July 18, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18
The United Nations marks 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 95th birthday and honoring his dedication to public service, social justice and reconciliation, inspiring millions around the world. Watch clips and documentaries here about Nelson Mandela and his legacy begins with his youth.
Learn More | What is Mandela Day »
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Emmys Upstage Oscars In Diversity and Female-Led Programs In 2016
After Oscars So White, when every single one of the 20 acting nominations were given to white thespians, Thursday’s Emmy nominations revealed far more diversity in the television industry. While the Motion Picture Academy responds well to certain high-end dramas such as Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” those films just don’t come along that often.
Read more | IndieWire »

Joe Berlinger on His New Documentary and Why Tony Robbins Is Not a Guru
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru a feature documentary film about internationally renowned life and business strategist Tony Robbins, is a revelatory cinéma vérité film that goes behind the scene of his mammoth seminar Date with Destiny, attended by over 2,500 people in Boca Raton, Florida each year, to give an insider look at how one man can affect millions. This Joe Berlinger’s new film hit Netflix last week and later this month is heading to Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.
Read more | Vogue »

How To Talk to Your Investors about IRC Section 181
The Jobs Creation Act of 2004 (the “Act”) included this incentive to investors in the entertainment industry. Section 181 deals with the tax treatment of certain qualified television and film productions. The purpose of this short article is to explain how IRC Section 181 works, for filmmakers.
Read more | Filmmaker Magazine »

5 Lessons from ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and the Tanked Career of Michael Cimino
When Michael Cimino died last week at 77, the erstwhile wonder boy who had won a Best Director Oscar for The Deer Hunter had been largely forgotten in his home country, his life reduced to a cautionary tale. It was all because of Heaven’s Gate, deemed “the biggest flop in movie history.” Check out a documentary on the film’s production, as well as lessons from the life and work of a director and film.
Read more | No Film School »

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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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