film festivals

Weekly Roundup: Big Sky Festival, Robert Kenner in NYC and MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival began on February 12th in Missoula, Montana and continues through this weekend. The festival’s founding and artistic director is Doug Hawes-Davis, whose film Libby, Montana aired on POV in 2007. Among the award winners at the festival this year are two films that will be broadcast on POV: Lixin

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Weekly Roundup: Mourning Karen Schmeer, Oscar Nominations, Sundance Wrap-up and More

This week, the documentary world mourns the passing of a beloved editor, we look forward to the Oscars and look back at Sundance, and we take a peek at Patti Smith’s new memoir. Documentary editor Karen Schmeer was killed in a hit-and-run accident in New York City last week. Filmmaker Errol Morris, who worked with

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Sundance Update: Meetings, Screenings, Panels and Parties in Park City

POV’s series producer Yance Ford is at the Sundance Film Festival. She’s blogging and twittering from Park City throughout the week. Well, the infamous Sundance wall reared up and smacked me on Tuesday. Keeping up with the meetings, screenings, panels and parties here in Park City is an exhausting (though fun) job, but once in

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Italian DOC (denominazione di origine controllata)

POV associate producer Andrew Catauro reports back from Italy, where he attended the 2009 Italian Doc Screenings event. Last week I attended an event for Italian documentary filmmakers called Italian Doc Screenings (IDS). IDS is a presentation of Doc/it (the Italian Documentary Filmmakers Association), and this year marks the first time POV has taken part.

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An Interview with Sky Sitney, Artistic Director of Silverdocs

POV’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry interviews Sky Sitney, artistic director of the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. Silverdocs will run from June 15-22 in conjunction with the International Documentary Conference. For the full line-up and schedule, visit www.silverdocs.com. Simon Kilmurry: Can you tell us a little about how films are chosen for the festival? With

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An Interview with John Biaggi, Director of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

The 20th Human Rights Watch International Film Festival (HRWIFF) takes place in New York from June 11 to June 25. POV’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry took the opportunity to ask John Biaggi, the director of the festival, about the history of the festival and what’s on slate for this year. Check out HRWIFF’s website to

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