August 3, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Where Did Zika Virus Come From? New PBS Documentary Explains How Infectious Diseases Travel
The Zika virus made headlines again recently when several cases were reported in Miami earlier this week. PBS’s newest documentary, Spillover Zika, Ebola & Beyond will explain how more than 70 percent of diseases transfer from animals to infect humans. The documentary premieres tonight at 10pm ET.
Read more | Medical Daily »

TIFF Adds New Round of Titles, Including ‘It’s Only the End of the World,’ ‘Mean Dreams’ and More
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival has announced an additional selection of feature picks, almost all falling under the banner of Canadian-made films. Below are the second additions to the lineup, but stay tuned for more programming in the next few days as the festival isn’t until Sept. 8.
Read more | Indiewire »

No Reservations: Film Independent Fellow Chloé Zhao Explores ‘Songs My Brothers Taught Me’
Film Independent Fellow Chloé Zhao tells a story of the strength and struggles of a Native American family in South Dakota in her debut feature, Songs My Brother Taught Me. In this interview, Zhao talks about the inspiration for the story, the unconventional casting process and finding her own voice in the noisiness of the industry.
Read more | Film Independent »

Time Warner Acquires 10% Stake in Hulu for $583 Million
Time Warner is taking a 10% stake in Hulu, joining existing owners Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast. This is part of the investment Turner will bring its cable networks to Hulu’s live-streaming TV service in 2017, which will allow delivery of high-quality content to audiences all over the world.
Read more | Variety »

Instagram Stories
You may have noticed a change on your Instagram, and that’s because Instagram Stories was introduced yesterday. Similar to Snapchat, the new feature will allow users to post photos and videos to share during a 24-hour cycle.
Read more | No Instagram »

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