January 13, 2017 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Score New Ken Burns Doc, Share Clip: Watch
Trent Reznor and newly official Nine Inch Nails bandmate Atticus Ross are scoring a new Ken Burns’ documentary about the Vietnam War, The New York Times reports. The 10-part, 18-hour documentary (called The Vietnam War) premieres in September on PBS. It is set to include over two hours of new original music from the duo, as well as reworked versions of NIN songs and music from their The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo scores.
Read more | Pitchfork »

Sundance 2017: 13 Talents Poised to Break Out At This Year’s Festival
The Sundance Film Festival has long been a proving ground for brand new talents and stars-in-the-making looking to catapult their career into the big leagues, and this year’s edition of the lauded fest looks to be no different. From actors to filmmakers, we’ve targeted a batch of up-and-coming talents who are set to make it big at this year’s festival. There may be a familiar face or two among their ranks, but we’re betting that, post-Sundance, they’re going to be just about everywhere from now on.
Read more | IndieWire »

‘O.J.: Made in America’: A Documentary Movie or a Mini-Series?
Whether it is a movie or a mini-series is in the eye of the beholder. Google thinks it’s a mini-series. Rotten Tomatoes lists it as a movie and a mini-series. (The film boasts 100 percent positive reviews for each.) The New York Times reviewed it as a movie. The Los Angeles Times reviewed it as both. Seth Meyers, introducing Mr. Edelman at the National Board of Review, said for sure it was a movie. [Editor’s note: Doc Soup’s Tom Roston wrote about the categorization of ‘O.J.’ in December.]
Read more | New York Times »

Doc Star of the Month: Michelle Smith, ‘Best and Most Beautiful Things’
Twenty-something Michelle Smith is a proud, kinky nerd from Bangor, Maine – and an unabashed fan of both anime and the BDSM scene. She’s also legally blind, with Asperger’s Syndrome. And since seeing her featured in Garrett Zevgetis’s poetic, SXSW-premiering documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things (the title a reference to a Helen Keller quote), which follows Michelle on her coming-of-age journey, she’s become my hero of 2016.
Read more | Documentary Magazine »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines

This Week

  • Deadline: Screen Australia’s Documentary Development Funding Jan 13

Next Week

  • Deadline: Edinburgh International Film Festival Submissions Jan 18
  • Sundance Film Festival Jan 19 – 29
  • Premiers Plans – Angers Film Festival Jan 20 – 29

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