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POV Wins Three 2011 IDA Documentary Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Feature for "Nostalgia for the Light" and Best Music for "Better This World"

   

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New York, NY — Dec. 5, 2011 — POV (Point of View) won three awards at the 2011 IDA Documentary Awards, it was announced on Dec. 2 by the International Documentary Association at a ceremony in Los Angeles. POV won its second Best Continuing Series Award (first won in 2009); Nostalgia for the Light won the Best Feature Award; and Better This World won for Best Music. Beginning its 25th season on PBS in 2012, POV is American television's longest-running independent documentary showcase.

POV films have won numerous honors: 27 Emmy Awards (including a 2007 Special News & Documentary Emmy for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking), 13 George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, three Academy Awards®, the Prix Italia, the Webby and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' 2011 Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity. POV credits: Executive Producer: Simon Kilmurry; Co-Executive Producer: Cynthia López; VP of Programming and Production: Chris White; Series Producer: Yance Ford; Coordinating Producer: Andrew Catauro.


Nostalgia for the Light will premiere during POV's 25th season in 2012. Chile's remote Atacama Desert, 10,000 feet above sea level, provides stunningly clear views of the heavens. But it also holds secrets from the past. In this otherworldly place, earthly and celestial quests meld: archaeologists dig for ancient civilizations, women search for their dead and astronomers scan the skies for new galaxies. Director/Writer: Patricio Guzmán; Producer: Renate Sachse; Atacama Productions (France), Blinker Filmproduction GmbH and WDR (Germany), and Cronomedia Ltda. (Chile), Icarus Films.

Better This World premiered on POV in 2011. The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. The film follows the radicalization of these boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, under a revolutionary activist. The results: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and an entrapment defense hinging on a controversial FBI informant. Composer: Paul Brill; Directors: Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega. A co-production of ITVS in association with American Documentary | POV. Better This World recently won the Gotham Award for Best Documentary.

About POV
Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 25th season on PBS in 2012, the award-winning POV is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today's best independent documentary filmmakers. POV has brought more than 300 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV's Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues. Visit www.pbs.org/pov.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Educational Foundation of America, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, FACT and public television viewers. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Funding for POV's Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Project VoiceScape is a partnership of Adobe Youth Voices, PBS and POV. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG. 

Contacts:
POV Communications: 212-989-7425.
Emergency contact: 646-729-4748
Cathy Fisher, cfisher@pov.org;
Cynthia López, clopez@pov.org
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