- Next on POV: Beats of the Antonov
Sudanese civilians facing government bombing celebrate their heritage through music. Watch "Beats of the Antonov" - Monday on PBS.
- Music and 'Only the Young': Listen & Share Your #myHSsoundtrack
The music in Only the Young made us think about the role of music in documentary – and in narratives about growing up. Listen to the High School Soundtracks of the main subjects of Only the Young, then share your #myHSsoundtrack with the POV community.
- Giveaway: Win a Pair of Combo Passes to the Inaugural CBGB Festival
Who wants to rock next weekend at the inaugural CBGB festival? Tom Roston will be giving away two Music/Film Combo passes to the festival in NYC!
- 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.
- POV Alumni Featured in 2011 TIME 100 List
Late last week, TIME magazine published its 2011 TIME 100 list, featuring a group they deem to be “the most influential in the world.” TIME describes those chosen as people whose “ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution.” Cory Booker and Patti Smith TIME Magazine This year’s list includes two POV alumni: Newark, […]
- Doc Soup: Q&A with the Directors of 'Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone'
I envy everyone (including POV peeps) who are in Texas right now. That’s because they’re in close proximity to what promises to be a very awesome day of black funk-ska-punk-rock n’ roll, all thanks to the very cool documentary, Everyday Sunshine, which is screening on Thursday at the SXSW Festival in Austin. The film is […]
- Doc Soup: Hipsters With Heart
They might not make a lot of money. They may not always feed the ego. But documentaries are hip. It’s worth noting in these times (I’ll get to that later) that there are a couple of super cool docs directed by uber-hipster directors that have recently hit theaters. First, there is The Thorn in the […]
- A Busy Week for Patti Smith
Patti Smith‘s got a lot going on in the coming weeks and months: sold-out Bowery Ballroom concerts; “Objects of Life” show with Steven Sebring at the Robert Miller Gallery; new book, Just Kids (pictured, right); poetry reading with Sam Shepard at the 92nd Street Y and of course, POV’s Patti Smith: Dream of Life, which […]
- “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” Review Roundup
Wednesday night’s POV broadcast of Patti Smith: Dream of Life (9 pm most PBS stations, check local listings) has been generating a lot of critical acclaim in the press and online. Sign On San Diego‘s Remote Possibilities blog names it a “TV Pick of the Week” and part of a “Genius Blowout” when coupled with […]
- Doc Soup: The Poetry of Short Films
Forgive me, I know I’m a week late since POV aired the shorts program (you can watch all the short films online at the above link), but I was away and I just saw them…and they were so cool! I hope that you caught them too, maybe in much the same way I have come […]
- Video Interview with Patti Smith from the PBS Press Tour
POV spent some time in Los Angeles earlier this month at the Television Critics Association Press Tour promoting our December special, Patti Smith: Dream of Life. PBS did some interviews with filmmakers, producers and featured subjects of upcoming PBS shows and films. You can find a full line-up of interviews including filmmakers Ken Burns, […]
- M-Team from “New Muslim Cool” on the Today Show This Sunday
M-Team, the rap group consisting of Hamza Perez and his brother Suliman seen in New Muslim Cool, are performing on NBC’s Today Show on Sunday morning at 8 AM. Don’t forget to set your DVRs! You can listen to 2 tracks from M-Team, as well as other music from and inspired by New Muslim Cool, […]
- Yo!TV Interviews Hamza Pérez
POV’s premiere film of our 2009 season is New Muslim Cool, the story of a young Muslim hip-hop artist confronting the realities of the post-9/11 world — and himself. New Muslim Cool had its world-premiere screening last month at the San Francisco Film Festival. Director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, Hamza Pérez and others associated with the […]
- Doc Soup: The Music of Pulling John, Part 2
Last week, Tom interviewed Gary Meister, the composer behind the soundtrack for Pulling John, a film that opened at SXSW over the weekend. This week, he talks to one of the film’s directors, Vassiliki Khonsari, about the vision behind the soundtrack and the collaborative process. What kind of music did you want for the film? […]
- In Memory of John Cephas
Earlier this month, filmmaker Leah Mahan shared her memories of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, the subject of her 2002 POV film Sweet Old Song, in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday on March 4. Armstrong passed away in 2003. Last week, she received news that John Cephas, one of the musicians featured […]
- Helene Klodawsky's Malls R Us
POV alum Helene Klodawsky has been busy at work since her film, No More Tears Sister aired on POV in 2006. Her fascinating new film, Malls R Us, screens at MoMA next week as part of the museum’s Canadian Front 2009 program. We asked her to answer a few questions about the film and about […]
- Doc Soup: The Music of Pulling John, Part 1
The SXSW festival kicks off on Friday, March 13, with a slate of interesting docs. I figured this would be a good occasion to start a regular feature on Doc Soup where I highlight what the various behind-the-camera people “do” on a documentary. It ain’t always about the director, as we all know. This week, […]
- Remembering Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong, Part IV
Acclaimed musician Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong was the subject of not one, but two POV films over the years, Louie Bluie (1988) by Terry Zwigoff and Sweet Old Song (2002) by Leah Mahan. Armstrong passed away at the age of 94 in 2003. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday today. Over the course of […]