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Calling All Nonfiction Filmmakers: Announcing 2014 POV Hackathons in New York and Los Angeles

   

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Ready to Reinvent Storytelling? Call for Participants in POV Hackathons 5 and 6 Is Now Open: Apply by March 26

"Among this year's most anticipated events." Iona Holloway, Fast Company

PBS's award-winning nonfiction series POV (Point of View) is once again reaching out to Web developers, documentary filmmakers, multimedia journalists and new-media artists to participate in POV Hackathon. In addition to holding hackathon laboratories in New York City, POV is expanding to the West Coast in 2014. Back-to-back labs will take place Saturday-Sunday, May 10-11 at the Center for Social Innovation in Manhattan and May 17-18 at Hub LA (in collaboration with CreatorUp!) in Los Angeles. Public screenings of the prototypes will be held on the evenings of May 11 and 18 (details to be announced).

Applications for POV Hackathon must be received by Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Visit http://pov.org/hackathon/ to apply.

POV Hackathon is an opportunity for filmmakers with projects in any stage of production to work with developers and designers to create a digital prototype. Since 2012, the weekend laboratories have provided matchmaking and mentorship for nonfiction media makers and technologists.

"Today's technology creates a foundation for collaboration," says Adnaan Wasey, executive producer, POV Digital. "The first step is identifying the people who will be good partners. We're excited that many teams, going back to our first lab in 2012, are continuing their work and giving their projects life beyond the prototype."

POV Hackathon projects have gone on to premiere at such prestigious events as the Tribeca Film Festival (Aatsinki: The Story of Arctic Cowboys by Jessica Oreck, Mike Knowlton, Hal Siegel) and the New York Film Festival (Empire by Clint Beharry, Claire Mitchell, Eline Jongsma and Kel O'Neill). View all the POV Hackathon prototypes at pov.org/hackathon.

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About POV
Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and beginning its 27th season on PBS in 2014, 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 365 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide. POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award, including 32 Emmys, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards® and the Prix Italia. 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 pbs.org/pov.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Wyncote Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America and public television viewers. Special support provided by The Fledgling Fund. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

About POV Digital
Since 1994, POV Digital has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department created PBS's first program website and its first web-based documentary (POV's Borders) and has won major awards, including a Webby Award (and six nominations) and an Online News Association Award. POV Digital continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its digital productions and the POV Hackathon lab, where media makers and technologists collaborate to re-invent storytelling forms. pbs.org/pov.

About CreatorUp!
CreatorUp! is the premier online video school where anyone can learn to make great video content. Like a film school in the cloud, the platform offers on-demand courses taught by top digital entertainment pros. Co-founders Mike Tringe and Sara Akhteh graduated from USC Film School during the digital revolution. They were the first class to work in the digital media world and wanted to share their knowledge to make it accessible to everyone else who wanted to learn how to tell their stories online, without charging the expensive price tag that film school charges. Their mission is to give everyone a voice with video content. Visit creatorup.com.

About Hub LA
Hub LA is a new kind of membership club dedicated to the individuals and teams building the local, sustainable economy in Los Angeles and beyond. The Hub offers members access to creative industrial space to work, meet, learn, collaborate and play; a curated community of values-aligned individuals and companies; and custom programming and events focused on personal and professional development. We combine the best of a cafe, innovation lab, business accelerator, serviced office and community center to create a place for meaningful encounters, productive work sessions, exchange and inspiration all with the ambition to spur social innovation. Visit thehubla.com.

Contacts:
POV Communications: 212-989-7425. Emergency contact: 646-729-4748
Communications@pov.org; Cathy Fisher, cfisher@pov.org; Amanda Nguyen, anguyen@pov.org
POV online pressroom: www.pbs.org/pov/pressroom

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