Doc Memo | May 3, 2016. POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

The 33 Best Documentaries of All Time — by Thrillist
Agree to disagree, Thrillist put together this list with 33 documentaries that it believes to be masterpieces of nonfiction storytelling. The list has a mix of or issue-driven films, music docs, and foreign entries. It includes The debated what first feature documentary ever made, The Battle of the Somme (1916); the first and well-received animated documentary, Waltz with Bashir (2008), Michael Moore’s early first-person documentary, Roger & Me (1989) and The Look of Silence (2014).
Read More: Thrillist

Hot Docs Documentary Gets Dramatically Censored at the Last Minute
The filmmakers behind the new documentary, The Opposition, received notice last Friday that they would not be able to use footage of one its four main subjects, just a few days before its world premiere at Hot Docs Festival in Toronto tonight (Tuesday night). According to the filmmakers, the subject not only signed a release form, she continued to stay engaged and allowed filming. But the subject switched sides and sued filmmakers the filmmakers for breach of contract.
Read More: IndieWire

Times rebrands R&D studio, promotes VR video at NewFront
The New York Times is rebranding its research and development lab as “Story[X]” and will more closely integrate it with its newsroom and advertising teams. It announced Monday that Story[X] will focus on technology to advance its journalism, and announced its recent focus on building six new video series and a number of virtual reality films.
Read More: Capital New York

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Films to watch on PBS
Celebrating Asian Pacific American heritage and history with PBS. It has a full schedule of programming for Asian Pacific Heritage Month, including over two dozen films streaming online. Among the titles to keep an eye out for: Soul of a Banquet, Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, Ana May Wong: In Her Own Words, Mulberry Child, Fallen City, etc.
Read More: PBS

25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business
The digital and tech era are no longer as exclusive. The next List offers you ideas from 25 people from Google, NetFlix, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc. who are changing the business. They are the unsung creative, technical, and social visionaries working to bring the incredible world of tomorrow to you today.
Read More: Wired

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week
Documentamadrid 4/27-5/8
Hot Docs Festival 4/28-5/8
DOK.fest-International Documentary Film Festival Munich 5/5-5/15
Taiwan International Documentary Festival 5/6-5/15
Deadline: ITVS Digital Open Call – 5/2

Next Week
Festival de Cannes 5/11-5/22

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