July 28, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds
This summer has been marked by a series of big-budget box office disappointments domestically. The BFG is the latest film to join Alice Through the Looking Glass, Warcraft, The Legend of Tarzan, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. How can Hollywood win back summer crowds stateside?
Read more | Variety »

‘Hillary’s America’ is the Year’s Top Documentary, and Dinesh D’Souza is the New Michael Moore
The top-grossing documentary of 2016 so far is Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, grossing $4.6 million to date. Dinesh D’Souza 2012 film, 2016: Obama’s America, earned $33.4 million at the box office. Toting successful, political documentaries, IndieWire delves into why D’Souza can be considered “the conservative Michael Moore.”
Read more | IndieWire »

What’s in Your Kit?, Sundance 2016 Edition: Cinematographer Steven Holleran (The Land)
Moviemaker’s series “What’s in Your Kit” features a range of working cinematographers sharing their must-have gear. Today, see what’s in cinematographer Steven Holleran’s (Steve Caple Jr’s 2016 film The Land) kit.
Read more | Moviemaker »

Vote for Your Favorites in the PBS Online Film Festival
Voting for the PBS Online Film Festival ends tomorrow, July 29. The festival showcases works from the National Minority Consortia, StoryCorps, PBS local member stations, and yours truly. We encourage you to watch, vote and share your favorite; the film with the most votes will receive the PBS People’s Choice Award on August 1!
Watch more | PBS »

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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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