POV's Justine Nagan speaks at DOC NYC

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Justine Nagan and DOC NYC Artistic Director Thom Powers. Courtesy of DOC NYC.

POV’s Justine Nagan addresses the importance of audience engagement at DOC NYC


Justine Nagan shared insights into her new role as executive director/executive producer of POV and reflections on her days at Kartemquin Films yesterday at DOC NYC’s Insiders Conference. The theme for the day was “Reaching Your Audience.” Justine gave sound advice to filmmakers about finding partners for their engagement campaigns, citing Joanna Rudnick’s Emmy-nominated doc about breast cancer and genetic testing, In The Family, which aired on POV. Not only has the Kartemquin film engaged communities all over the country, but it also played a part in the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 2013 regarding genetic testing for the disease.

Public media’s unique mission drew Justine to POV. “Certain films should be available for free across the country, not just in urban centers, but also in small towns,” she stressed. “The kind of films that POV chooses go across generations and attract younger audiences looking for authentic stories and ways to engage in the world around them.” Both public media and pay television are needed to support a thriving documentary community, she added, citing such critically acclaimed films as Return to Homs and Art and Craft, which were part of POV’s 2015 season.


America ReFramed raises awareness of gender-based violence with ‘The Perfect Victim’ encore and live tweet


Watch America ReFramed’s encore of The Perfect Victim a day ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. ET, and live tweet along with filmmaker Elizabeth Rohrbaugh (@theperfectvict). Be part of the first 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence and tweet your questions to Rohrbaugh and Justice for My Sister filmmaker Kimberly Bautista (@Justice4sister) with the hashtag #endVAW. The following week, America ReFramed commemorates World AIDS Day with an encore of Broken Heart Land (dir. Jeremy Stulberg & Randy Stulberg) on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. ET.




Jason DaSilva. Credit: Long Shot Factory.

‘When I Walk’ Emmy winner Jason DaSilva expanding access maps for the disabled internationally


Jason DaSilva, Emmy winner for When I Walk (POV 2014) is expanding his AXS Map to the people around the globe who need it the most – those with accessibility needs. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 25, DaSilva turned the camera on himself and documented seven years of his life coping with the disease as he went from cane to walker to wheelchair. Frustrated by the lack of wheelchair-accessible businesses in New York, Jason developed AXS Map, a Yelp-like crowdsourcing platform powered by Google Maps that allows people to rate and share information about a business’s accessibility. To learn more and start mapping, visit www.axsmap.com.


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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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