June 22, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

The Director of Helvetica Is Making a Documentary On Dieter Rams
Monographs, biographies, keynotes, and entire exhibitions have focused on Dieter Rams, the renowned German designer whose clean, functional aesthetic made Braun a household name in the 20th century, and paved the way for design-focused companies like Apple and Muji. And now Rams is getting a movie. Documentarian Gary Hustwit is just the person to make it.
Read more | Wired »

Working Women — Investigating The League of Exotique Dancers
The League of Exotique Dancers, a documentary on the history of burlesque performers was a natural fit to be explored through a feminist lens: it is a part of women’s history that is routinely erased. Director Rama Rau presents a fulsome and celebratory picture of a group of women who, without realizing it at the time, forged the way for the sexual freedoms that many women know and enjoy today—though few women recognize these forbearers of the right to bare it all.
Read more | POV Magazine »

Seven Docs to Watch If You’re Mad as Hell About the Orlando Shootings
“I am looking for ways to put this anger to good use. Not to sit in quiet, seething resentment that something so incredibly, senselessly violent has become a common occurrence or that the LGBT community is still so unsafe or that the U.S. Senate still can’t pass gun control measures that would save lives — but to be visible and vocal about the undeniable, urgent need for real change,”Sundance Institute’s media relations director Casey De La Rosa wrote. And these films chronicle the difference each of us can make, and show us how to turn pain and anger into a force for good.
Read more | Sundance »

14 Documentaries You Should See At This Year’s AFI Docs
With 94 documentaries slated for viewing at this year’s AFI Docs film festival, which begins today (Wednesday) and runs through Sunday, you’re going to need some help narrowing down what to see. So Washingtonian watched as many as they could and picked out their favorites for you to use as a guide.
Read more | Washingtonian »
Full lineup | AFI Docs »

Facebook Signs Deals With Media Companies, Celebrities for Facebook Live
Facebook Inc. has inked contracts with nearly 140 media companies and celebrities to create videos for its nascent live-streaming service, as the social network positions itself to cash in on a lucrative advertising market it has yet to tap—and keep its 1.65 billion monthly users engaged. Its partners include established media outfits like CNN and the New York Times; digital publishers like Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable and the Huffington Post; and celebrities including Kevin Hart, Gordon Ramsay, Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson.
Read more | Wall Street Journal »

Cinema Eye Names Semifinalists for Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television
Now entering its tenth year, Cinema Eye, the organization that recognizes outstanding work in nonfiction film, earlier this week announced the ten films that have been named as semifinalists for Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Filmmaking for Television.
Read more | Filmmaker Magazine »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

  • Edinburgh International Film Festival 6/15-6/26
  • BAMcinemaFest 2016 6/15-6/26
  • 18th Docaviv International Film Festival 6/19-6/28
  • AFI Docs Film Festival 6/22-6/26

Next Week

  • POV’s Call for Entries closes! 6/30
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival When 7/1 – 7/9

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