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Colin Powers reflects on PBS programming for the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, & Quebec, public broadcasting, and the future of media distribution.

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Entries Tagged as 'Documentary'

Sundance Award winning Documantary “If a Tree Falls” – watch now on PBS

September 19th, 2011 · No Comments · Digital Television, Documentary, Filmmaking, PBS, Public Affairs

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Watch the full episode. See more POV. If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front explores two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the [...]

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Joe Berlinger’s case yields preliminary “wins” for both sides

July 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Future of public media, Journalism, News, Public Affairs, Public Media

Both sides have claimed early victories in the case of documentarian Joe Berlinger vs. Chevron over access to the raw footage he shot for his expose “Crude” on Amazonian oil exploitation. I’ve blogged about the case and the filmmaking community reaction here. On Thursday, the appeals judge ruled that Berlinger must turn over Crude footage [...]

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CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy Take 1 – Gaming a social issue Doc

May 23rd, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Filmmaking, Multi-media, PBS, Public Media

I’m thrilled to have been selected to attend the 25 person “CPB/PBS Producer’s Academy” at WGBH in Boston in late June. As students we have already been assigned quite a bit of homework and have learned who are classmates are. A very accomplished lot! Here is a short video about the most recent work of [...]

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Lobby group wants to make docs a priority for Public Television

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Filmmaking, Future of public media, Multi-media, PBS

This group is looking worldwide, but I wonder how PBS might respond to this group’s plea. Lobby group wants to make docs a priority for PSBs by Kelly Anderson At the recent Hot Docs festival, MercuryMedia CEO Tim Sparke took the opportunity to announce the launch of the Documentary Distributors’ Association, a group that aims [...]

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Judge Rules That Filmmaker Must Give Footage to Chevron

May 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Journalism, Multi-media, Public Affairs, Public Media

This ruling represents a shocking setback for investigative documentary journalism. The IDA and filmmaker Patrick Creadon (I.O.U.S.A., Wordplay) are circulating an open letter to show suport for freedom of the press. More info to come in this space about how to sign on to the letter. Juan Diego Pérez/Entendre Films An Ecuadorean cancer victim’s reflection [...]

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Pitch Perfect at the Toronto Documentary Forum

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Filmmaking

Dispatch from Toronto | Hot Docs ’10: Pitch Perfect at the Toronto Documentary Forum by Basil Tsiokos (May 7, 2010) The scene at the Toronto Documentary Forum. Photo courtesy of Hot Docs/Joseph Michael. Hundreds of broadcasters, funders, filmmakers, and other observers convened this Wednesday and Thursday morning for the Toronto Documentary Forum, North America’s largest [...]

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Secrets of the Dead: Japanese Super Sub Tomorrow Night on Mountain Lake PBS

May 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Filmmaking, History, PBS

The Japanese I-400 Class Submarine was an underwater aircraft carrier — a top-secret weapon so potent that it very nearly changed the course of the war. JAPANESE SUPER SUB answers many questions that still surround this unusual weapon: How did the Japanese create this technological marvel? How dangerous was it? Could it really have changed [...]

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Tribeca Film Fest takes its movies to Video on Demand

April 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Filmmaking, Multi-media

Tribeca looks to expand notion of film festival By JAKE COYLE (AP) – 6 days ago NEW YORK — When British director Mat Whitecross was growing up in Oxford, only so many movies screened in his local cinema — and not the intriguing movies he read about playing at film festivals or elsewhere. Whitecross estimates [...]

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Notes on Milk | POV | PBS Video

April 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Educational Programming, PBS

via For anyone who missed the broadcast premiere of Food, Inc. last night on Mountain Lake PBS… here’s a less known short film from POV that aired immediately afterward. A lyrical 20 minute piece with a little known story that affects us all.

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Excercising (or was that exorcising?) my old school brain at DIY Days

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Documentary, Multi-media, Resources

The Workbook Project, Lance Weiler’s “open source” media collaboration platform pulled off its third outstanding DIY days event in NYC over the weekend. I’ll be posting some great links, thoughts and feedback this week on what I’ve learned, but here’s one for today: a spinoff of the WB project has developed this award-winning 3 minute [...]

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