• Guest blogger Adam Schartoff is a freelance film journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. He's the founder and programmer of the Brooklyn-based film series Filmwax.
  • Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, which leads new storytelling initiatives for the PBS documentary series POV. Follow him on Twitter @adnaanwasey, Google+ or LinkedIn. Five documentaries he's into (today): 1. Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse 2. Hoop Dreams 3. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 4. Sweetgrass 5. Last Train Home
  • Alice Quinlan is the Community Engagement and Education Assistant at POV. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she spent three years working as a journalist and media educator in Texas before joining POV.
  • Amanda Hirsch is former editorial director of PBS Interactive.
  • Andrew Catauro is a former Series Producer at POV. While at POV, he served on editorial panels and presented at festivals and conferences including the Sundance Film Festival, Doc/It in Trento, Italy, and the Asian Documentary Forum in Kolkata, India; as well as juries for the Brooklyn Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and East Silver Market in Jihlava, Czech Republic. His studies in Italian Cinema earned him the Immersion Award from the Milan International Film Festival. Andrew previously worked for the New York AIDS Film Festival and assisted Alexandra Kerry on documentary films in development. He holds a dual bachelor's degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Andrew's favorite documentaries are: Dark Days - Marc Singer The Gleaners & I - Agnès Varda Silverlake Life: The View from Here - Peter Friedman & Tom Joslin Manufacturing Consent - Mark Achbar & Peter Wintonick Tongues Untied - Marlon Riggs American Dream - Barbara Kopple Family Portrait Sittings - Alfred Guzzetti In Search of Our Fathers - Marco Williams The Education of Shelby Knox - Marion Lipschutz & Rose Rosenblatt Nobody's Business - Alan Berliner
  • Anne is POV's director of development and special projects; she has been active in the independent media arts and public television as a producer, programmer and fundraiser for over 12 years. She currently manages American Documentary's fundraising activities, content research and program licensing. Prior to joining the AmDoc staff in 2002, she was a production associate at American Masters in New York and then series coordinator for Frontline in Boston. In 1997, she moved to Austin, Texas, where she served as associate director of the Austin Film Society, and worked on numerous documentary and narrative film projects. She served as vice president of the board of Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers and has been a panelist for numerous arts and media organizations.
  • Anne Zhou is a Spring 2012 intern with POV Digital. She is a double major in media studies (documentary production concentration) and Chinese at CUNY Hunter College.
  • Aubrey started at POV as an intern in 2011, and worked briefly as Special Events Coordinator before moving into a full time position as Community Engagement and Education Coordinator. Prior to joining POV, she spent three years as an environmental educator and deckhand aboard wooden sailing ships, including the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which was co-founded by Pete Seeger. She has also worked as an Event Manager for UnionDocs, a documentary art space in Brooklyn, and served as a Production Assistant on a number of independent film and theater productions. Aubrey graduated from Whitman College with bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric and Film Studies. Aubrey's favorite documentaries are: 1. Dont Look Back 2. Salesman 3. Sweetgrass 4. Food, Inc. 5. The Up Series
  • Brian Chirls is the Digital Technology Fellow at POV, developing digital tools for documentary filmmakers, journalists and other nonfiction media-makers. The position is a first for POV and is funded as part of a $250,000 grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Follow him on Twitter @bchirls and GitHub.
  • Cassandra is a summer 2014 intern with POV Digital.
  • As POV's senior manager for communications, Cathy publicizes POV's programs and initiatives to media and consumers. She joined POV in 2003 after five years as manager of program press relations at PBS. Previously, she served as public relations director at Bravo and the Independent Film Channel; Group W Satellite Communications, where she managed PR for TNN: The Nashville Network; Westwood One Radio Networks; and D.L. Blackman, where she promoted classical music artists and IMAX movies. She was also the manager of press, advertising and promotion for NBC and ABC Radio. Cathy's favorite documentaries are: 1. Inheritance - James Moll 2. Innocence Lost trilogy - Ofra Bikel 3. The Natural History of the Chicken - Mark Lewis 4. Street Fight - Marshall Curry 5. Suicide Killers - Pierre Rehov
  • Cheryl joined POV in January 2012 as an intern for the Community Engagement and Education department. She then became the Special Events Coordinator in May of that year, while also providing assistance to the Development, Communications and Community Engagement and Education departments. Prior to joining POV, Cheryl evaluated the educational programming at the American Museum of Natural History, in addition to her teaching assistant position at New York University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and a master’s degree from New York University.
  • Chris is POV's director of programming and production. He and his team work closely with the executive director in the areas of programming, production and PBS station relations. Previously, he worked as associate producer and production office manager on the documentary Blue Vinyl (HBO, 2002). Chris spent a number of years as vice president of sales and acquisitions at Angelika Films International, and at BNN-TV in New York as associate producer on projects for the History Channel and the Smithsonian Museum. He also produced the children's program An Introduction to the Italian Renaissance for the Museo Italo-Americano in San Francisco. Chris's top five documentaries (this month) are: 1. First Person Plural, Deann Borshay Liem 2. Hybrid, Monteith McCollum 3. Tintin and I, Anders Østergaard 4. Fog of War, Errol Morris 5. Crumb, Terry Zwigoff
  • Cynthia is the vice president for American Documentary | POV From 2000 to 2003, she served as POV's director of communications, during which she increased national coverage of POV documentaries by 700 percent and won an EPPSilon Award for the Farmingville campaign. In her new expanded role, Cynthia's responsibilities include overall development of the organization, programming/content development and delivery and strategic planning. In addition, she continues to maintain oversight of POV's communications and marketing department, driving the department's communications and brand development. Cynthia has built strategic partnerships with Pentagram, Inc., Harpo Studios, Netflix, ABC News' Nightline, WNYC New York Public Radio and Ms. Magazine, among others. Cynthia is a founding board member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She is an advisor to REEL New York (Thirteen/WNET New York), the Heinz Awards, the Rockefeller Foundation, White House Conference on Libraries, Latino Public Broadcasting, the Banff Centre in Canada, United Nations Women's Conference and the Center for Democratic Communications (South Africa), among many others. Cynthia's favorite documentaries are: 1. The Devil Came on Horseback by Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg 2. Every Mother's Son by Tammy Gold and Kelly Anderson 3. My Country, My Country by Laura Poitras 4. Iraq in Fragments by James Longley 5. Glass Jaw by Michael O'Reilly
  • Dain A. Evans is currently an intern for POV in the Community Engagement and Education department. He has had the pleasure of working with documentary and non-profit organizations across the country, including Chicago's Kartemquin Films. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Documentary Producing. Visit dainevans.com for more information.
  • David has worked on POV's website since its infancy, helping to develop and nurture it, as well as producing special features. David also oversees and administers POV's internal network, maintaining hardware and software for the POV staff. Prior to joining POV, David, served on the staff of CyberEd, an 18-wheeler Internet classroom that toured nationwide. Since 1997, David has worked independently as a computer consultant, including systems, networks, databases, and web design and construction. David's favorite documentaries are: 1. Eyes on the Prize - Henry Hampton (Executive Producer) 2. Crumb - Terry Zwigoff 3. The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris 4. Roger & Me - Michael Moore 5. The Camden 28 - Anthony Giacchino
  • Edward J. Delaney is a journalist, author, filmmaker and editor of DocumentaryTech, an online project that explores documentary filmmaking techniques and technology.
  • Eliza is POV's vice president of community outreach and education, and she works with public television stations, educators and community-based organizations to present community screenings of POV films and to develop and distribute accompanying educational resource materials to teachers nationwide. Before joining POV in 2000, she taught English in Spain and Mexico. Eliza is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University. Eliza's favorite documentaries are: 1. The Last Waltz - Martin Scorsese 2. In the Realms of the Unreal - Jessica Yu 3. The Thin Blue Line - Errol Morris 4. Don't Look Back - D A Pennebaker 5. Grey Gardens - Albert and David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer
  • Emily Thomas is a Fall 2011 intern with POV Digital. She's interned at Esquire magazine and Vice magazine. Currently Emily is finishing her senior year at NYU, where she is double majoring in journalism and social & cultural analysis. She is also a freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker. Her top five documentaries are: 1. Buena Vista Social Club (Wim Wenders) 2. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh) 3. Crumb (Terry Zwigoff) 4. Dont Look Back (D A Pennebaker) 5. Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston)
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    Emma Dessau is Senior Producer in POV Digital.
  • Emma Miller is the Summer 2012 Digital Intern. She graduated this spring from Duke University, where she majored in Cultural Anthropology, earned a certificate in Documentary Studies, and minored in Theater Studies. Emma has spent time working with documentary filmmaker Herb E. Smith at Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, teaching English in Argentina, and interning at WNYC's Studio 360 and WUNC's The Story. Her audio documentary work has been featured on several public radio stations around the country.
  • Emma is a summer 2014 intern with POV Digital.
  • Erin McIntyre is a POV Digital 2013 intern. She is a graduate student studying Media and Documentary at The New School. Prior to POV, she volunteered as a filmmaker for the United Nations Working Group on Girls, producing a short documentary on trafficking. In addition she works as a producer at The New School radio station WNSR where she collaborated on a radio documentary profiling the life of John Cage. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communication from Portland State University. Her favorite documentaries include: The Fog of War, Bill Cunningham: New York, Man on Wire, New York Doll and My Best Fiend
  • Fernanda Rossi collaborates with filmmakers in all areas of storytelling, from development to fine cut. As an author, international speaker and story analyst she has doctored over 300 documentaries, fiction scripts and fundraising samples, including two nominated for an Academy Award®. Author of Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary Fundraising Demo. More info at www.documentarydoctor.com. Follow Fernanda at facebook.com/storydoctoring.
  • Heather McIntosh started Documentary Site as a resource for documentary media and has greatly enjoyed the connections it has fostered over the years.
  • Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.
  • Jennifer MacArthur is the Founder and Principal of Borderline Media, the Co-founder of the Impact Producers Group, a global peer network that provides members with resources and professional development support, and Impact Socials, a monthly networking event for creative change-makers.
  • Judith Helfand is best known for her ability to take the dark worlds of chemical exposure, heedless corporate behavior and environmental injustice and make them personal, highly-charged and entertaining. Her films include the Sundance award winning Blue Vinyl (co-directed with Daniel B. Gold) and its Peabody Award-winning prequel A Healthy Baby Girl, as well as Everything’s Cool, also co-directed with Gold.  In 2007 she received a Rockefeller Media Fellowship and a United States Artist Fellowship, one of 50 awarded annually to “America’s finest living artists" and more recently a MacArthur grant for her current film-in-progress COOKED -- an exploration into extreme heat, extreme disparity and the politics of "disaster". As much a field builder as she is an independent filmmaker, she co-founded Working Films in 1999 with the late Robert West where she currently serves as a Senior Strategist. In 2005 she cofounded Chicken & Egg Pictures with Julie Parker Benello and Wendy Ettinger, where she currently serves as Creative Director. Her favorite Chicken & Egg maxim most used during mentorship: "Your problem is my problem -- I just haven't had it yet". With her Chicken & Egg hat on Helfand was Producer on the Oscar-nominated 2014 Dupont winning short The Barber of Birmingham, and Executive Producer for the award-winning films Brooklyn Castle, Semper Fi: Always Faithful and Private Violence, which just had its world premiere at Sundance 2014.
  • Justine Goode is a 2014 Winter intern in POV's Digital department. A sophomore at Oberlin College, she studies Art History and American Studies, and hopes to one day pursue a career in journalism and design. Her favorite documentaries include The Up Series, Page One: Inside the New York Times, and Twenty Feet From Stardom.
  • Kapish Singla is a Winter 2012 intern with POV Digital. He has previously interned at Cinereach and Rooftop Films. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University in anthropology.
  • Kel O'Neill is one half of Jongsma + O'Neill, an award-winning Dutch-American creative team working at the intersection of documentary, art and technology. Jongsma + O'Neill's latest project, the interactive documentary Empire, can be experienced at http://www.pbs.org/pov/empire/. Follow Kel at @keloneill.
  • Kendra Williams was a summer Eastman Fellow at POV . She is a rising senior at Syracuse University where she studies Film and Public Communications. She enjoys photography, filmmaking, and sports. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY.
  • Filmmaker and multi-platform producer Liz Nord (Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock In The Holy Land) is embracing transmedia with her new documentary project, Jerusalem Unfiltered and as director of Lyka's Adventure Labs. She has produced media projects around the world, including MTV's Emmy Award-winning 2008 presidential election coverage, and has presented on a wide range of creativity and media-related topics, notably as a TED speaker at TEDxDumbo.
  • Madeleine curates the Human Rights Channel, WITNESS's collaboration with Storyful on YouTube. Find out more about Madeleine here.
  • Marc Weiss is the creator of POV, which was first broadcast on PBS in 1988. Weiss served as executive producer for 9 seasons, until 1996.
  • Matthew Seife is a 2013 summer intern in the Digital Department at POV. A rising sophomore at Columbia University, Matthew studies computer science and film studies. He participated in POV's 2011 Project VoiceScape with his documentary Little Steps.
  • Melissa Saucedo moved to NYC to study the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College, CUNY thanks to The Fulbright - Garcia Robles Scholarship. She holds a B.A. in Marketing and a M.S. in Communications. She has directed and edited feature documentary films in Mexico and is currently working on her thesis project about doulas. She was an intern at POV from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014, and was part of the Story Team Winter/Spring 2013 at UnionDocs. Her favorite documentaries are: 1. Nostalgia de la Luz - Patricio Guzmán 2. José y Pilar - Miguel Gonçalves 3. Tarnation - Jonathan Caouette 4. El General - Natalia Almada 5. March of the Penguins - Luc Jacquet
  • Morlene Chin is an intern in the Digital/Interactive department at POV. She is studying Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University and is also senior producer of Cityscape, a public affairs program on NPR affiliate WFUV Radio 90.7 FM.
  • Nancy Schwartzman is a filmmaker, app developer, media strategist, and catalyst for social change who believes storytelling and technology create safer communities for women and girls. POV broadcast Nancy's short film "xoxosms" last year, a love story that explores digital intimacy, teenagers and technology. Nancy is the Founder and CEO of Tech 4 Good, LLC which created the Circle of 6 iPhone and Android app. Circle of 6 won the White House "Apps Against Abuse" Challenge and has over 120, 000 users in 32 countries. She is in production on a new short documentary that explores internet culture as it collides with rape culture in the Steubenville, Ohio case.
  • Nicole is a spring 2015 intern with POV Digital about to graduate from Colorado State University with a degree in Journalism and Media Communication.
  • Paul Buser is a Winter 2012 intern with POV Digital.
  • POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Shannon Carroll was Digital Community Associate at POV, where she supported POV's social networks.
  • POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Rahul Chadha is a Brooklyn-based journalist and filmmaker interested in the convergence of coding and documentary arts. He is a past participant of several documentary programs, including the UnionDocs Collaborative and the Maysles Institute's Filmmakers Collaborative.
  • Rebecca Swanberg is a digital intern at POV. She is a nonfiction writer and multimedia journalist and was formerly the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning Bard Free Press, an intern for the Brian Lehrer Show and a Writer-in-Residence with the National Park Service.
  • Sean started as an intern with POV in 2009, before coming on-board as a staff member starting in 2010 until 2013. At POV, he managed online video content, produced companion features for the POV film websites, and implemented social media strategies. Prior to joining POV in 2010, he freelanced as a film editor and writer, in addition to working as an assistant for an independent music artist. He has written and directed several short, experimental films, and holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University in Literary Arts.
  • Shako Liu is a digital intern at POV. She is a multimedia journalist specified in video storytelling, formerly worked for Digital First Media in Connecticut and interned for L.A. Weekly, KCRW and KCET in Los Angeles.
  • Simon served as chief operating officer of American Documentary for six years before assuming the role of executive director in Fall 2006. Since joining AmDoc in 1999, he has played a key role in helping to set strategic direction for the organization and implementing new initiatives, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV's co-production initiative in support of emerging filmmakers; POV's Borders, PBS' Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives, a second-run series for independent documentaries on public television. In addition, he worked to secure pioneering partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers and enhance branding for POV Previously, Simon was associate director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a nonprofit literary arts and education organization and publisher, where he is now a member of the board of directors. He has also served as a board member and treasurer for Elders Share the Arts and East Harlem Block Schools, and as an informal advisor and funding panel member for other organizations including the New York City Center for Arts Education, the Association for Independent Video and Filmmakers and New York State Council on the Arts. Simon attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Columbia University Business School's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.
  • Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kind Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen
  • Yance works closely with POV's executive director and programming director to evaluate films submitted to POV She is instrumental in curating the series, a showcase of acclaimed documentary film on PBS. Yance frequently represents POV | American Documentary at conferences, festivals and markets, procuring work from filmmakers both nationally and internationally. Yance also oversees POV's annual call for entries, which yields upwards of one thousand entries, and coordinates POV's annual programming advisory board. Yance is a Programming Consultant and Pre- Screener for film festivals around the country, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival, the Newport International Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting, Creative Capital and the Sundance Film Festival. She has served on festival juries at Full Frame and Silverdocs, appeared on panels at Sunny Side of the Doc and DocuClub and served on the IFP Advisory Committee. A graduate of Hamilton College and the production workshop at Third World Newsreel, Yance is a former Production Stage Manager for the Girls Choir of Harlem and has worked as a Production Manager on numerous independent productions for the Discovery Health and History channels. Ford has also worked in various capacities on the documentaries The Favorite Poem Project, Juanita Anderson, Executive Producer, Brian Lanker's They Drew Fire (PBS), and Barry Levinson's Yesterday's Tomorrows (Showtime). Yance's favorite documentaries include: 1. Hands on a Hard Body 2. Tongues Untied 3. Harlan County, USA 4. Cul de Sac 5. When We Were Kings 6. The Thin Blue Line 7. Night and Fog
  • Yvonne Ashley is a winter 2015 intern with POV Digital. She's a senior at Northwestern University studying journalism and political science. Follow her at instagram.com/yakouadjo
  • Zachary Dinerstein is a web producer with POV Digital. Before working for POV, he nurtured his love of public media as an associate producer at WNYC’s The Takeaway and, before that, as a production assistant at The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. His web production work has appeared on GQ, Glamour Magazine and The Heart. His writing and media production has been featured on The Moth, Fresh Air, Marketplace and New York Press. His favorite documentaries are: 1) Stop Making Sense 2) King of Kong: A Fist Full Of Quarters 3) 20 Feet From Stardom 4) Grizzly Man 5) Bill Cunningham New York