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“Quest” to launch ‘POV’ season

This June, PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV’ kicks off its 31st season with Quest. Although considered part of the ‘POV’ season, special Bill Nye: Science Guy will air before the official opener, with a ...
April 12, 2018

This June, PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV’ kicks off its 31st season with Quest.

Although considered part of the ‘POV’ season, special Bill Nye: Science Guy will air before the official opener, with a spring “pop-out” airdate on April 18, in a tie-in with Earth Day.

Quest profiles eight years in the life of Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a “Ma Quest,” premiering on June 18. The pair invites several members of the local hip-hop music community into their basement home studio, while also raising their family. Directed by Jonathan Olshefski, the doc is a coproduction of ITVS and American Documentary.

Other docs on the season’s line-up include Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory, on July 2, which explores the week-long National Pyrotechnic Festival in a small town outside Mexico City; and the Magnolia Films’ recently acquired doc Whose Streets? Airing on July 30, the Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis-directed film looks at the Ferguson, Missouri uprising that was a response to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown by a police officer.

IDFA Special Jury Award-winning Still Tomorrow is also on the ‘POV’ slate, airing August 6. The doc examines the sudden fame of Yu Xiuhua, whose book of poetry went to the best-sellers list in China, as well as her life marked with cerebral palsy.

Dark Money, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, is a political thriller about how U.S. elections are bought and sold and airs fall 2018.

To see the entire line-up, visit the PBS website.

About The Author
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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