May 25, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Here Are 16 Women Who Dominated the Cannes Film Festival
Happy #wcw! Women filmmakers dominated the 2016 Cannes Film Festival before, behind and on the camera. Check out the new kind of female protagonist: independent, strong, often androgynous, and not defined by her relationships with men.
Read more | Indiewire »

‘Defying the Nazis’ Trailer: Tom Hanks Narrates Inspiring Ken Burns PBS Documentary
Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky is bringing a compelling 90-minute documentary this fall to PBS, titled “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.” The film explores the lives of Waitstill, narrated by Tom Hanks, and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in 1939 to help refuges and dissidents escape from Nazis in Eastern Europe.
Read more | IndieWire »

How to Build Your Documentary’s Distribution Strategy
There’s a transition happening in the world of indie film distribution. A workshop at the recent Oregon Doc Camp, presented by Women in Film Portland, focused on developing a distribution and marketing strategy for documentaries. Panelists Caitlin Boyle of Film Sprout, Julie Whang of Tugg, and Amanda Elder of Collective Eye Films detailed the roles their companies play in the new world of hybrid distribution.
Read more | Filmmaker Magazine »

Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears, debuts ‘Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation’
The free ‘Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation’ is the result of Facebook’s acquisition of Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum. The deal brings new audio expertise to Facebook and Oculus, but according to Two Big Ears, the audio toolkit “will continue to be platform and device agnostic” — and support for Windows is apparently still on the way.
Read more | Venture Beat »

Paul Launches New ‘Pure McCartney VR’ Documentary Series
Any Beatles fan out there? You’re going to want to watch this six-part immersive VR experience that delves into the stories behind some of Paul McCartney’s most iconic songs. Filmed in his private home studio, fans will embark on a personal journey with Paul as he recounts memories and anecdotes related to various tracks, while sharing archival and never-before-seen footage. Two parts came out yesterday.
Read more | Paul McCartney »

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