After the final stop of the PBS National Listening Tour, we offer this round-up of organizations and individuals lending their voice to the conversation.
- Darcy Heusel, Senior Director at Picture Motion, talks “The Boom Age of Documentary” on Medium.
- An op-ed by by filmmaker John J. Valadez meditates on “The [Latino] Future of PBS” on the NALIP blog.
- Colorlines Magazine asks, “Does PBS Still Care About Indie Films by and About People of Color?”
- By the numbers: “6 Reasons Why Indie Filmmakers Still Care If They’re on TV” from CMSImpact and “Seven Reasons Funders Are Focused on the PBS/WNET Doc Scheduling Debate” by Media Impact Funders.
- Norman Lear’s op-ed in The New York Times.
Summaries and longer reports on the Listening Tour:
- NPR reports – Documentary Filmmakers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time.
- Current reports – For doc funders, broadcast on public TV remains key.
- Beyond The Box on ITVS reports back from the San Francisco and NYC stops.
- Columbia Journalism Review offers their summary of the conversation at the SVA Theater in Chelsea.
- Public media news source Current highlighted some of the passionate comments from filmmakers in their report.
- New Day Films highlights their filmmakers’ voices, including Tami Gold of Every Mother’s Son (POV 2004).
- Realscreen and Amanda Hirsch penned summaries of the context prior to the NYC Listening Tour stop — Hirsch offered her recommendations after attending the event in another post.
- Reality Checks: Documentaries Struggle For Relevance in Changing Times by Indiewire.
Reports from SXSW:
- Center for Media and Social Impact’s Report on PBS and Indies at SXSW.
- And Current reported back from the PBS Indies Doc Distribution panel at SXSW here.
Reports from the conversation at Media That Matters:
- A full transcript of the conversation at Media That Matters conference by The Center for Media and Social Impact, with a summary here.
- Current offers their summary of the Media That Matters conversation.
- Erica Ginsburg, Executive Director of Docs In Progress, pens a testimonial specifically addressing the importance of documentaries to audiences.