The deadline for P.O.V.’s call for entries is nearly coming to a close, but Cynthia Lopez, vice president at American Documentary/P.O.V. gave realscreen some last minute tips for producers, as well as a preview of POV’s 2010 summer slate.
On June 30, time will be up for producers who want to submit their films for the 2011 slate of P.O.V. documentary films. Lopez says that besides the criteria for submitting, which can be found at www.pbs.org/pov, there are some quick tips one should know. For starters, when it comes to the reels that producers send to P.O.V., be very clear what the material is, whether it’s a rough cut, completed film or scene selections.
‘In terms of your description of the film, I think it’s really important for you to let us know why this documentary should be considered for P.O.V.,’ she says. ‘Describe your production and audience goals clearly. What do you hope to accomplish with this film?’
She says P.O.V. looks at the motivation, the actual work and how it fits into the strand’s curatorial vision. ‘We don’t just air films that are about a social issue. We air films that are a slice of life, that describe a particular community and that resonate with society and touch universal themes,’ she offers.
Once that deadline is up, filmmakers can get involved with P.O.V. throughout the year at festivals like Silverdocs and at markets. They also host community screenings, with something like 290 screenings across the county. ‘We encourage you to come to a P.O.V. screening,’ Lopez says.
The 2010 season of P.O.V. kicked off on PBS on June 22 with William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, a film about the prominent Civil Rights attorney, shown through the eyes of his two daughters.
POV will have an adoption stories series in August, and will air Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy (currently screening at Silverdocs), In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee and Off and Running. Lopez says they’re working with a number of organizations to create a national public awareness campaign about adoption this year. ‘The film’s broadcast will be a springboard for the work we’re doing around National Adoption Month in November,’ she says.
P.O.V. will end the season with The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, a special broadcast presentation on October 5 at 9 p.m.