August 26, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

At 81, Disney’s First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio
If you’ve seen Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, or the Toy Story movies, you’ve seen the work of animator Floyd Norman; for decades, he’s helped bring Disney and Pixar classics to life. Now 81, Norman still works for Disney, where he’s plied his trade, on and off, since he became the studio’s first African-American animator back in the 1950s. Norman’s love of art began long before his Disney job, as he reveals in a new documentary, An Animated Life.
Read more | NPR »

New York Today: Madonna’s Metropolis
It’s a summer Friday. One of the last. So today we bring you a column on the lighter side. In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Madonna documentary Truth or Dare, the Metrograph theater in Chinatown is running a retrospective of the performer’s film career, beginning on Saturday.
Read more | The New York Times »

Four Ways to Explore Women’s History In Your Community
On Women’s Equality Day, Here are four great ways to use POV’s films to celebrate and discover new perspectives on women’s history. We also have a collection offering educators a range of our most popular accompanying content, from web features to discussion guides, lesson plans and reading lists here.
Read more | POV’s Documentary Blog »

Announcing the Remaining TIFF ’16 Films and Talks, POP VR, TIFF Kids and Festival Street
The Toronto International Film Festival announced it’s remaining slate, which will include In Conversation With… Hiam Abbass, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji, Sonia Braga, Isabelle Huppert, Karan Johar, Mark Wahlberg, and Zhang Ziyi, five virtual reality projects for POP VR, 35 feature films as part of the Discovery programme and more!
Read more | TIFF »

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary
While best documentary conversations start to take shape in January at the Sundance Film Festival, making the transition from rapturous festival play to awards-season contender is a harrowing road. A documentary must be truly extraordinary to make the final Oscar five.
Read more | IndieWire »

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