PBS’s documentary strand ‘POV’ has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to Sundance favorite documentaries 306 Hollywood and Minding the Gap.
306 Hollywood (pictured) follows brother and sister directing team Elan and Jonathan Bogarín as they undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother’s house. The pair embarks on a journey from her home in New Jersey to ancient Rome, from fashion to physics, in search of what life remains in the objects we leave behind.
The 88-minute magical-realist documentary, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, will release theatrically in September 2018 in collaboration with the Sundance Institute, while Amazon has acquired the film’s streaming rights. 306 Hollywood won the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs ’18 and the Grand Jury Prize at the Kansas City Film Festival.
Bing Liu’s coming-of-age saga Minding the Gap, meanwhile, documents the lives of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown hit hard by decades of recession. The film was the winner of a Special Jury Prize at Sundance ’18, where it premiered, the Audience Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and, most recently, the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest.
Last week, online subscription streaming service Hulu unveiled that it had acquired the streaming rights to Liu’s award-winning directorial debut for an August 2018 theatrical and streaming release.
Both films will air on PBS and stream online in early 2019 as part of ‘POV’s 31st season, which began airing Monday (June 18).
These 2019 films build on ‘POV’s recent announcements regarding the acquisition of On Her Shoulders and The Silence of Others.
“The films we are planning to finish out our 31st season with are powerful examples of how documentary can reexamine and reanimate lives past and present,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer/executive director of POV/American Documentary, in a statement. “In 306 Hollywood, the Bogaríns blur the line between nonfiction and narrative film, vividly bringing back to life their late grandmother in the process. Bing’s debut feature is a moving account of that familiar leap into adulthood, with unique insights into race, gender and violence.”