One of the most exciting experiences I have had as a Filmmaker in Residence was taking a trip to POV in New York City. POV is produced by American Documentary and is PBS’ award-winning showcase for documentary films.
As part of the residency, Aron, and I had an opportunity to meet with the staff at POV and receive editorial feedback on our film as well as additional sessions on fundraising, marketing and distribution. We had sent our work sample for The Way We Get By in advance of our visit and everyone meeting with us watched it. They provided great feedback and advice on how to pursue additional funding. We then had meetings to discuss legal issues around documentary films, media training and a session on marketing your film and reaching your target audience. I have to say I think we were all so impressed with the professionalism of the entire staff. I think meetings, like this one, are so critical to independent filmmakers. I know that for so long we were doing it by ourselves. It was nice to get feedback from them and know that we are on the right track.
Now…back to editing….