives that celebrate amazing, courageous women from around the country? The women showcased in these three POV films — an African-American Congresswoman running for president; a Christian teenager from Lubbock, Texas; and an Asian-American architect — are very […]
- What We're Watching, What We're Reading: Week of February 29, 2008
Watching Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts African American Lives 2 on PBS. Reading The Color of PoliticsNew Yorker article about Cory Booker, a “mayor of the post-racial generation” and the history of Newark politics. Variety reports that Agnes Varda is working on a new “autobiographical docu feature”, Les Places d’Agnes, that will be ready for […]
- 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 […]
- Doc Soup: Looking Forward to the Oscars
Now that Sundance is over, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the Oscar nominees for Best Documentary: No End In Sight Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience Richard E. Robbins Sicko Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara Taxi To The Dark Side Alex Gibney and Eva Orner War/Dance […]
- Watching and Reading: January 18, 2008
WATCHING Howard Rheingold, Web guru, launched a new video blog this month (from BoingBoing) Blue VinylPOV alum Judith Helfand’s 2002 doc aired on the Sundance Channel this month. New Hampshire Primary 2008 GuardianFilms’ documentary team reports from the U.S. READING Robert Redford talks about the Sundance Film Festival’s longstanding commitment to documentary film. Oprah Winfrey […]
- “Documentary Style” Shot-making
I have a suggestion to fictional filmmakers and critics alike: Let’s update the definition of “documentary style” shooting.
- Doc Roundup: January 10, 2007
IN THEATERS Chuck Close — painter, photographer, printmaker — is the subject of a new documentary film by Marion Cajori, Chuck Close: An Elegant Portrait of the Art World’s Leading Portraitist. Previously, Ms. Cajori had made a short film that aired on PBS in 1998 called Chuck Close: A Portrait in Progress. The new feature-length […]
- Watching and Reading: Week of January 4, 2008
Watching The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 POV Film ScreeningsNext week: Waging a Living in Burtonsville, Maryland. New Yorker: Naked Campaign ShortsIllustrator Steve Brodner draws the candidates. Reading A New Award for Nonfiction Filmmaker and blogger AJ Schnack announces the birth of a new award for […]
- Doc Roundup: Best Docs of 2007
By all accounts, 2007 was a great year for American films. In addition to a slate of wildly acclaimed fictional films, a number of well regarded documentaries made their way into theaters. Unfortunately, most of those documentaries didn’t fare so well at the box office. However, some of them have made it onto “Best Of” […]
- From the Archives: Sweet Old Song
If you’re looking for a story of music, love, art and family this holiday season, look no further than Leah Mahan‘s Sweet Old Song. The film tells the story of acclaimed musician Howard "Louie Bluie" Armstrong, who is renowned for a lifetime of jazz, blues, folk and country music. Armstrong’s roots in America’s musical past, […]
- From the Archives: Every Mother's Son
From now until New Year’s day, the POV Blog will be posting about great documentaries from the POV archives. Rent one at the local video store or via Netflix to watch with your friends and family during the holiday season. When Amadou Diallo died in a hail of police gunfire in his New York apartment […]