November 28, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

The Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Film Lovers
It’s almost December, which means it’s time to stop slacking and start Christmas shopping. We know that choosing the perfect gift can be a daunting and stressful task, so to help out we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite movie-themed gift ideas. Take the rest of the month off, St Nick, we got this…
Read more | Little White Lies »

‘Unlike Anything I’ve Ever Seen’: Filmmakers Create Documentary of a Documentary
A new film explores the trials, hardships and endless problem solving required in documentary filmmaking — by putting the entire process itself under the lens. Academy Award-winning Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker John Zaritsky is in front of the camera for the first time in John Zaritsky on TV, a film that follows him as he takes on his latest project, chronicling survivors of the controversial pharmaceutical thalidomide.
Read more | CBC News »

Stunned By Trump, The New York Times Finds Time For Some Soul-Searching
It’s been a moment for soul-searching, and to some extent repentance, at the New York Times. In much-discussed remarks to his own media columnist James Rutenberg, executive editor Dean Baquet offered a mea culpa for having missed the Donald Trump surprise, though he spoke less for the paper than for journalists in general. “We’ve got to do a much better job of being on the road, out in the country, talking to different kinds of people than we talk to — especially if you happen to be a New York-based news organization — and remind ourselves that New York is not the real world,” Baquet said.
Read more | Deadline »

Oscars: ‘Eagle Huntress’ and Other Documentaries Merit Artisan Attention
In Oscar history, no feature documentary has been nominated for best picture. At some point that will change, and certainly many of the 2016 docus are credible contenders. Even if that doesn’t happen, voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences should remember that documentaries are eligible in other categories.
Read more | Variety »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines
This Week

  • Porto/Post/Doc Nov 26 – Dec 4
  • Festival Dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival Nov 25 – Dec 2
  • Deadline: JustFilms Fellowship Dec 2
  • Deadline: Deadline: Tribeca – Experimental Work Dec 2

Next Week

  • Deadline: Film Independent Documentary Lab Dec 5
  • Deadline: Artist as Activist Fellowship Dec 7

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