April 5, 2017 | POV’s list of essential reading for the documentary and independent filmmaking community.

20 Things to Know About the 20th Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is one of the Triangle’s premiere cultural events, but it can seem intimidating for anyone who just wants to check it out and see what’s up. Not so! For an international film festival, Full Frame is a remarkably friendly event, thoughtfully organized and staffed by a small army of helpful volunteers.
Read more | The News & Observer »

Sgt Pepper Is 50 – Watch an Exclusive Trailer for a New Documentary Here
It was, quite literally, 50 years ago today that Sgt Pepper taught the band to play. And now there’s a new documentary film celebrating the landmark event in popular music history.
Read more | The Guardian »

Omidyar Network Gives $100 Million to Boost Journalism and Fight Hate Speech
The philanthropy established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar will contribute $100 million to support investigative journalism, fight misinformation and counteract hate speech around the world.
Read more | The Washington Post »

100 Must-See Documentaries Streaming on Netflix This April
This month brings a kind of special event to Netflix with the release of the new documentary miniseries Five Came Back. Because it’s about the US propaganda work of Frank Capra, John Huston, John Ford, William Wyler, and George Stevens during World War II, the streaming service has added 13 of the films the program touches on, both shorts and features, including two of Capra’s Why We Fight series (why not all of them?)
Read more | Nonfics »

Filmmaker in Focus Series: Grand Jury Winners
Ever wonder how a filmmaker comes up with a story? Their motivation? Over the past several months SXSW has reached out to several filmmakers and asked questions about the stories behind the stories. With our Filmmaker in Focus blog series we will feature directors from our 2017 film festival lineup.
Read more | SXSW »

Upcoming Festivals and Deadlines

This Week

  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Apr 6 – 9
  • Deadline: Screen Australia Documentary Development Apr 7

Next Week

  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Apr 6 – 9
  • Deadline: Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Submissions Apr 15

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