July 20, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Navigating the River: The Hidden Colonialism of Documentary
The brutal truth is that the history of documentary filmmaking is rooted explicitly in cultural, racial, gender and class-based colonialism. For decades upon decades, Western filmmakers—almost exclusively white men—traveled to other countries and cultures to extract resources (footage), which they would exploit (edit) for the benefit of their home culture (theaters, film festivals, PBS, etc.). This flow of power, and along with it the control over these stories, historically traveled in one direction—from those without it to those with it.
Read more | IDA »

‘Making a Murderer’ Returning With New Episodes
Making a Murderer, the true-crime documentary series that became an unexpected sensation for Netflix at the end of 2015, will return for new episodes revisiting the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. Netflix said in a statement on Tuesday that Ms. Ricciardi and Ms. Demos were in production on further episodes of Making a Murderer that will “provide an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, as well as, the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.”
Read more | The New York Times »

Garry Marshall, ‘Pretty Woman’ Director and Creator of ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 81
Garry Marshall, who created some of the 1970s’ most iconic sitcoms including Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy and went on to direct hit movies including Pretty Woman and The Princess Diaries, died Tuesday in Burbank, Calif. of complications from pneumonia following a stroke. He was 81.
Read more | Variety »

Kate Plays Christine: First Look at Robert Greene’s ‘Nonfiction Psychological Thriller’
In hindsight, the fact that two films about Christine Chubbuck are being released within a month of one another may be less strange than the fact that it took 40 years for a movie to be made about her in the first place. Chubbuck, a reporter in Sarasota, Florida whose on-air suicide made national headlines in 1974, is the basis of both Robert Greene’s Kate Plays Christine and Antonio Campos’ Christine. Greene’s (mostly) nonfiction endeavor has just released its official trailer and poster on Vulture.
Read more | IndieWire »

Pokemon Go documentary shows the madness it created in New York City
If you’re not convinced that hundreds of people in packed dense locations are playing Pokemon Go yet, give this short documentary from Alexander Steinerg a watch.
Read more | Destructoid »

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