- Word Play
Calling all crossword puzzlers and Scrabble fans! You know who are you can’t get enough word play. You do crossword puzzles on the train, play games of Scrabble in cafes or in the park, or on Scrabulous. Maybe you’ve read Marc Romano‘s Crossworld or Stephen Fatzis‘ Word Freaks, recent books on the worlds of […]
- WGBH Lab | POV Election 2008 – Winning Short Film Pitches Announced
This spring, WGBH Lab and POV have partnered to fund 10 independent producers, helping each of them realize ideas for a three-minute short documentary about a 2008 election story. We evaluated almost 100 pitches that reflect a wide range of filmmakers’ experiences with the coming election. Everyone at the Lab and POV was impressed with […]
- Web Spotlight: 'War Torn'
Several months ago, Yance Ford recommended a series of short films about the Iraq War entitled War Torn for our online short film festival. After a little googling, I realized that the series is already available on the Web, at Channel Four’s excellent Dispatches website. So I put the DVD aside, and moved on to […]
- What We're Watching, What We're Reading: Week of March 7, 2008
Watching Big Think “YouTube for smart people” (via Utne Reader Blog) The Future of Documentary Pat Aufderheide talks with WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi (starts at 4 minute mark) Reading Documentary Shorts Are Seeing New Opportunities For LifeindieWire reports on new distribution models for short films. Documentary filmmakers, Michael Moore is here to save you!Moore announces new […]
- Docs from the Past: 'Ilha das Flores'
Inspired by the growing number of docs about food that have been coming out lately, POV staffer Jessica Lee recently took another look at an older film that inspired her. Recent documentaries such as The Price of Sugar, King Corn, and Black Gold address how food is inextricably linked to politics and social justice. For […]
- Looking Back at Sundance
Now that the big dance is over, I thought I'd take a moment to wrap things up. Once again, the biggest buzz at Sundance was generated by the documentary lineup.
- Watching: WGBH Lab Open Call
Last year, POV partnered with the WBGH Lab in Boston to support the great work they are doing there. The Lab assists young mediamakers in creating short films and encourages them to experiment with new ways of making and interacting with content. It’s very cool, cutting-edge stuff. Every few months, the Lab announces an open […]
- Watching and Reading: Week of December 14, 2007
WATCHING Indie Lens Short Film Festival An eclectic mix of stories and storytelling with this batch of winning shorts. View. Vote. Download. 18 in ’08 Nonpartisan doc and movement targeting today’s 17- to 24-year-olds, many of whom will be voting in their first presidential election in 2008. Watch trailer. Frederick Wiseman Many of Wiseman’s documentaries […]
- Filmmaker Andy Blubaugh and 'Scaredycat'
Andy Blubaugh is a young filmmaker from Portland, Oregon whose 15-minute short film, Scaredycat, will air alongside Oscar-winner Freida Lee Mock’s Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner this week on PBS. An experimental documentary about the role fear plays in our lives, Scaredycat takes as a point of departure the beating of Andy at the […]
- Watching and Reading: Week of November 26, 2007
Each week, we’ll highlight links from the “Watching” and “Reading” sidebars on the right side of the page. WATCHING Michael Moore’s Sicko named Best Documentary at the 17th annual Gotham Awards on Tuesday night. The Webby Awards name 12 “most influential online videos of all time.” Watch daily reports from the International Documentary Film Festival […]
- Documentary Short: Star Spangled Blues
POV alums Doug Hawes-Davis and Drury Gunn Carr (Libby, Montana, 2007) made their documentary short, Star Spangled Blues, as part of the International Documentary Challenge, a timed filming competition, held every year in March. The short won the best writing and best original song awards. Star Spangled Blues (2006) is a contemplative and moving look […]