October 17, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

‘Into the Inferno’ Trailer: Werner Herzog’s Stunning Documentary Takes You Into Incredible Volcanic Landscapes
Acclaimed auteur Werner Herzog takes viewers into the red-hot magma-filled craters of some of the world’s most active and astonishing volcanoes in his new documentary Into the Inferno. Accompanied by volcanologist and co-director Clive Oppenheimer (who he met ten years ago while filming Encounters at the End of the World), the duo take an unforgettable journey across the globe, from Antarctica, to the hottest desert in the world in Ethiopia, to Iceland, and even to the generally inaccessible center of North Korea, to visit some of the world’s most scared volcanoes.
Read more | IndieWire »

New Research Study: 7 Stats From 100,000 Crowdfunding Campaigns
If you’ve decided to start a crowdfunding campaign, it’s probably for an idea that you’ve been thinking about for awhile. You’re ready to take charge and turn your dream into a reality. Crowdfunding is an excellent option for anyone to fund what matters to them, whether it’s a band’s latest album, short film, hot new gadget, college tuition, medical expenses… the list goes on and on. We want every campaigner to be set up for success, so we took a look at the numbers and statistics behind 100,000 Indiegogo campaigns* to see what’s working and what’s not.
Read more | Indiegogo »

Watch an Exclusive Clip From PBS’s Nikolai Tesla Documentary
On Tuesday, the PBS historical series American Experience will premiere its latest documentary, Tesla. No, it’s not about the electric car company. It’s about Nikolai Tesla, the electrical engineer whose experiments and inventions moved electronics into the modern era. Telsa was a wacky guy with some far-fetched ideas, but many of theories about how electricity could work would eventually prove to be dead on.
Read more | Wired »

A True-Crime Documentary About the Con That Shook the World of Wine
Sour Grapes, by the documentary filmmakers Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, traces [Rudy] Kurniawan’s ascent to the inner sanctum of connoisseurship, then rehashes the detective work that led to his downfall and scandalized the world of wine collectors. The movie unfolds in the same tick-tock manner as any true-crime story, following the sleuths who set out to expose Kurniawan’s fraud.
Read more | New Yorker »

‘In Cold Blood’ Crime to be Explored in Sundance TV Documentary Series
Sundance TV has ordered Murder in the Heartland: In Cold Blood Revisited, a four-part documentary series exploring the infamous crime at the center of Truman Capote’s book “In Cold Blood.”
Read more | Variety »

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This Week

  • Austin Film Festival Oct 13 – 20
  • DocLisboa: International Film Festival Oct 20 – 30
  • United Nations Association Film Festival Oct 20 – 30

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  • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival Oct 25 – 30

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