July 21, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival 2016: Why Every Movie In Competition is Directed by a Woman
This year, Michael Moore will use his Traverse City Film Festival to throw down the gauntlet for women filmmakers. The official selection — not the sidebar, not a spotlight — is comprised of 32 films, and every one is directed by a woman.
Read more | IndieWire »

“Cocksucker Blues”: Robert Frank’s Suppressed Rolling Stones Documentary Comes to Film Forum
When Robert Frank and Danny Seymour made Cocksucker Blues, their documentary about the Rolling Stones on tour in the United States, in 1972, the band hadn’t been here for three years—not since the catastrophic concert at the Altamont Speedway that’s the subject of the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin’s Gimme Shelter. That earlier documentary is not about the Rolling Stones but about the concert itself, about the bad meshing of the power of their music with societal power systems, with infrastructure and with the lack of it; it’s about the dying myth of total liberation.
Read more | The New Yorker »

The Economist expands beyond business and finance coverage with its year-old Films division
“Hello, I am Emily. I am 24 years old and I am from Belgium. This documentary is about my request for euthanasia because of mental suffering.” So begins 24 and Ready to Die, a 20-minute documentary released in November by The Economist. At first glance, the video might seem like an odd fit for the weekly news magazine, which has spent the last 170 years establishing itself as an authority on global business and finance news, not mental health issues. But the shift to video has shaken up The Economist’s approach, forcing it to expand its horizons and explore new subjects and formats to reach viewers on the web.
Read more | Nieman Lab »

Women In Film and The Black List Announce Finalists and Instructors for TV Lab For Female Writers
Women in Film, LA and The Black List have officially announced their eight finalists and instructors who will be part of their inaugural television lab for female writers. The Episodic Lab will run for eight weeks beginning in August and will “emphasize both craft and professional development, in order to equip participants with the knowledge on how to build and sustain their careers, through programs on script development, workshopping sessions and Master Classes with established writers and industry executives.”
Read more | IndieWire »

IFP Film Week Expands to Include TV, Digital
The Independent Filmmaker Project is expanding its IFP Film Week to support television, digital, web, VR and app-based series as part of its 45-project slate. The event, set for Sept. 17-22, is moving after 37 years in Manhattan to Brooklyn.
Read more | Variety »

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