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PBS Launches Digital Collection of Independent Shorts, Announces June Dates of Online Film Festival

Photo of Shipra Gupta By Shipra Gupta | Indiewire March 6, 2014 at 9:40AM

PBS premiered six digital short films on its site today -- part of a larger collection of 26, commissioned by the producers of the long-running PBS programs "Independent Lens" and "POV."
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PBS premiered six digital short films on its site this week -- part of a larger collection of 26, commissioned by the producers of the long-running PBS documentary series "Independent Lens" and "POV."

In a press release issued by PBS earlier today, Donald Thoms, Vice President of Programming and Talent Management called the network "the home for independent films," noting in particular the contributions of the programming provided by "Independent Lens" and "POV."

“This collection of original digital shorts," he said, "will introduce new audiences to the diverse and compelling content PBS offers from independent producers from across the country. In addition, this collection of short independent films will be a great run-up to the June launch of the Online Film Festival, which has become an annual event for short film fans.”

PBS will release the remaining 20 digital shorts in groups of four at the beginning of each month, starting next month. The third edition of PBS' popular Online Film Festival will take place June 16-July 31.

The six shorts released today are available on all PBS digital platforms. Per the PBS press release, here is a list of the six shorts released online today, along with a brief logline:

  • “Mr. Smith’s Peach Seeds” (POV): Meet the retired meter reader and cattle rancher who has carved hundreds of peach seeds into hummingbirds, stingrays, gospel choirs, entire villages, and even a baseball stadium.
  • “Wood” (POV): Follow the journey of timber from the forest to the sawmill, and meet the working men who guide it along the way. 
  • “Paraíso” (POV): Experience the danger that immigrant window cleaners face each day as they risk their lives rappelling down Chicago's tallest skyscrapers.
  • “Lucky Dip” (INDEPENDENT LENS): Meet a little girl in a stormy seaside town who encounters a magical amusement arcade rabbit and the foreboding Pin Man.
  • “Here and Away” (INDEPENDENT LENS): Two people—an old man living on a small island and a young woman living in one of the world’s biggest cities—describe why no other place on earth could ever be home.
  • “Home” (INDEPENDENT LENS): Take a bittersweet, evocative journey through the filmmaker’s childhood home, which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and mistakenly torn down a year later.

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