- Countdown to Sundance 2009
It’s January, and in the world of independent films, that means everyone is gearing up for the fabled Sundance Film Festival, which will take place from January 15-25, 2009 in Park City, Utah. We’re looking forward to seeing and reading about all the films, awards and parties. We’re also thrilled that two films premiering at […]
- Watch Groundbreaking 1993 Doc Silverlake Life Online
Fifteen years ago, POV broadcast the documentary Silverlake Life: The View From Here by Tom Joslin and Peter Friedman. And from now until February 22, 2009, a streaming version of this groundbreaking film will be available for free on the POV website. Silverlake Life is one of several full-length films being streamed by POV. Mark […]
- Is Man on Wire the Doc of the Year?
For film critics, the end of the year means casting an eye over the last twelve months of offerings and whittling down their “Best of” lists. Award season has begun, and as various regional critics associations (Houston! Chicago! Toronto! etc.) weigh in with their pronouncements, everyone begins the countdown to the Academy Awards, which take […]
- Doc Soup: Sundance Announces 2009 Doc Entries
The documentary entries at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival were announced recently, and it’s quite an impressive list. There are so many great-sounding docs: I am happy to see the return of Joe Berlinger, the director of Brother’s Keeper, with Crude, a doc about an environmental lawsuit battle being waged in Ecuador. There’s also The […]
- Academy Award Documentary Shortlist
Congratulations to all the filmmakers on the 15-film shortlist for the Oscar for Best Documentary! Upcoming POV film The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), by Ellen Kuras, which will air on PBS in 2009, was among the films included. In January 2008, the POV Blog followed Ellen as she spent a day at the Sundance Film Festival, where […]
- Doc Soup: Music of 'The Betrayal'
You’ve heard me talk about it before, but, finally, Ellen Kuras‘ The Betrayal is making it to the public this Friday, at the IFC Film Center so forgive me if I have little more to say. The movie, 23 years in the making, is about a Laotian immigrant family’s experience in America; after its opening […]
- Doc Soup: Where Are the Docs on the Economy?
With our global economy tanking and everyone peering gloomily forward to a multi-year recession that has us asking, “How could we let this happen?” I figure it’s time to give credit where credit (pun intended) is due in the doc world. Who grabbed that Wall Street bull (ok, no more puns from here on) by […]
- Outside the Frame: Introducing Amanda Hirsch
Freelance writer Amanda Hirsch, former editorial director of PBS Interactive, will be writing a biweekly column, Outside the Frame, for the POV Blog about documentaries and the Web. Outside the Frame will be published every other Wednesday. As a long-time POV fan, I’m thrilled to join the ranks of POV bloggers. While I’m a big […]
- Doc Soup: Is It Time to Adjust Our Definition of Documentary “Characters”?
Writing about documentaries ain’t what it used to be. Not that I would know I’m just talking with my tongue in my cheek about the supposedly sepia-tinted times before docs were (relatively) big business. I recently wrote a piece for Spin magazine about the great doc, Anvil! The Story of Anvil, which is getting […]
- Doc Soup: Major Marketing for 'American Teen'
Every Monday, independent journalist Tom Roston checks in and writes about the world of documentaries in his column, Doc Soup. This past weekend, American Teen hit theaters. I’d put it up there with about five other docs (Standard Operating Procedure, Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, Young@Heart, Man on Wire and Religulous) as […]
- Doc Soup: Docs at Home
Last week, I did something I’d never done before. I sat on my couch and watched a documentary on television. Big whoop, you say? Well, as a POV blogger and a guy who’s always going on about how special and wonderful theatrical docs and doc film festivals are, I thought it was about time I […]
- Doc Soup: Test Screenings for Docs?
Last week, at the premiere for Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? director Morgan Spurlock asked everyone who had worked on the film to stand up. I’d say a good 20% of the audience rose from their seats. “Wow, that is a lot of people. We should have had a test screening with […]
- Doc Soup: April Docs
The hot theatrical doc season begins! The month of April sees two much-anticipated documentaries being released, Errol Morris‘ Standard Operating Procedure (on April 25) and Morgan Spurlock‘s Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? (on April 18). Although both of these are from A-list filmmakers, these two documentaries have a lot stacked against them […]
- The 2008 Full Frame Festival Begins!
Yance Ford is in Durham, North Carolina this weekend, where she’s blogging from the 2008 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The 2008 Full Frame Film Festival got off to an enthusiastic start in Durham last night. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards, addressed the crowd at Fletcher Hall. She spoke about the […]
- 2008 POV Preview: 'Traces of the Trade'
Get ready to park yourself on the couch on Tuesday nights this summer (or, set up your Tivo to record), because POV has just announced our 2008 schedule, and as usual, we’ll be presenting a slate of insightful and thought-provoking documentaries. We’re back on your local PBS stations starting Tuesday, June 24 at 10 PM […]
- Thoughts on the Cinema Eye Awards
Yance Ford, POV’s series producer, attended the inaugural Cinema Eye Awards on March 18th. She writes in with some of her thoughts on what she liked and didn’t like about the awards. For a complete list of winners, visit the website of the Cinema Eye Honors. Gathered in decidedly more casual attire than the Academy […]
- Doc Soup: What Not to Watch?
As promised last week, I bring you the worst documentaries of all time! It’s really hard to imagine such a list could be cobbled together, but after I perused the top-rated documentaries based on the movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, I was curious to see what would show up at the bottom. So, here’s the […]
- 72 Hours at SXSW
Anne del Castillo, POV’s director of development and special projects, just returned from SXSW. She reports on what it was like to return to her old stomping grounds in Austin. I remember a conversation that I had with film bloggers Joel Heller, Agnes Varnum, and Sarah Jo Marks at SXSW last year: Joel told us […]