American Documentary, the New York-based parent organization of PBS documentary strand ‘POV’, has added Opal H. Bennett as the series’ newest co-producer.
Bennett (pictured) currently serves as the producer of ‘POV Shorts,’ the pubcaster’s short-form non-fiction film series. ‘POV Shorts’ is kicking off its fourth season, having won Best Short Form Series at the recent 36th Annual IDA Awards.
Bennett will continue to work on ‘POV Shorts,’ adding new responsibilities on the flagship series to her remit.
Prior to ‘POV,’ Bennett most recently served as director of filmmaker development and shorts programmer for DOC NYC, as well as senior programmer at Athena Film Festival. She’s also held roles on the programming teams at Nantucket, Aspen ShortsFest and Montclair Film Festival and served on numerous festival juries, including SXSW.
She joins current POV co-producer Nicole Tsien, associate producer Sophie Harari, production coordinator Nicky Cook, executive producer Chris White, and outgoing executive producer Justine Nagan on the ‘POV’ features production team.
“Opal is a bright leader in the independent documentary community, and brings a creative and collaborative curatorial voice to her work at AmDoc/POV,” Nagan, ‘POV’ executive producer/American Documentary executive director, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to expand her role with ‘POV’ and excited to see where the team takes the series in its next chapter.”