POV executive director Simon KilmurryPOV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry unveils the 2010 POV season preview reel.

Experimental, poetic, personal, courageous, uncompromising, enchanting, profound, funny and emotional — these are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind when I look at the list of films that make up POV’s 23rd season. And to give you a taste of that, we’ve produced five minute preview reel — which includes a new opening sequence that gives POV a fresh look.

From Agnès Varda‘s elegantly amusing memoir to Laura Poitras‘ unflinching camera lens; from the protests of William Kunstler to the courageous voice of Daniel Ellsberg; from a look at South Africa that you won’t see during the World Cup and a struggle for justice in Mexico, to the power of dreams and the unique visions of artists — these are stories that you need to pay attention to and that just might change you.

Later in the year we’ll take a look at what makes a family with three stories about adoption. And, get ready to check out a delightful new series of animated shorts from NPR’s award-winning StoryCorps.

So, grab a cup of coffee, turn up the volume (loud) and click play — and let yourself be transported to other worlds.

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Simon served as chief operating officer of American Documentary for six years before assuming the role of executive director in Fall 2006. Since joining AmDoc in 1999, he has played a key role in helping to set strategic direction for the organization and implementing new initiatives, including the Diverse Voices Project, POV's co-production initiative in support of emerging filmmakers; POV's Borders, PBS' Webby Award-winning online series; and True Lives, a second-run series for independent documentaries on public television. In addition, he worked to secure pioneering partnerships with both Netflix and Docurama to expand the distribution opportunities for POV filmmakers and enhance branding for POV Previously, Simon was associate director at Teachers & Writers Collaborative, a nonprofit literary arts and education organization and publisher, where he is now a member of the board of directors. He has also served as a board member and treasurer for Elders Share the Arts and East Harlem Block Schools, and as an informal advisor and funding panel member for other organizations including the New York City Center for Arts Education, the Association for Independent Video and Filmmakers and New York State Council on the Arts. Simon attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Columbia University Business School's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management.