Writers

Find out more about the people behind POV’s blog.

Adnaan Wasey
Adnaan Wasey is the Executive Producer of POV Digital, which leads new storytelling iniatives 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
Aubrey Gallegos
Aubrey Gallegos
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
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.
Cathy Fisher
Cathy Fisher
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
Chris White
Chris White
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 López
Cynthia López
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 Evans
Dain Evans
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 Nanasi
David Nanasi
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
Eliza Licht
Eliza Licht
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
Emma Dessau
Emma Dessau
Emma Dessau is a Web Producer at POV Digital. She is also a producer of the digital documentary Folk to Folk. Prior to POV, Emma worked at Emerson College's Engagement Game Lab. She holds a Bachelors degree in journalism from Boston University.
Fernanda Rossi
Fernanda Rossi
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
Heather McIntosh
Heather McIntosh started Documentary Site as a resource for documentary media and has greatly enjoyed the connections it has fostered over the years.
Jennifer MacArthur
Jennifer MacArthur
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
Judith Helfand
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
Justine Goode
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.
Nancy Schwartzman
Nancy Schwartzman
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.
Shannon Carroll
Shannon Carroll
Shannon is the Digital Community Associate in POV’s Digital department. Follow her on LinkedIn or Twitter @shannon_carroll.
Simon Kilmurry
Simon Kilmurry
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
Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He comes to us as a ten-year veteran of Premiere magazine, where he was a Senior Editor, and where he wrote the column, Notes from the Dream Factory. Tom was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, GQ, New York, Elle and other publications.

Tom's favorite documentaries are:

1. Koyanisqaatsi - Godfrey Reggio

2. Hoop Dreams - Steve James

3. The Up series - Michael Apted

4. Crumb - Terry Zwigoff

5. Capturing the Friedmans - Andrew Jarecki

  • Bmusical

    Emily….you left out the Ashland (OR) Independent Film Festival! It’s fantastic!

  • patti

    How can I reach Simon K, please.
    I want to explore if he does commissioning for POV – have a timely doc in development. many thanks. patti murphy  teatimetango@gmail.com

  • Lani

    Emily, DOCUTAH appreciates the recognition in your post on small town film festivals. Is it possible for you to revise your entry? DOCUTAH is based in St. George, Utah and we are screening films in Kanab, Utah as well. Our festival dates are stated on the website at http://www.docutah.com and are September 5 – 9, 2012. Please send me an email once the revision is made and we will post your link on our website and Facebook pages. Thanks for including us.

    Lani Puriri
    DOCUTAH Operations Manager
    lani@dixie.edu

  • http://www.facebook.com/nhpeterm Peter Miller

    Does anybody have a ready-to-edit flyer announcing the screening of “Scout’s Honor”?

  • Conor Mullen

    Anyone ever write about festivals/series/venues that are particularly good for one’s first attempts at entering/submitting doc. films to such?

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