November 16, 2016 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Sundance Wish List: 53 Films We Hope Will Head to Park City in 2017
For many filmmakers, this Thanksgiving is poised to be a very happy one indeed, as Sundance typically rolls out its first programming announcements late in November, just in time to make the holiday cut. Ahead of those announcements, we’re pleased to take part in our own annual tradition: Offering up 53 films as a Sundance wish list, a bustling collection of films that might reasonably make the cut and/or we hope will make it to Park City.
Read more | IndieWire »

Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox Talk Transgender Equality in ‘The Trans List’ Preview
Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox are just two of the many famous faces lending their perspective on life as transgender people to HBO’s upcoming documentary The Trans List, the first trailer for which was released Tuesday afternoon.
Read more | EW »

A Message From The IDA
At the moment there is a lot of uncertainty about what this election and incoming administration will mean for many of the values we hold dear and the issues we care most deeply about. But it is absolutely certain that the work of independent documentary makers is more important now than ever. And we know that makes our work supporting this community more important than ever.
Read more | IDA »

Watch ‘808’ Documentary Trailer With Rick Rubin, Questlove, Pharrell
808 is a documentary directed by Alex Dunn that tells the story of the massively influential Roland TR-808 drum machine. It’s made the rounds at film festivals, and on December 9, the film becomes available to stream on Apple Music.
Read more | Pitchfork »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines
This Week

  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Nov 16 – 27
  • Deadline: SXSW Virtual Cinema Nov 17
  • IDFA DocLab Industry Nov 19 – 22

Next Week

  • IDFA DocLab Industry Nov 19 – 22
  • IDFA FORUM Nov 21 – 23
  • Deadline: Tribeca Film Festival Entries Nov 23
  • Deadline: CPH Forum Nov 25
  • Porto/Post/Doc Nov 26 – Dec 4
  • Festival Dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival Nov 25 – Dec 2

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