February 1, 2017 | POV’s daily list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

SXSW 2017 Film Festival Lineup Announced
With the Sundance Film Festival now in the review mirror, it’’s time for moviegoers to set their sights on Austin and the annual South by Southwest Festival (a.k.a. SXSW). The lineup for this year’s slate of films was announced on Tuesday and includes titles like Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the Brie Larson-starring action-comedy Free Fire, and recent Sundance breakout The Big Sick.
Read more | EW »

Female Filmmakers Express Concern Over Donald Trump’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Picks
A new report over on Deadline casts a troubling light on yet another corner of the Donald Trump administration. Back in the fall of 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began interviewing a wide variety of female film and television directors about their experience in the industry in service to an investigation into Hollywood and its potentially discriminatory hiring practices. It was a heralded move — one encouraged by the ACLU and other organizations — and one widely recognized as a major step forward in cracking open the machinations of the industry’s so-called boys’ club. But now, female filmmakers and their supporters are worried that Trump’s new picks for the EEOC might derail the ongoing investigation.
Read more | IndieWire »

Sundance: Medical Mystery Doc ‘Unrest’ Nabbed by PBS (Exclusive)
The medical mystery documentary Unrest has been solved by PBS. The network has acquired U.S. broadcast rights for its Emmy Award-winning series Independent Lens. The series will broadcast the film during the first quarter of 2018, following a national theatrical release.
Read more | Hollywood Reporter »

David Byrne’s Contemporary Color Documentary Looks Like Beautiful, Jubilant Fun
Here’s something very nice for the sake of art and beauty: the trailer for David Byrne’s forthcoming documentary, Contemporary Color. In 2015, Byrne put on a spectacular live performance that paired 10 color guards from around the country with performers like Nelly Furtado, Dev Hynes and How To Dress Well in a live event that looked like your high school homecoming pep rally on mushrooms.
Read more | Jezebel »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines

This Week

  • Deadline: AFI DOCS Film Festival Submissions Feb 3
  • Deadline: 2017 Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant Feb 3

Next Week

  • Deadline: Sheffield Doc/Fest Submissions Feb 7
  • Berlinale Feb 9 – 19
  • Deadline: ITVS Open Call Feb 10
  • Deadline: Sundance Institute Documentary Creative Producing Lab Feb 10
  • Deadline: Telluride Mountainfilm Festival submissions Feb 10

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