Got a Question About Voting in America? Ask an Expert.
Why are voting laws so different from state to state? What’s a poll watcher, and how can you become one? Derek Cressman of Common Cause, a voting watchdog organization, answered some frequently asked questions about the U.S. election system on the POV companion website for Election Day, a film that chronicles the 2004 presidential election […]
Shelby Knox, POV Alum & Blogger
Speaking of POV flashbacks and film updates, I finally got the chance to check out a link that fellow staffer Eliza Licht sent around the office a couple weeks ago. Shelby Knox, the central character in The Education of Shelby Knox (POV 2005), recently became a blogger for the Huffington Post. Her beat, not surprisingly, […]
Radical Math and Documentary Films
POV’s Community Outreach and Education department participates in a range of conferences and workshops throughout the year. In an effort to explore using media in classrooms — even those where you might not expect to — Jessica Lee and Irene Villaseñor attended the Radical Math conference at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY last week. […]
Spotlight on DocuClub
Felix Endara is the Filmmaker Services Coordinator at Arts Engine, an organization that produces and supports independent media including Arctic Son (POV 2007), and the upcoming 2008 POV film Election Day. Felix is also the coordinator of DocuClub, a screening series which provides the opportunity for filmmakers to receive feedback while they’re in the […]
Great Docs: 'Eyes on the Prize'
Eyes on the Prize is the most comprehensive — and moving — civil rights documentary series ever made. The landmark production by Blackside — which runs a formidable 14 hours in total — was first aired on PBS in two parts in 1987 and 1990. The series traces the Civil Rights Movement from the ’50s […]
POV Community Screenings Making an Impact
I ran into Shelby Knox, a passionate young activist, recently in Manhattan. We first got to know each other in 2005 when POV broadcasted The Education of Shelby Knox. Still one of our most requested films by communities across the country — the film follows Shelby, a Southern Baptist high school student from a politically […]