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Ask a Filmmaker: Freida Lee Mock Answers, Part I

Last week, POV aired Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock’s latest film, Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner. Viewers wrote in with questions about the film for Ms. Mock via email and via blog comments. She’ll be answering a selection of those questions on the POV Blog this week. Question: Wrestling With Angels is about

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‘Freakonomics’ Documentary in the Works

According to Variety, the best-selling book, Freakonomics, is being adapted into a documentary that will begin shooting in January for release next summer. POV alums Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing (Boys of Baraka, POV 2006), Laura Poitras (My Country, My Country, POV 2006), and noted filmmakers Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Alex Gibney (Enron: The

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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

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Film Independent Spirit Award Noms Announced

The nominations for the 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced on Monday morning by ceremony hosts Zach Braff and Lisa Kudrow in Los Angeles. The Spirit Awards celebrate independent (and low budget) filmmaking. Eligible films must be at least 70 minutes long, and the cost of the completed film, including post-production, must be under

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Media Guide: Storytelling Through Visualization

During the Docs 3.0 panel at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, my fellow panelist Paula Le Dieu talked about how Web technologies are allowing for new forms of storytelling, specifically through what she called visualization. Here are some of the visualization websites she highlighted, which provide visitors a new understanding of very complex data sets and encourage

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