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Screening Parties Can Be Small or Large;
All You Need Is a TV or Laptop + Friends/Family;
Enter for a chance to win a POV Party Pack of DVDs, Posters, Books, Snacks and Memorabilia.
Grand Prize: A Sony Digital Camera

Attention, documentary fans! POV (Point of View), American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, begins its 25th season on PBS on Thursday, June 21, 2012. POV is inviting viewers to join the celebration by hosting POV Premiere Parties — large or small — to watch and discuss the eye-opening new films with friends and family. POV’s regular 2012 season runs through Thursday, Oct. 25 and will conclude with a fall special (date to be announced).

You don’t need designer duds, a red carpet or throngs of paparazzi — and no one will be asking, “Who are you wearing?” Just gather as many people as you like at your home, school, community center or other location, watch any of POV’s 13 new documentary premieres on a television or laptop . . . and tell POV about your experience. Viewers may then enter a random drawing to win a POV Party Pack of autographed film posters, DVDs, books, sustainable food items and special film memorabilia. There will be two Party Pack winners for each POV broadcast and one grand prize winner selected from all entries received for all 13 POV broadcasts.

All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize, which will include a POV Party Pack plus a Sony a77 DSLR camera and lens. The Grand Prize winner will be announced in December 2012 on

Visit for official entry rules and our POV Premiere Party Guide, which includes checklists, discussion topics, links and resources.

How to enter:

  • POV’s new films have their national broadcast premieres on Thursdays at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Watch the broadcast together or watch the film online in its entirety starting the day following the broadcast at Host your party the night of the national premiere or during the first two weeks that the film is streaming online.
  • Visit the POV website for two weeks after each film’s Thursday night premiere (each contest ends at 5 p.m. ET two weeks after the national broadcast premiere) to tell POV about your experience and enter the promotion.*

How to get involved:

  • POV wants to know who attended, what you thought of the film and what you talked about. You may blog about your party and send POV a link. Take pictures of your party and upload them to POV’s Doc Party Flickr group. Tweet @povengage to tell POV what you discussed. Fan POV on Facebook and post a comment about your party.
  • Schools and community groups interested in hosting screenings and/or POV Premiere Parties around POV broadcasts may join the POV Community Network and request a film. Enter the contest by following the rules above.

POV Party Packs – What You’ll Get If You Win
Winners will receive a POV Party Pack that includes everything you need to host your next POV Premiere Party, plus special gifts for the documentary fan!

Food and Drink

  • Brooklyn Roasting Company: Bespoke Blend Coffee
  • Divine Chocolate: 70% Dark Chocolate, Raspberry and/or Mint Medallions
  • Newman’s Own Organics: Pop’s Corn Organic Microwave Popcorn


  • Center for Social Media: Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction by Patricia Aufderheide

DVDs and More

  • Arts Engine: Media That Matters 11 or Belief Matters DVD
  • Kartemquin Films: The Kartemquin Films Collection: The Early Years-Vol. 1, 2 or 3 DVD
  • StoryCorps: StoryCorps: Animated Shorts DVD
  • Signed DVDs or official posters from POV Season 25 films

POV 2012 Broadcast Dates
(All films premiere on Thursdays at 10 p.m. — check local listings — and begin streaming online the following day):

  • June 21My Reincarnation by Jennifer Fox
  • June 28Granito: How to Nail a Dictator by Peter Kinoy, Pamela Yates and Paco de Onís
  • July 5The City Dark by Ian Cheney
  • July 12Guilty Pleasures by Julie Moggan
  • July 19The Light in Her Eyes by Julia Meltzer and Laura Nix
  • July 26Up Heartbreak Hill by Erica Scharf
  • Aug. 9POV Short Cuts
  • Sept. 20I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful by Jonathan Demme
  • Sept. 27El Velador (The Night Watchman) by Natalia Almada
  • Oct. 4Give Up Tomorrow by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco
  • Oct. 18Sun Kissed by Maya Stark and Adi Lavy
  • Oct. 25Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzmán
  • Fall Special (date TBA)Reportero by Bernardo Ruiz

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Starts on 6/21/12 at 10:00:01 p.m. ET and ends on 12/5/12 at 4:59:59 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. who are at least 18 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. To enter and for official rules, visit

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and celebrating its 25th season on PBS in 2012, the award-winning POV series is the longest-running showcase on American television to feature the work of today’s best independent documentary filmmakers. Airing June through October with primetime specials during the year, POV has brought more than 325 acclaimed documentaries to millions nationwide and has a Webby Award-winning online series, POV’s Borders. Since 1988, POV has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today’s most pressing social issues. Visit

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the desJardins/Blachman Fund and public television viewers. Funding for POV’s Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television’s premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world’s boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.