November 4, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

What Are Your Rights as a Documentary Filmmaker? A Primer on Permission
Knowing your rights as a documentary filmmaker—and having the right forms to back them up—is the armor you need to chase the biggest stories of our times.
Read more | No Film School »

RIDM: Festival Pushes Limits of Documentary Form
“Films without compromise.” That’s what he’s looking for, said Bruno Dequen, the new programming director at Rencontres internationales du documentaire (RIDM), the 19th edition of which runs Nov. 10-20. The philosophy of Montreal’s premier documentary film festival hasn’t changed since Dequen took over from his former boss, Charlotte Selb. “We seek out what for us represents the best in documentary cinema,” he said, “and that word ‘cinema’ is super important. We want films that link aesthetic sensibility with thematic complexity.”
Read more | Montreal Gazette »

OJ: Made in America, 13th Win Top Prizes at Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards
Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made in America and Ava DuVernay’s 13th were the big winners at the inaugural Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards on Thursday night in New York. Edelman’s seven-and-a-half-hour look at the tumultuous life of O.J. Simpson took home four awards, the most of the evening, for best documentary (theatrical feature), best director (theatrical feature), best limited documentary series, and best sports documentary.
Read more | EW »

Documentary ‘All Governments Lie’ Takes Mainstream Media to Task
For his feature documentary debut, director Fred Peabody brings on big-name investigative journalists such as Matt Taibbi, Jeremy Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman and others to create a damning indictment of mainstream media. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone weaves together the efforts of these contemporary figures with the impact of Stone, who covered Lyndon B. Johnson, the Vietnam War and more, largely through his newsletter “I.F. Stone’s Weekly.”
Read more | Los Angeles Times »

David Bowie: BBC Announces Documentary on His Final Years
The film will focus on the star’s final two albums, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar,” alongside the stage musical “Lazarus,” which recently opened in London. It will be directed by Francis Whately as a follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years. The film will feature new interviews and unseen footage, the BBC said.
Read more | BBC »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines
This Week

  • Dok Leipzig Oct 31 – Nov 6
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival Nov 4 – 13

Next Week

  • Deadline: TFI Latin America Fund Nov 6
  • Deadline: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund Nov 6
  • Deadline: TFI New Media Fund Nov 6
  • Deadline: TAA Interactive Nov 6
  • 16th International Documentary Film Festival of La Rochelle Nov 8 – 13
  • Deadline: Submissions for Chicken & Egg Pictures 2017 Accelerator Lab Nov 9
  • Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) Nov 10 – 20
  • DOC NYC Nov 10 – 17

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