PBS documentary strand ‘POV’ has partnered with short-form digital content creator NowThis to produce two doc shorts for distribution across Snaptchat Discover.
The Snapchat Films series will launch on Oct. 23 with Lizzie Jacobs’ We’ll Still Be Here, a film about dominoes players keeping their game alive while a neighborhood changes around them. Terence Nance and Chanelle Aponte Pearson’s The Way It Should Be, a story of love and friendship as lived by queer women of color,will premiere one week later on Oct. 30.
The Snapchat-native documentaries will be made available for viewing across the NowThis channel in Snapchat’s Discover section over a 24-hour period.
The POV Snapchat Films series received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and PBS for the two films.
“Robust social media platforms like Snapchat offer an exciting means to tell new kinds of stories and engage a new audience,” said POV digital executive producer Adnaan Wasey. “We’re excited to not only be able to show the filmmaking community what’s possible, but also to do it alongside teams of ambitious independent filmmakers with a history of breaking new ground.”
“We are so thrilled to showcase these short films to our audience in a new and innovative way,” said Sarah Frank, editor of NowThis. “Providing young storytellers a direct path to an audience is something that emerging platforms like Snapchat can uniquely do, and we are proud to feature these alongside NowThis stories.”