POV and America ReFramed Filmmakers announced for 2022 Wyncote Fellows at PBS Annual Meeting
Eighteen filmmakers nominated by PBS Indies partners POV, ITVS, Firelight Media, Reel South, and America ReFramed on WORLD Channel
Fifth annual cohort builds bridges between independent filmmakers and public media leaders, with support from Wyncote Foundation
New York, N.Y. — June 1, 2022 — American Documentary, Inc., the nonprofit organization behind the award-winning series ‘POV’ and ‘America ReFramed,’ hosted the fifth annual Wyncote Fellowship program this May leading up to the virtual 2022 PBS Annual Meeting.
Administered by American Documentary, the Wyncote Fellowship is a collaboration between PBS Indies partners with filmmakers nominated by POV, Firelight Media, ITVS, Reel South, America ReFramed, WORLD Channel, and the National Multicultural Alliance. Made possible with support from Wyncote Foundation, the program helps independent filmmakers better understand the public media landscape through one-on-one meetings and curated events.
“Wyncote Foundation has been proud to support this fellowship initiative since its inception in 2017,” said David Haas, vice-chair. “We’re truly heartened to see the growing engagement between independent producers and PBS station leadership, in service to public media’s mission to bring diverse voices to local communities and national audiences.”
Wyncote Fellows participated in small group sessions, station networking, and a panel discussion with PBS VP of Programming and Operations Adaora Udoji, and PBS Senior Director, Programming Development Wendy Llinas and who offered a behind-the-scenes look at their work with programming and PBS digital studios. The program was also featured as part of the official PBS Annual Meeting as part of a breakout session: “Meet the Filmmakers: Wyncote Fellows and the Future of Public Media.” Several fellows have upcoming programs on POV and America ReFramed, including Ann Kaneko, Kevin Shaw, Reid Davenport, Naim Naif, Margaret Bowman, Josh Chuck, and Harry Chuck.
Read the full list of filmmakers and their bios below:
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Produced by American Documentary, POV is the longest-running independent documentary showcase on American television. Since 1988, POV has presented films on PBS that capture the full spectrum of the human experience, with a long commitment to centering women and people of color in front of, and behind, the camera. The series is known for introducing generations of viewers to groundbreaking works like Tongues Untied, American Promise, and Minding The Gap and innovative filmmakers including Jonathan Demme, Laura Poitras, and Nanfu Wang. In 2018, POV Shorts launched as one of the first PBS series dedicated to bold and timely short-form documentaries. All POV programs are available for streaming concurrently with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, available on iOS, Android, and Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO. For more information about PBS Passport, visit the PBS Passport FAQ website. Wyncote
POV goes “beyond the broadcast” to bring powerful nonfiction storytelling to viewers wherever they are. Free educational resources accompany every film and a community network of thousands of partners nationwide works with POV to spark dialogue around today’s most pressing issues. POV continues to explore the future of documentary through innovative productions with partners such as The New York Times and The National Film Board of Canada and on platforms including Snapchat and Instagram. Wyncote
POV films and projects have won 45 Emmy Awards, 26 George Foster Peabody Awards, 15 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, three Academy Awards, and the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award. Learn more at pbs.org/pov and follow @povdocs on social media Wyncote
America ReFramed (amdoc.org/americareframed)
Exploring myriad perspectives, America ReFramed curates contemporary nonfiction films highlighting the changing contours of an ever-evolving America.
Through diverse voices from across the nation, the series presents an array of experiences through which we contemplate our past, understand our present, and reimagine America’s future. Wyncote
America ReFramed is co-produced with WORLD Channel and broadcast nationally every Tuesday night at 8/7 Central. Wyncote
American Documentary (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. Wyncote
Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, the Open Society Foundations, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Park Foundation, and Perspective Fund. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Sage Foundation, Chris and Nancy Plaut, 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.