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June 14, 2007



Open Call and Filmmakers-in-Residence Programs

WGBH Lab's Open Call seeks big ideas for small screens, including cell phones, PDAs, and television broadcast. Selected applicants receive funding to complete their short films, input during the production process from professional media makers, and a place to showcase their work.

This year, the Lab invites filmmakers and other aspiring media makers to submit proposals for 3-minute videos expressing reflections on and/or responses to war. Possible entries might include a grandfather’s story from World War II, thoughts on the current war in Iraq, or other contemplations on how war impacts society. Finished work may be presented via broadcast and broadband in conjunction with Ken Burns’ PBS documentary miniseries The War, airing in September 2007.

The deadline for entries is June 21, 2007. Later this year, P.O.V. will curate a Lab Open Call to develop original short content. P.O.V.’s editorial team will work closely with WGBH Lab and filmmakers to create rich content that can be distributed on multiple platforms during P.O.V.’s 2008 season.

Filmmakers-in-Residence: WGBH invites filmmakers and innovators from related industries to work on their independently funded projects during a nine-month residency at WGBH. Selected participants will receive a stipend, working space, administrative support, editing equipment, editorial guidance, and access to WGBH staff to advance their projects.

The deadline for the next round of filmmakers-in-residence applications is August 4, 2007.

P.O.V. will host a visit of Filmmakers-in-Residence at their New York offices. Workshops on a variety of topics will be conducted on areas such as: communications, production, community engagement and interactive strategies. These sessions will be individually tailored to the needs and goals of each filmmaker.

Sandbox: The WGBH Lab Sandbox is an open content initiative that allows users gain access to use rights-cleared, WGBH-owned content to use for their own (non-commercial) purposes. The public is invited, but not required, to share the results of their work by posting a link to the site. Users can post comments on each other’s work. The WGBH Lab Sandbox will relaunch in July with a new and expanded collection of content.

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece Theatre, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, Arthur and more than a dozen other award-winning primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. Boston’s last remaining independent TV station, WGBH’s local TV productions (among them, Greater Boston, Basic Black and La Plaza), focus on the region’s diverse community, while WGBH 89.7 FM is Boston’s NPR Arts & Culture station, offering a rich menu of classical, jazz, blues, news programming and more. WGBH is the leading producer of online content for pbs.org—one of the most-visited dot-org sites on the Internet—a major producer for public radio and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. For its efforts, WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards.

Produced by American Documentary, Inc. and celebrating its 20th season on PBS in 2007, the award-winning P.O.V. series is the longest-running showcase on television to feature the work of America's best contemporary-issue independent filmmakers. Airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m., June through September, with primetime specials during the year, P.O.V. has brought more than 250 award-winning documentaries to millions nationwide, and now has a Webby Award-winning online series, P.O.V.'s Borders. Since 1988, P.O.V. has pioneered the art of presentation and outreach using independent nonfiction media to build new communities in conversation about today's most pressing social issues.

Posted by jo at June 14, 2007 10:45 AM