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

A Véritéble Weekend of Cinéma: A Film Festival in Maine
Four neighboring coastal towns in Maine dictated my September 16–18 weekend. Films were shown in Camden, Rockland, and Rockport. I slept in Belfast in the home of my aunt and uncle. I grew up around Portland, about two hours south of the Camden International Film Festival, but had I never left for the repertory cinema scene of New York I wonder if I ever would have experienced this exceptional event.
Read more | HyperAllergic

Storytelling in the Virtual Age at FoST Fest
A cavernous, six-story space on Fifth Avenue and 109th Street will soon be temporarily transformed into a phantasmagoria of virtual reality, augmented reality, olfactory experiments, immersive theater and numerous mind-bending tricks.
Read more | The New York Times

A Documentary About the Life and Tragic Death of the Great Jazz Trumpeter Lee Morgan
Some of the best offerings in this year’s New York Film Festival are documentaries. The festival opened last night with Ava DuVernay’s powerfully and passionately insightful documentary 13th, a brilliant analysis of the historical roots of the politics behind today’s scourge of mass incarceration. Then, on Sunday and Monday, the festival will show the Swedish director Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan, centered on the relationship between the great trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife, Helen Morgan, who shot him to death, in a Lower East Side jazz club, in 1972.
Read more | The New Yorker

New York Film Fest: With Opener ’13th,’ Ava DuVernay Stakes Claim for Oscar Doc Consideration
13th, the latest film from Ava DuVernay, became the first documentary ever to open the New York Film Festival, kicking off its 54th edition at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on Friday night — and it received a standing ovation from most of the crowd, both when its credits began to roll and when DuVernay, who is best known for directing 2014’s Selma, took the stage for a brief post-screening Q&A with festival director Kent Jones.
Read more | The Hollywood Reporter

The 2016 IndieWire NYFF Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival
Stay updated on the New York Film Festival, running from September 30 – October 16, with a comprehensive list of every item published on IndieWire.
Read more | IndieWire

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines
This Week

  • 54th New York Film Festival Sept 30-Oct 16
  • Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival Oct 6-8
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Oct 7-16

Next Week

  • Deadline: First Submission for Visions du Réel Oct 10
  • Deadline: True/False Oct 11
  • Austin Film Festival Oct 13-20

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