- Doc Memo: The Film That Changed a Genre, The Cost of Creative Freedom
POV's daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.
- Documentaries at the Video Store
By the time I was 20, I had seen only two documentaries in theaters. The first was a special screening of Koyaanisqatsi with a live performance of the music by Phillip Glass, and the other was Michael Moore’s first out-of-left-(literally)-field hit, Roger & Me, in 1989. In other words, they were special events. Any other […]
- Albert Maysles: Conjurer of Real Life
Pioneering filmmaker Albert Maysles passed away earlier this year at the age of 88. POV's series creator Marc Weiss remembers Maysles for his profound influence on him and generations of documentarians.
- March (of the Docs) Madness 2015
Legends, stirring storylines and passionate fans are a few of the commonalities between college basketball and documentary filmmaking. 32 documentary symbols go head to head in our March Madness tournament. Vote now!
- Remembering Documentary Pioneer Albert Maysles
Tom Roston remembers veteran documentarian and mentor Albert Maysles.
- Documentary Filmmakers: You Call That A Trailer?
What's the deal with documentary trailers? Tom Roston considers some of the best and most disappointing doc trailers he's seen and wonders if they're a marketing tool finally on the upswing in the documentary world.
- A Call for Documentary Critics
Doc Soup Man Tom Roston says film criticism is in decline just as documentary is reaching new heights in popularity. Where are the critics who can recognize what's great -- and what's not -- in a documentary?
- A Message from Albert Maysles on the “Greatest” Documentary, “Grey Gardens”
"I'm honored, and Big Edie and Little Edie would be too, that the public is so fond of them. Thank you POV fans for the appreciation."
- The 25 “Greatest” Documentaries of All Time
We asked fans of POV to help us find the "greatest" documentaries of all time, and this is what we found...
- TMI: How Much Information is Too Much Information When Gaining the Trust of a Subject?
Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, the directors of the award-winning October Country and the new documentary Off Label, understand the nuance in sharing personal information to win over a subject and, sometimes, in keeping a secret.
- Seven Mothers from Seven Mother's Day Documentaries
In time for Mother's Day, Tom Roston presents a list of documentaries that celebrate motherhood in all its forms.
- Hulu Adds 30 Documentaries to Its Collection, Including Amir Bar-Lev's Re:Generation Music Project
Tom Roston shines a light on the slate of documentaries that Hulu has recently added. Amir Bar-Lev's Re:Generation Music Project is of particular note and should play well to Hulu's core audience.
- Documentary Year in Review Countdown #8: Cinéma Vérité Pioneer Richard “Ricky” Leacock Dies
POV is counting down the top documentary stories of 2011 on New Year's Eve 2012.
- Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan on the Post-9/11 Paul McCartney Doc 'The Love We Make'
Legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles reflects on what led him to become a vérité filmmaker and connections between his new doc and the seminal Salesman.
- Doc Soup: HBO's 'Cinema Verite' Revisits PBS Proto-Reality-TV Series 'An American Family'
Mark your calendars! This Saturday (April 23, 2011), HBO premieres its film, Cinema Verite, about what’s commonly known as the first reality television show. It’s a fictional re-creation of the nonfiction filmmaking of a real thing. If that’s a tough concept to get your head around, don’t worry, HBO will be serving it with a […]
- Doc Soup: Best Documentary Characters of All Time
As promised, it’s time for my “Best Documentary Characters of All Time” list. You may be wondering: How does one go about compiling a list of best characters from nonfiction films? These “characters” aren’t the products of imagination and craft, after all; they are real people. But, wait, don’t we have the expression, “He/she is […]