June 9, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Making a Documentary Is Like Living Life: Nonfiction Filmmakers Gather for ‘Coffee Talks’
At a panel on Sunday, nonfiction filmmakers discussed the challenges of keeping their professional and personal lives separate. Long-form documentary filmmakers often spend months, if not years, with their subjects to capture objective and candid portraits – this requires not only time but a passion for the story. The discussion was part of the annual Coffee Talks at the LA Film Festival.
Read more | Film Independent »

At the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, a Lot of the Humans Are Women
#WomenInFilm dominate this year’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival lineup, and more than half the 18 features in the festival are directed by women, alone or with co-directors. The festival kicksoff this Friday with POV’s Nanfu Wang’s Hooligan Sparrow, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC Center. Another POV Season 29 film, Almost Sunrise, will also screen at the festival.
Read more | The New York Times »

Hungry for documentaries? Try these…
Do you love food? Do you love documentaries? If you answered yes to both of these questions, be sure to check out these food-themed documentaries at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest starting this Friday.
Read more | DocGeeks »

Sundance Labs Announce 25 Film and Theater Projects and New “Multi-Lab” Setting
The Sundance Institute announced the 25 projects that will participate in its Screenwriters Lab, Documentary Edit and Story Labs and new Theatre-Makers Residency. The creators of the projects will meet this summer at the Sundance Resort in Utah, expanding their personal projects through interactions with other creators on different storytelling forms. Looking forward to the creative ideas to come from this variety of 25 projects and their creators!
Read more | Filmmaker Magazine »

Robert DeNiro Awarded New York City Ambassadorship for Film and Media
Robert De Niro, the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, Jane Rosenthal, Alicia Keys and Lady Gaga are the recipients of this year’s Ambassador for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). The event celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting took place Wednesday at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. The newly appointed ambassadors will work to promote the media and entertainment industries by planning and promoting 50 free cultural events throughout the city, particularly in underserved communities.
Read more | Indiewire »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

  • Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 6/2-6/12
  • Early Deadline: IDA Documentary Awards 6/7
  • Deadline: NEH Digital Projects for the Public 6/8
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest: Sheffield International Documentary Festival 6/10-6/15
  • Seattle International Film Festival 5/19-6/12
  • LA Film Festival 6/1-6/9
  • Seattle International Brooklyn Film Festival 6/3-6/12
  • Seattle International Film Festival 5/19-6/12
  • Alliance 2016 (Oakland CA)
  • Cross Video Days 2016 Content Market 6/8-6/10
  • Greenwich International Film Festival 6/9-6/12
  • Greenwich International Film Festival 6/9-6/12
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York 6/10-6/19

Next Week

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