Still image from 'Massacre at Murambi'POV alum Sam Kauffman, whose thoughtful and provocative short film, Massacre at Murambi, premiered on POV in 2007, has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. In this BU Today article, Sam talks about how he plans on using the fellowship to return to Africa.

Another POV alum, Marshall Curry, whose Street Fight (POV 2005) was nominated for an Academy Award, is getting loads of attention for his new film, Racing Dreams. The film, about three of the country’s top go-kart racers, is currently being shown at the Tribeca Film Fest and is already stirring up Oscar talk! Scott Feinberg of the LA Times calls Racing Dreams the “…best film at this year’s festival, thus far — and indeed the best film of the year, thus far.”

Are you looking to kick start your career in documentary films by going to Vietnam with 20 volunteer documentarians? National Geographic Adventures and are offering a Travel Documentary Scholarship for a lucky filmmaker and adventurer. Check out how to apply and more details on the Worldnomads website (deadline is July 5, 2009).

A fascinating-sounding event titled Neurocinematics! Where Neuroscience Meets Filmmaking will be happening at NYU next week. Experts from the fields of the brain and cinema talk about the interdisciplinary connection between film and neuroscience. The event is happening on Monday, May 4th from 7 to 8:30 pm. More details at the New York Academy for the Sciences website.

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Former POVer Ruiyan Xu worked on developing and producing materials for POV's website. Before coming to POV, she worked in the Interactive and Broadband department at Channel Thirteen/WNET. Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media.