August 5, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Constructed Realities: Hybrid Documentaries at Karlovy Vary
The lines between fiction film and documentary are often blurred, as all fiction films capture some aspects of documentary and vice versa. An old phenomenon, the ‘hybrid’ documentary is one that moves between the two modes, blending the elements and techniques associated with narrative fiction with traditional documentary filmmaking. The 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival showcased several documentaries that could be defined as hybrids, including Notes on Blindness (the documentary).
Read more | IDA

Black films spotlighted this month at the Siskel
This year’s Black Harvest Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center includes POV Season 29’s All the Difference as well as other films highlighting the black community. The festival runs through Sept. 1 and you can find the full schedule here.
Read more | Chicago Tribune

‘Netflix glitch’ accidentally subtitles BBC nature documentary with lines from comedian Aziz Ansari’s stand-up show
If you’re looking for a narrator for your next nature documentary, look no further. Thanks to an alleged Netflix glitch, subtitles from Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, were somehow played over an episode of Planet Earth – with hilarious results.
Read more | Mashable »

FSLC Announces Revival Lineup For 54th New York Film Festival
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for the Revivals section, taking place during the 54th New York Film Festival in September. The Revivals section showcases masterpieces from renowned filmmakers whose unique works have been digitally remastered, restored and preserved.
Read more | IndieWire »

Catalyst for change: Tim Kaine’s feline challenger gets documentary treatment
This is definitely a documentary to look out for this election season, especially as Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was confirmed as the Vice Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party last week. Director Emma Kougell’s new documentary, Wild About Hank, will shed light on the campaign waged by a cat named Hank against then senator-to-be Tim Kaine in 2012. This ‘wild’ film premieres in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Museum of Natural History’s Cat Fest tonight.
Read more | The Guardian »

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