May 27, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

How a 90-Year-Old Documentary Legend Is Still Going Strong
Despite having lived through decades of filmmaking innovations, legendary director D.A. Pennebaker still sees the documentary form as being in its infancy, with the potential to educate cultures. Pennebaker and his wife Chris Hegedus’s next project will focus on Pennebaker’s own career and working relationship with the late documentarian Albert Maysles.
Read more | Indiewire »

Europe Seeks Greater Control Over Digital Services
In a broader effort to regulate consumption of online services, European officials proposed a new set of rules that could force Netflix and other video streaming services to carry a minimum amount of local content in individual countries. The plan is to help level the playing field with national broadcasters.
Read more | The New York Times »

Alamo Drafthouse & Legion M Partner On Genre Entertainment Development Stream
Alamo Drafthouse and fan-owned entertainment company Legion M have embarked on a strategic partnership to foster development and distribution of genre entertainment with an eye on features, shorts and virtual reality platforms. Alamo already has a strong film industry presence through its distribution wing Drafthouse Films, which since 2010 has released 36 films, including the acclaimed documentary The Act of Killing and its companion film The Look of Silence, both of which received Oscar nominations.
Read more | Deadline »

New R/O Institute to Train Next Generation of Storytellers
During the latest edition of NEXT, the innovation hub of Marché du Film in Cannes, Cineuropa’s editor-in-chief Domenico La Porta introduced the R/O Institute, a novel training initiative for filmmakers focusing on progressive storytelling using the newest technologies on the market.
Read more | R/O Institute »

An important filmmaker gets a disposable profile in ‘Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang’
Director Walter Salles’s new film offers a chronological summary of celebrated Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s career and development as an artist, from his debut feature Xiao Wu through his revenge anthology A Touch Of Sin, interspersed with reminisces about the director’s late father and anecdotes about how who met whom.
Read more | A.V. Club »

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