Monday on POV: Encore of ‘When I Walk,’ Jason DaSilva’s brave and remarkable story

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Monday on POV: Encore of ‘When I Walk,’ Jason DaSilva’s brave and remarkable story
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Jason DaSilva in When I Walk. Credit: Long Shot Factory.

Tune-in alert! Encore of 2015 Emmy nominee ‘When I Walk,’ a tribute to the powers of creativity and courage, Monday Aug. 10 on POV

POV proudly presents an encore of Jason DaSilva’s moving autobiographical film When I Walk on Monday, Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Winner of awards from Hot Docs and the Christophers and now nominated for a 2015 News & Documentary Emmy, When I Walk is a co-production of ITVS and a co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media.

DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything—and inspired him to make another film. When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor.

“I wanted to capture this transformative experience—becoming disabled—because I hadn’t seen it done before, and people need to see how a degenerative disease impacts the lives of those living with it,” says DaSilva. “My diagnosis was not the end of the world. Instead, it has proven to be a new way for me to see and be in the world.”

A scene from Neuland. Credit: Gabriela Betschart. 

Aug. 17 on POV: Anna Thommen’s ‘Neuland’

Stay tuned to POV for Anna Thommen’s Neuland on Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). The film immerses viewers in a Swiss integration class, where for two years adolescent immigrants struggle to learn a new language, prepare themselves for employment and reveal their innermost hopes and dreams. As part of an effort to preserve its national identity, Switzerland—a country with four official languages and a large number of foreign residents—has established a policy of integrating asylum seekers into the country by teaching shared values and tolerance.

POV Hackathon Chicago - Aug. 15-16: Participate, volunteer or attend!

POV Hackathon, POV’s weekend lab for “reinventing the documentary,” is coming to Chicago for the first time! If you are a technologist interested in joining a team (or know one), email us at Interested in seeing how interactive documentaries get made in a weekend? Volunteer for POV Hackathon by emailing and introducing yourself.

Tickets for the public screening of POV Hackathon 9 projects are now available! The screening will take place at The Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E 53rd Street Chicago, IL 60615 on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so you must RSVP to attend at

POV Hackathon 9 will take place the weekend of Aug. 15-16, in partnership with Kartemquin Films, a collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society, and The Chicago Innovation Exchange, the University of Chicago's new center to help scholars and entrepreneurs translate their ideas and new technologies into start-up businesses and products.

Find out more at

POV Interns, Summer 2015. Credit: Alice Quinlan.

POV accepting applications for fall 2015 interns; deadline Sept. 1

Interns are provided training and mentorship through a hands-on internship program that offers challenging educational opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. Interns see first-hand how POV staff work with filmmakers to craft strategic broadcast plans around some of the best, boldest and most innovative programs on PBS. Executive lunches, industry screenings and workshops provide an opportunity to gain new skills and perspectives and expand professional networks. POV is committed to working with individual interns to meet their unique learning objectives. All internships are based in Brooklyn, NY.

To apply, fill out the application form and upload materials in DOC, DOCX or PDF format to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Sarah Mohamed in Beats of the Antonov. Credit: hajooj kuka.

‘Beats of the Antonov’: free resources to start the conversation

Engage your community in a conversation around the issues with free resources from POV:

•  Discussion Guide
•  Standards-Aligned Lesson Plan
•  Delve Deeper Reading List
•  BorrowBeats of the Antonov for free from the POV Community Network.

Questions about hosting an event or using these free resources in your work? Contact

Beats of the Antonov continues to stream online. Watch here! Make sure to register your Premiere Party for a chance to win documentary swag, plus popcorn, chocolate and coffee.


Tuesday, Aug. 11: America ReFramed presents encore of ‘American Heart’ on WORLD Channel

Visit a health clinic in St. Paul, Minn., and meet a team of devoted doctors and the refugee patients they serve. Watch American Heart (Dir. Chris Newberry) on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 8 p.m. ET on WORLD Channel. (Check local listings). Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, and join the discussions online #AmericaReframed.

And be sure to catch WORLD Channel’s programming focus on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which includes the following America ReFramed films:

•  8/18: By the River of Babylon: An Elegy for South Louisiana (Dirs. Don Howard and Jim Shelton)
•  8/25: Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (Dir. Leah Mahan)

Credit: Grant Lamos IV/Getty Images for The Oceanic Preservation.

Doc Talk on POV’s documentary blog

Louie Psihoyos projects endangered animals on the side of the Empire State Building, but this could get even bigger
If you were in Manhattan and looked upwards this past weekend, you might have seen something extraordinary. On Saturday night, The Cove director Louie Psihoyos put on an event in which he and a team of collaborators projected images—some moving—of endangered species onto the Empire State Building. The creatures got their due, and the exhibit might have helped prevent their extinction.

And in case you missed it:

“My films are not about the crimes that happened in 1965. They are about impunity today.” Joshua Oppenheimer on ‘The Look of Silence’ and revisiting the Indonesian genocid
Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing) tells Doc Soup Man Tom Roston about the making of his new documentary, The Look of Silence.

The vanishing of the director of The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga
“Real life trumped the rest.” Tom Roston sets out to learn why The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga filmmaker Jessica Oreck has taken a step back from the documentary film world.

Upcoming funding and festival deadlines

Don't wait until the next newsletter to find out about a deadline! Visit POV’s ‘For Filmmakers’ Calendar.

•  Aug. 7: ITVS Digital Open Call Fund: Application Deadline
•  Aug. 15: Altercine Foundation Documentary Film Grant: Application Deadline
•  Aug. 16: 2015 Knight-Mozilla Fellowship: Application Deadline
•  Aug. 17: Knight Prototype Fund: Application Deadline
•  Sept. 1: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival: Regular Application Deadline
•  Sept. 1: IDFA Crossmedia Forum: Submission Deadline
•  Sept. 1: IDFA Forum: Project Entry deadline
•  Sept. 1: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation 2015 Documentary Fund: Application Deadline
•  Sept. 4: NYSCA Electronic Media & Film Grants: Presentation Funds 2015 Deadlines for Projects occurring from September - December 2015

View rolling deadlines and more funding opportunities, calls for entries, festivals and other documentary events on POV's For Filmmakers Calendar.

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Neuland is available to borrow for free from POV's DVD Lending Library. Bring this story to your class, staff and/or community and start a conversation about the issues. Be sure to check out the Partner Toolkit for free resources, including a lesson plan, discussion guide, flyer templates and more!

Upcoming POV Screenings

Point and Shoot
Austin, Texas
Thursday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m.
The Bullock Museum
Join the Austin Film Festival for a free sneak preview screening of Point and Shoot. For more information call 512 478-4795 or visit their website.

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Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional funding comes from Wyncote Foundation, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Marguerite Casey Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ettinger Foundation, and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.
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