March 8, 2017 | POV’s list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Three Genre-Expanding Documentaries About Racist Crimes of the Past
I saw a dozen films at True/False (which ran from March 2nd through the 5th), and the best of them thrillingly blend observation and analysis, investigation and reflection; they uncover deep and decisive links between first-person experience and the wider contexts of politics, power, and history, while considering the ethical, aesthetic, and political implications of their own relationships with their participants and their subject matters.
Read more | New Yorker »

BBC Apologises for Misleading Documentary on ‘Drunken’ Aboriginal Community
The BBC has apologised for a “misleading” documentary on an Aboriginal community in regional Australia, after angry residents accused presenter Reggie Yates and the crew of unethical behaviour. Yates and the independent production company, Sundog Pictures, spent some time in the New South Wales town of Wilcannia, filming the documentary Hidden Australia: Black in the Outback.
Read more | Guardian »

Matt Damon to Narrate Boston Marathon Documentary
The film premieres on April 15 in Boston, two days before the annual marathon commences. Boston will then receive a one-night theatrical premiere on April 19 through Fathom Events. “Matt is the ideal narrator for this outstanding documentary about the Boston Marathon,” said executive producer Frank Marshall, who ran the race in 1980. “We are delighted to have him join the production.”
Read more | Variety »

SXSW 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival
From SXSW regulars like Bob Byington and Joe Swanberg to rising stars like Nanfu Wang and Laura Terruso to marquee names like Terrence Malick and Edgar Wright — and just about everything in between — this year’s SXSW Film Festival is offering up its most robust slate yet. We’ve picked out a baker’s dozen of worthy new features to add to your SXSW schedule.
Read more | IndieWire »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines

This Week

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Mar 3 – 12
  • CAAMFest Mar 9 – 19
  • SXSW Film Festival Mar 10 – 18

Next Week

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Mar 3 – 12
  • CAAMFest Mar 9 – 19
  • SXSW Film Festival Mar 10 – 18
  • Deadline: IDFAcademy Summer School Mar 15
  • CPH:DOX Mar 16 – 26

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