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PBS ‘POV’ picks up Oscar-nominated “4.1 Miles”

American pubcaster PBS has acquired the broadcast rights to Daphne Matziaraki‘s Academy Award-nominated documentary short 4.1 Miles ahead of the 30th season premiere of its documentary strand ‘POV’. Produced as part of The ...
February 17, 2017

American pubcaster PBS has acquired the broadcast rights to Daphne Matziaraki‘s Academy Award-nominated documentary short 4.1 Miles ahead of the 30th season premiere of its documentary strand ‘POV’.

Produced as part of The New York Times’ Op-Doc series, the 21-minute short documents the efforts of local coast guard officers to save hundreds of migrants from drowning off the coast of Lesbos, Greece. The quaint and quiet island town off of the Mediterranean has now seen its docks, once lined with restaurants, become makeshift first response centers.

The doc has previously been feted with the IDA David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award and the Documentary Gold Medal in the 2016 Student Academy Awards.

The film joins Joe’s Violin as one of two Oscar-nominated films in the Best Documentary (Short Subject) category to debut across ‘POV’s 30th season this spring.

Kathleen Lingo serves as executive producer on the film, alongside Justine Nagan and Christopher White for ‘POV’.  Orlando Bagwell was consulting producer.

“This heartwrenching film shows us the humanity on both sides of a refugee crisis that is spinning out of control,” said ‘POV’ exec producer Chris White in a statement. “In a time when victims are painted as criminals, it cries urgently for us to find better solutions to this worldwide tragedy. Stories about those stuck in the middle should be required viewing. It’s the only way forward.”

“It’s an incredible honor to have the opportunity to work with POV around the national television broadcast of 4.1 Miles,” said Matziaraki. “To know that my first film will reach millions of Americans, including policy makers across the nation, through POV and the PBS system is a dream come true.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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