NY Times and PBS’ POV Launch New Digital Documentary Initiative

/ Mar 12, 2014

PBS

PBS’ award-winning independent documentary series POV (Point-of-View) is collaborating with The New York Times on a new initiative for 2014 through which both outlets will release digital documentaries online, accompanied by additional editorial and video content.

The first film from this initiative, the half-hour-long “The Men of Atalissa” by Dan Barry and Kassie Bracken, was released last weekend on PBS.org and NYTimes.com. As an example of how this initiative works, the film was available on both organization’s websites, with an additional article written by Barry publishing on NYTimes.com as well as in the Sunday paper. POV hosted a behind-the-scenes interview with Barry and Bracken.

“The Men of Atalissa,” produced by Bracken, Barry, and John Woo, tells the difficult story of a few dozen intellectually-disabled men who lived in and were abused in an old school-house on top of a hill. A regular part of the local culture of an Iowa farming community, it came as a shock to the townspeople when they discovered the day-to-day abuse the men endured.

“Documentaries and journalism are natural allies, and our collaboration with The New York Times represents the best of both worlds,” said Cynthia Lopez, co-executive producer of POV, in a statement. “Americans are hungry for in-depth information. With this initiative, non-fiction filmmakers will join forces with the newsroom’s top journalists to inform and engage the public about critical social issues.”

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