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PBS Series P.O.V. Launches 11th Season

PBS Series P.O.V. Launches 11th Season

by Mark Rabinowitz

The venerable PBS television series, P.O.V. embarks on its second decade
of quality documentary programming this Summer, with the June 2nd airing
of Anne Makepeace’s “Baby It’s You.” An inside look at the modern
practices of fertility science, experienced when the filmmaker realizes
that she “can’t get pregnant the fun way,” this film screened at the
1998 Sundance Film Festival in the documentary competition.

Other highlights of the coming season include a 60-minute version of Arthur
Dong’s 1997 Sundance award winning film “Licensed To Kill,” a film which
probes the minds of men in prison for killing homosexuals; 1997 Sundance
award winner Macky Alston’s “Family Name,” in which he examines his
family’s slave-owning past and investigates his link to back families
that share his name; and Christine Fugate and Eren McGinnis’ look at the
lives of four family-owned tobacco farms in Kentucky and how they are
caught between anti-tobacco activists ad tobacco-industry lobbyists,
Tobacco Blues.”

August 4th brings a series of three short films by women directors,
entitled “She Shorts.” The selections include Elizabeth Schub’s award-
winning festival fave, “Cuba 15“; Ellie Lee’s “Repetition Compulsion,”
and Tina DeFeliciantonio and Jane C. Wagner’s portrait of author
Dorothy Allison (“Bastard Out of Carolina“), “Two or Three Things
But Nothing For Sure
.” In all, of eight of the thirteen films in the season,
were directed by women.

P.O.V.’s outreach doesn’t stop at the broadcast level, however,
encouraging viewer feed back through letters, e-mail, a toll-free hotline,
and the new “Talking Back: Video Letters to P.O.V.,” a program inviting
viewers to video tape their reactions to P.O.V. programming. In
addition, P.O.V. Interactive ‘s use of the World Wide Web to provide
non-broadcast related content hit a high point with their web site
detailing the transfer of power in Hong Kong.

The schedule for this Summer’s season of P.O.V. is as follows (all shows
are at 10:00pm EDT — check local listings for the PBS station in your

June 2 — “Baby, It’s You” by Anne Makepeace

June 9 — “Tobacco Blues” by Eren McGinnis and Christine Fugate

June 16 — “The Band” by David Zeiger

June 23 — “Licensed To Kill” by Arthur Dong

June 30 — “Kelly Loves Tony” by Spencer Nakasano

July 7 — “If I Can’t Do It” by Walter Brock

July 14 — “Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour” by Susan Stern

July 21 — “The Vanishing Line” by Maren Monsen

July 28 — “Sacrifice” by Ellen Bruno

August 4 — “She Shorts” Short films by Elizabeth Schub, Ellie Lee, and
Tina DeFeliciantonio and Jane C. Wagner

September (Date TBA) — “Family Name” by Macky Alston

Some productions are co-presentations of: the Independent Television
Service, the National Asian American Telecommunications Association,
Kentucky ETV and the National Education Telecommunications Association.

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