POV Launches Interactive Documentary Shorts Program, September 2014


POV, American television’s longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films, has launched a series of interactive shorts over at pbs.org/pov/digital that includes the Living Los Sures project 89 Steps.  Delving into topics about contemporary social issues, these six web-native documentaries allow audiences to engage with documentaries on a deeper level using new technologies and new paradigms in storytelling. 

Four of the six projects — 89 Steps: A Chapter of Living Los Sures http://saturn-1205024635.eu-west-1.elb.amazonaws.com/?p=1325EmpireFukushima: The Eternal Season; and Whiteness Project: Inside the White Caucasian Box—were created by alumni of POV Hackathon, POV’s weekend laboratory series that since 2012 has provided matchmaking and mentorship for inventive nonfiction media makers and technologists. In addition to premiering the projects online, POV will also present three of the projects at the New York Film Festival’s Convergence program (Sept. 27-28, 2014), a premier showcase for new storytelling that also features the restoration of Los Sures and a presentation of the expansive documentary Living Los Sures by UnionDocs.


Project Details:

+ 89 Steps: Audiences will experience Marta Avilés’ Brooklyn neighborhood and climb the 89 steps to her apartment as she walks them through her 30-year story, a personal account of a rapidly gentrifying community.

+ Whiteness Project: Inside the White Caucasian Box: Award-winning director Whitney Dow investigates ethnicity and what it means to be white through candid perspectives on the polarizing subject of race in America.

+ Fukushima: The Eternal Season:  Cheap Photographer Jake Price’s exploration of post-nuclear disaster Japan weaves together art, artifacts and data to highlight the resilience of one survivor who has remained in Fukushima.

+ Empire: A global examination of the unintended consequences of Dutch colonialism pushes the boundary of what’s possible online with web video that flips, spins, fragments and reconnects stories.

+ Buy sale glucovance Immigrant Nation: America’s story is the story of its people, of its immigrants, now told in a new crowdsourced platform from Student Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker Theo Rigby.

+ The Most Northern Place: In Greenland, a community is uprooted, but this interactive documentary asks viewers to look into the sights and sounds of the town and then ask themselves what happened.



You can currently view Empire, Fukishima: The Eternal Season, Immigrant Nation and The Most Northern Place how much metoclopramide can i take with 89 Steps and Whiteness Project: Inside the White Caucasian Box forthcoming.