The Reckoning

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival returns to The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater starting June 11. The festival opens with a special presentation of The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court by Paco de Onís, Peter Kinoy and Pamela Yates (POV 2009) on June 12 which will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and experts on the issues. Read more about the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in our our interview with John Biaggi, the festival’s director.

POV, Human Rights Watch and the Film Society of Lincoln Center are also teaming up to present a special screening of New Muslim Cool by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor (POV 2009) on June 18. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Taylor and the film’s star, Hamza Pérez. For more information, visit the website of the Film Society of Lincoln Center</A

New York Women in Film and TV and Women Make Movies presents: “Fundraising and Financing for Independent Documentary Films: An Intensive Seminar” at Hunter College on Saturday, June 13. The day long seminar will feature a mix of panels and case studies. Panelists include POV’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry.

Rooftop Films features two panel discussions prior to the screening of Persona Non Grata by Fabio Wuytac on Saturday, June 13. The panels include “Filmmaking Strategy: Tips, Tools and Wisdom to Help You Make the Right Decisions for Your Film” featuring POV’s Executive Director Simon Kilmurry.

AFI-Discovery Channel SILVERDOCS Documentary Festival kicks off on June 15. The POV team will be out in full force with panels featuring Simon Kilmurry, Cynthia Lopez and Eliza Licht. The festival also features six upcoming POV films: Nutkin’s Last Stand by Nicholas Berger; The Way We Get By by Aron Gaudet; Ella es El Matador (She is the Matador) by Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco; Off and Running by Nicole Opper; Utopia Part 3: The World’s Largest Shopping Mall by Sam Green and Carrie Lozano; and Bronx Princess by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed. For the full schedule and information about the conference, visit the Silverdocs website.

Chicken & Egg Pictures‘s Open Call is now open for submissions. Chicken & Egg Pictures is a hybrid film fund and nonprofit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film. Visit for more information and to apply. The deadline is June 30, 2009.

POV founder and friend Marc Weiss has a new project and he wants to hear your story!

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The Good Pitch, a pitching forum with a difference borne out of the conviction that documentary is a powerful tool for creating social change, is coming to Independent Film Week. The Good Pitch is a unique opportunity for a selected group of filmmakers to pitch both their film and its associated outreach campaign to an invited audience of participants, comprising foundations, NGOs, campaigners, advertising agencies, brands and media in order to maximize its impact. For details and application please visit the website of Independent Film Week

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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.