July 11, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

How Black Lives Matter Created The Accidental Documentarians
Last Thursday, a sniper shot 13 police officers in Dallas, killing five, Michael Bautista logged onto Facebook Live and began recording. He speaks directly to viewers, calmly narrating the horrors he’s captured on his phone camera. This weekend, Black Lives Matter activists gathered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to mourn the death of Alton Sterling, who sold CDs outside a convenience stores; his killing was captured by bystanders. Filmmakers captured the deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sinclair, and Dallas police officers. Here’s why we are obliged to watch.
Read more | IndieWire »

Is Virtual Reality Journalism’s Final Frontier?
The concept of boots-on-the-ground firsthand reporting is as old as journalism itself. The ability to weave a story with whatever tools you have (be they words, a camera, a VR headset, or some yet-undefined technology) and make someone feel like they just lived the experience is often regarded as one of the greatest achievements of storytelling.
Read more | Playboy »

Michael Hutchence: unreleased songs and documentary on his final years due
Previously unreleased songs recorded by INXS’s Michael Hutchence and a documentary about the last years of his life are set to be released over the next year. Sydney entrepreneur Ron Creevey, who runs Kings Cross studio and venue the X Studio, said he has spent the last two years working on the project alongside LA-based producer Danny Saber.
Read more | The Guardian »

PBS 2016 Online Film Festival
25 films. 3 weeks. Beginning today (July 11) to July 29, PBS’s Online Film Festival is up. POV’s My Gal, Rosemarie and Traffic Stop are among the lineup. Since its launch in 2012, the PBS Online Film Festival has featured diverse films from PBS member stations, POV and collaborations with public television producers. Watch and vote for your favorite films now.
Watch and Vote | PBS »

Upcoming festivals and deadlines
This Week

  • Deadline: I Look Up Challenge Architecture as a Solution Submissions 7/10
  • Deadline: IDA Documentary Awards 7/11

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