July 29, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

PBS documentary goes backstage at ‘Hamilton’
Having trouble getting tickets to see Hamilton on Broadway? You may never get those tickets, but in October, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the musical through PBS’s documentary.
Read more | USA Today »

‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ & Ms. Barbara Kopple
70-year-old filmmaker Barbara Kopple already has come a long way since interning for the Maysles Brothers, and has made quite a name for herself in both the fiction and nonfiction filmmaking world since then. Her newest music documentary, Miss Sharon Jones! premieres tonight, and profiles singer Sharon Jonesas she battles pancreatic cancer.
Read more | IDA »

Werner Herzog on the future of film school, critical connectivity, and Pokémon Go
His transcendant empathy as a filmmaker is perhaps the quality that keeps filmmakers from all over the world to sign up for his classes. Legendary documentarian Werner Herzog talks about his MasterClass and Rogue Film School, the release of Lo and Behold and…Pokémon Go?
Read more | The Verge »

How to Teach the Ethics of Using Eyewitness Video
Documentaries often use eyewitness footage, be it a news story or a human rights investigation, to provide the full picture of an issue or subject. When including these sensitve footage in documentaries, it is important to consider the stakeholders – here’s a 3-step checklist for guidance.
Read more | MediaShift »

All Eyes on ‘Sparrow’: Documenting the Dangers of Activism in China
Nanfu Wang’s debut feature documentary, Hooligan Sparrow, is off to a good start in distribution, having been released a few days ago in New York City. Given the improbability of having the film screened in China, Wang hopes many Chinese will take the opportunity to watch the film in the U.S. and in China’s underground and independent filmmaking scene to spread awareness of the issue of censorship in China.
Read more | IDA »

Vote for Your Favorites in the PBS Online Film Festival
Voting for the PBS Online Film Festival ends at the end of the day today! The festival showcases works from the National Minority Consortia, StoryCorps, PBS local member stations, and yours truly. We encourage you to watch, vote and share your favorite; the film with the most votes will receive the PBS People’s Choice Award on August 1.
Watch more | PBS »

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  • Deadline: DOK Co-Pro Market Submission 8/1
  • Deadline: IDFA DocLab 8/1
  • Deadline: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 8/1
  • Deadline: HBF Post-Production Grant 8/1

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