The 30th season of POV, American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, will be showcasing two NYWIFT supported films, Joe’s Violin (which was fiscally sponsored through NYWIFT) and Swim Team (Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant winner). This season is focused on presenting powerful stories from the unseen and unheard, and from seemingly distant and disparate communities. The season begins Monday, June 26, 2017 at 9 PM. (check local listings) on PBS with streaming at pov.org and continues with broadcast premieres airing on Mondays at 10 PM. through Fall 2017, with primetime specials airing in 2018.
In the Oscar®-nominated Joe’s Violin by Kahane Cooperman, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez, proving that the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times, and that a small act can have a significant impact. Nominated, 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. It will run July 24, 2017 (premieres with Shalom Italia). See more information.
In Swim Team by Lara Stolman, parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. The film chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. It will be run during Fall 2017. See more information.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Apr. 17, 2017