June 17, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Doc Ethics: Let Core Values Drive Your Decisions
As Kartemquin Films celebrates its 50th anniversary, co-founder Gordon Quinn writes about the core ethical values in documentary: “What we do is think about questions and contradictions that reflect the values that orient our decision-making. As we confront the inevitably idiosyncratic situations that emerge in our subjects’ complex lives and our relationship to them, the core problem is to find the balance between what we feel we owe our subjects and what we owe our viewers.”
Read more | Documentary Magazine »

To Tell Unsung Stories, Rising Filmmakers Go to ‘Summer Camp’
A new retreat program in Camden, Maine hosted by the Tribeca Film Institute and Camden International Film Festival, and sponsored by CNN Films is lending support and guidance to budding film artists, whose projects, perspectives and stories harbor potential to effect powerful and positive change; the retreat, now in its second year, is aimed at American documentarians from diverse backgrounds who might not otherwise have the resources or opportunities to see their work flourish.
Read more | Observer »

Watch: ‘Toy Story’ Documentary Captures a World Before Computer Animation
The creators of the upcoming Pixar feature, ‘Finding Dory’, Andrew Stanton and John Lasseter propelled computer animation as a medium. If you’re a fan of Toy Story or even Inside Out, this 1995 behind-the-scenes documentary on Toy Story is sure to be fascinating.
Read more | Indiewire »

This Video Essay Will Make You Fall in Love With Cannes-Winning Auteur Sólveig Anspach
French-Icelandic director Sólveig Anspach received the François Chalais Award at Cannes for her documentary Made In the USA, a sensitive yet furious critique of the capital punishment system, which is still used by justice organizations to educate. Her friend and No Film School’s Scout Tafoya dedicates a video essay to the celebrated director.
Read more | No Film School »

EDN Announces Merger With The Documentary Filmmakers Group DFG
The UK-based Documentary Filmmakers Group (DFG) will cease its activities under that name and will merge with the European Documentary Network (EDN), based in Copenhagen and Brussels. All future activities will be conducted under the EDN brand, which will streamline the documentary filmmaking process for European filmmakers.
Read more | European Documentary Network »

Explore Virtual Reality IRL at TIFF
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, from June 24-26, there’s going to be a pop-up installation exploring the intersection of VR, music and art at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Check out the preview of the projects that are to come!
Read more | TIFF »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York 6/10-6/19
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 6/15-6/26
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest: Sheffield International Documentary Festival 6/10-6/15

Next Week

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 6/15-6/26

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