PBS’s independent documentary series “POV (Point of View)” and The New York Times will join forces to present a new series of digital documentaries, along with accompanying articles and interviews, throughout 2014.
The collaboration begins with Dan Barry and Kassie Bracken’s half-hour documentary “The Men of Atalissa”on March 8. The film was produced by The New York Times, and will premiere simultaneously on the websties of POV and The New York Times. An article by Barry will be published on the Times website concurrently and in the Sunday print edition the following day, while POV will host a behind-the-scenes online interview with the journalists.
The film, which was produced by Bracken, Barry, and John Woo, tells the story of a few dozen intellectually disabled men who lived in an old schoolhouse on top of a hill. Known affectionately as “the boys,” men were an integral part of their Iowa farming community for over 30 years, and were seen frequenting the local bars, churches, and working at a nearby turkey-processing plant. But unbeknownst to their neighbors, the men endured daily abuse in the schoolhouse.
The two organizations have collaborated before, having held a public forum in 2011 with Daniel Ellsberg following a screening of “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” Other screenings have included “Reportero,” “The Light In Her Eyes,” and “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front.”