Thom Powers

Festival Director

Thom Powers, Festival Director


www.purenonfiction.net

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Thesis: Producing

Thom Powers has been a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2006; and he curates the subscription VOD platform SundanceNOW Doc Club. He is the co-founder and artistic director of America's largest documentary festival DOC NYC and has been described by The New York Times as a “kingmaker for documentaries.” He hosts the weekly podcast Pure Nonfiction, interviewing documentary makers; and co-hosts the weekly radio spot “Documentary of the Week” for New York's public radio station WNYC. He runs the weekly Stranger Than Fiction screening series at IFC Center since 2005; and was the founding artistic director of the Montclair Film Festival from 2012-14. Powers programs for the Miami International Film Festival, teaches at the School of Visual Arts, and was a co-founder of the Cinema Eye Honors and the Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant. He has served as a festival juror for Sundance, CPH:DOX, Doc Aviv, and It’s All True. Before working as a festival programmer, Powers spent a decade directing and producing documentaries for HBO and PBS.

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Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available
April 04, 2018

Summer Intensive: A Few Places Still Available

Ross Kauffman (Born Into Brothels), Richard Hankin (The Jinx), Deborah Dickson (Ruthie & Connie), Ann Collins (Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold), Tom Hurwitz, ASC (Queen of Versailles) confirmed faculty; what you will learn, and more!

 
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Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 30, 2018

Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 7) are invited to apply for the first ever SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.
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Spring Festivals!
March 20, 2018

Spring Festivals!

Spring feels like Festival Season & we are zipping around North America this month with films from our prolific faculty and alumni. SocDocers are attending many festivals – we hope to see you around!
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Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview
February 14, 2018

Summer Residency: The Art of the Documentary Interview

We are launching our first summer intensive - a two-week ‘Mini-SocDoc’ for emerging filmmakers to polish their skills as directors. Read More