July 6 , 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Under the Sun Documentary Catches North Korea with Its Guard Down
During a scene in Under the Sun, a North Korean minder orders uniformed workers to form a line on the factory floor before they speak on camera. “Say that joyfully,” orders the minder, a bespectacled, middle-aged man, as he prods the laborers to talk about how much they love their work producing soy milk. What the minder didn’t realize, however, was that the cameras were already recording, and his pushy efforts to concoct an idyllic scene of industrial glee had all been captured.
Read more | Los Angeles Times »

The Counted: People Killed by Police in the United States in 2015 — interactive
The Counted is a project by the Guardian — and you — working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015 and 2016, to monitor their demographics and to tell the stories of how they died.
Read more | The Guardian »

This Documentary About Richard Linklater Offers a Glimpse Into the Mind Behind Boyhood and Dazed and Confused
Richard Linklater’s body of work has included huge blockbusters, a trilogy that spans almost two decades, and even animated movies, but it’s Linklater himself who is the subject of Richard Linklater: Dream Is Destiny. The documentary, which is directed by Karen Bernstein and Louis Black, premiered at Sundance earlier this year to positive reviews and covers the life and work of the man behind Everybody Wants Some!! and Boyhood.
Read more | Slate »

Watch: Abbas Kiarostami’s Recent Two-Hour TIFF Masterclass
It would really be very nice if the timing on this were appropriate for almost any other reason, and yet this two-hour, TIFF-hosted talk with Abbas Kiarostami that’s just been posted matters more than ever because… well, you’ve probably heard by now. But just as most of us never knew the man, most of us can appreciate the insight and presence he brought when the TIFF Bell Lightbox hosted a career retrospective this past winter.
Read more and watch | The Film Stage »

15 Great Ways Filmmakers Found Their Independence In The Last 20 Years
From technological innovation to subverting expectations and everything in between, here are the most indie-spirited moves from the last 20 years.
Read more | IndieWire »

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  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival When 7/1 – 7/9

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

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