Monday on POV: Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’

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Monday on POV: Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’
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Matt VanDyke motorcycling in Afghanistan. Credit: Matt VanDyke

Tune-in! Quest for personal transformation takes timid biker 35,000 miles to Libyan revolution in Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot,’ Monday, Aug. 24 on POV

Two-time Oscar® nominee Marshall Curry celebrates his 10th anniversary with POV, telling Matt VanDyke’s amazing story in Point and Shoot, premiering Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 at 10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

Matt VanDyke was a recent grad with a love of video games and action movies when he decided to embark on a “crash course in manhood.” With a motorcycle and a video camera, he set off on a life-changing 35,000-mile odyssey across North Africa and the Middle East that led to his participation in the 2011 Libyan revolution against Muammar Gaddafi and six-month imprisonment in Libya. As VanDyke worked to reshape himself, he also helped create a stunning portrait of how the ever-present cameras in our “selfie society” not only record our lives, but also craft who we become. Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Read more.

Aya in The Storm Makers. Credit: Tipasa Production, Bophana Production.

Aug. 31 on POV: Guillaume Suon’s ‘The Storm Makers’

Stay tuned for Guillaume Suon’s The Storm Makers on Monday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). More than half a million Cambodians work abroad, and a staggering third of those become slaves. Many are young women, held prisoner and forced to work in horrific conditions, sometimes as prostitutes. A chilling exposé of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld, The Storm Makers weaves the story of Aya, a young peasant sold into slavery at age 16, with that of two powerful traffickers (known as “storm makers” for the havoc they wreak) who use deception to funnel a stream of poor and illiterate people across the country’s borders. French-Cambodian filmmaker Guillaume Suon presents an eye-opening look at the cycle of poverty, despair and greed that fuels this brutal modern slave trade.

Tuesday, Aug. 25 on America ReFramed: Witness one Gulf Coast community’s decade-long struggle for environmental Justice

Reflect upon the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with next week’s episode of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek by Leah Mahan on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 8 p.m. ET only on the WORLD Channel. (Check local listings).

And check out our programming line up in September.

POV Hackathon Los Angeles: October 3-4 - Apply by Sept. 10

POV Hackathon, POV's weekend media lab is returning to Los Angeles! What could you build in a weekend? Filmmakers/developers/journalists/artists/designers: propose an idea that merges storytelling and technology, or just let us know that you'd love to join a team.

The submission deadline is Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. PT. POV Hackathon 10 will take place the weekend of Oct. 3-4 in Los Angeles, in partnership with CreatorUp!, Film Independent and StoryCode LA.

Explore previous projects and apply at

POV Hackathon 9. Credit: POV | American Documentary. 

Announcing the POV Hackathon 9 Participants' Choice Award winner!

Four teams ‘re-invented the documentary’ at POV’s latest weekend laboratory of nonfiction storytelling and technology at the Chicago Innovation Exchange in Chicago. Participants selected In Your Own Words: Understanding The Troubles, a video player for oral history projects, as the winner of the Participants’ Choice Award. All of the prototypes are now online. Try them out, explore the technology used to create them, and find out more about the participants on POV's Documentary Blog.

POV Communications intern Sean Lin. Credit: Simon Mendes

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

POV is now accepting applications for fall 2015 internships! Deadline to apply is Sept. 1, 2015. To apply, fill out the application form and upload materials in DOC, DOCX or PDF format to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Doc Talk on POV’s documentary blog

'We Come As Friends', or do we? Hubert Sauper's new documentary on South Sudan
Hubert Sauper’s “We Come As Friends” goes inside the newly sovereign South Sudan for a new episode in the centuries old tale of the harms of the Western savior complex in Africa.

Teaching Op-Docs: Helpful resources
Some key resources, both online and in print, that helped develop materials for The New York Times Op-Docs curriculum.

Teaching Op-Docs: Course assignments
Following a semester of teaching online documentary production through the Op-Docs series, this post offers a round-up of the assignments used in the course. 

Upcoming funding and festival deadlines

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

•  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
•  Sept. 15: Movies That Matter Support Program: Application Deadline
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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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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