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POV to Broadcast Sundance Favorites 306 HOLLYWOOD and MINDING THE GAP for 31st Season

POV to Broadcast Sundance Favorites 306 HOLLYWOOD and MINDING THE GAP for 31st Season

POV recently acquired the U.S. broadcast rights for306 Hollywood by Elan and Jonathan Bogarín. The film will join POV's early 2019 schedule with AmDoc/POV Co-production Minding the Gap by Bing Liu, which announced last week a Hulu Originals acquisition for an August 2018 theatrical and streaming release. These 2019 films build on POV's recent announcements regarding the acquisition of On Her Shoulders and The Silence of Others.

306 Hollywood, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is a magical realist documentary of two siblings who undertake an archaeological excavation of their late grandmother's house. They embark 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. 306 Hollywood won the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs and the Grand Jury Prize at the Kansas City Film Festival. The film will release theatrically in September 2018 in collaboration with the Sundance Institute, while Amazon has acquired the film's streaming rights.

Minding the Gap is a coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown. There, Bing Liu explores various heady subjects, from masculinity to racial identity to domestic abuse and the transition to adulthood. Minding the Gap was the winner of a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered, the Audience Award at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the 2018 Sheffield Doc/Fest, among over 25 festival distinctions. The film is a co-production of Kartemquin Films, American Documentary | POV and Independent Television Service (ITVS).

"POV has a long history of releasing innovative non-fiction films and we are truly honored to be a part of this tradition," said 306 Hollywood directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarín. "We hope that together we can continue to push the boundaries of the documentary form."

"A couple years ago, POV was the first organization to put financial backing into Minding the Gap when they came on as co-producers," Minding the Gap director Bing Liu added. "The film literally wouldn't have been made without them (or at least would've taken even longer to finish). It's an honor to be one of the films chosen to close out the season in 2019."

"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 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."

The 31st season of POV begins Monday, June 18, 2018 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on PBS television and pov.org with the Sundance film QUEST. Including critical standouts like Dark Money, The War to Be Her and Nowhere to Hide, the slate of filmswill feature empowering stories about the strength of art and activism. All films will stream concurrently with broadcast on pov.org and on streaming devices.

The 306 Hollywood deal was negotiated by Justine Nagan and Chris White on behalf of POV with support from Aaron Goldberg of Holland & Knight, LLP, and Endeavor Content on behalf of 306 Hollywood.

Explore POV's Season 31 schedule including more about the newest acquired films:

306 Hollywood

Minding the Gap

Produced by American Documentary, Inc., POV is public television's premier showcase for nonfiction films. Since 1988, POV has been the home for the world's boldest contemporary filmmakers, celebrating intriguing personal stories that spark conversation and inspire action. Always an innovator, POV discovers fresh new voices and creates interactive experiences that shine a light on social issues and elevate the art of storytelling. With our documentary broadcasts, original online programming and dynamic community engagement campaigns, we are committed to supporting films that capture the imagination and present diverse perspectives.

POV films have won 37 Emmy® Awards, 21 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards®, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. The POV series has been honored with a Special News & Documentary Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking, three IDA Awards for Best Curated Series and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers Award for CORPORATE Commitment to Diversity. Learn more at www.pbs.org/pov/ and follow @povdocs on Twitter.

POV Engage (www.pbs.org/pov/engage/)

POV's Community Engagement and Education team works with educators, community organizations and PBS stations to present more than 800 free screenings every year. In addition, we distribute free discussion guides and standards-aligned lesson plans for each of our films. With our community partners, we inspire dialogue around the most important social issues of our time.

POV Spark (www.pbs.org/pov/)

Since 1994, POV Digital has driven new storytelling initiatives and interactive production for POV. The department has continually experimented with web-based documentaries, producing PBS' first program website and the first Snapchat-native documentary. It has won major awards for its work, including a Webby Award and over 19 nominations. Now with a singular focus on incubating and distributing interactive productions, POV Spark continues to explore the future of independent nonfiction media through its co-productions, acquisitions and the POV Labs, where media MAKERS and technologists collaborate to reinvent storytelling forms.

AMERICA REFRAMED (www.americareframed.com)

Co-produced by American Documentary, Inc. and WORLD Channel, AMERICA REFRAMED brings to national audiences compelling stories that illuminate the changing contours of an ever-evolving America. The independent documentary series presents an array of personal voices and experiences through which we can learn from our pat, understand our present and are challenged to seek new frameworks for America's future.

American Documentary, Inc. (www.amdoc.org)

American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc is a catalyst for public culture, developing collaborative strategic engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. These activities are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback to educational opportunities and community participation.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyncote Foundation. Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Open Society Foundations, New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.


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