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LatinoBuzz: PBS Documentary Series POV touring Cuba April 5-14

LatinoBuzz: PBS Documentary Series POV touring Cuba April 5-14

For the third year

in a row, a U.S. documentary program will tour Cuba. Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias 3, which takes place April 5-14 2014 will bring Simon Kilmurry, Executive

Producer of

PBS’s award-­‐winning P.O.V. (Point

of View) television series,

to Cuba. He will do a presentation about several of the Latino films that have aired on P.O.V and screen the new POV film Getting Back to Abnormal. Alexandra Halkin, Director

of the Americas Media Initiative (AMI),

a non-­‐profit

that works

with Cuban

filmmakers, organized

the tour. the Cuban organizational providing the logistical

support is

the Young

Directors Film

Festival (Muestra

Joven),based in Havana. The tour will begin with a presentation by Mr.

Kilmurry at

the Young

Directors Festival

and then Ms. Halkin and

Mr. Kilmurry

will travel to the Isle of Youth and Pinar del

Rio, where

they will

screen
Getting Back to Abnormal and engage

in Q&A

sessions with

Cubanaudiences.

Back in the spring of 2012

AMI launched its pioneering Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias U.S. Documentary tour with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and was the first time that the MoMA did an official program in Cuba. Since then, the Closing Distances tours have screened six U.S. documentaries and engaged with Cuban audiences in Cienfuegos,

Camaguey, Holguin, Bayamo,

Guantanamo,

Baracoa,

the

Sierra

Maestra

Mountains

and

Havana.

Interviews

and portions

of the

presentations have

been broadcast on Cuban National Television, reaching millions of Cubans throughout the island. AMI is the only U.S. organization that Cuba has allowed to screen U.S. documentaries in the Cuban provinces. 

Produced

by

American

Documentary,

Inc.

and

beginning

its

27th

season

on

PBS

in

2014,

P.O.V

is

the

longest-­‐running

independent documentary

showcase on American television screening films from around the world. P.O.V has presented more than 365 films to date. P.O.V. films have won every major film and broadcasting award, including 32 Emmys, 15 Peabody Awards,

12 Alfred

I. duPont-­‐Columbia

University Awards,

three Academy

Awards®, the

Prix Italia

and the National Association

of Latino

Independent Producers

Commitment to

Diversity Award.

P.O.V. has

pioneered the art of outreach, using nonfiction

media to

build new

communities in

conversation about

today’s most pressing social issues.

Closing

Distances/Cerrando Distancias

3will screen Getting Back to Abnorma directed

by Louis

Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Paul

Stekler, and

Peter Odabashian.

New Orleans

is the setting for the film, which serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman

in a

city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported

by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara

Lacen-­‐ Keller, Head

polarizes the city. Featuring

a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. the film was an Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival and is a co-production of ITVS. It will broadcast on POV on July 14, 2014.

Simon Kilmurry

oversees

all

of

P.O.V.

programs, including

production

and

programming, POV digital, community engagement

and

development.

He is also the executive producer of America ReFramed, a

documentary

series on the WORLD Channel. He has served on juries and panels at film festivals around the world including IDFA, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel, and Doc Aviv. Alexandra

Halkin

is a documentary filmmaker and Founding Director of AMI. Ms. Halkin,

a Guggenheim

and

Fulbright

Fellow,

has been working on documentary projects in Cuba for over two decades. AMI focuses on the distribution of Cuban Independent and community media in collaboration with Icarus Films in New York. Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias

3 is

funded in part by the Ford Foundation.

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