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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Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni
May 29, 2019

Now Streaming: SocDoc Alumni

A great many SocDoc alumni films are recently streaming into the comfort of your home these days - so we compiled a list to make a TV party easy for you! Check out the work our alumni are making, and tell a friend. Read More
Spring Festivals!
April 04, 2019

Spring Festivals!

Festival season is ramping up and our prolific SocDoc alum are screening at major festivals across North America. Here’s a rundown of where SocDocers and their films are at over the next few months:  Read More
2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship
March 29, 2019

2019 Alumni Editing Fellowship

Graduates of SVA’s MFA Documentary program (Groups 1 through 8) are invited to apply for the second annual SocDoc Summer Editing Fellowship with their documentary features in post-production.

Acknowledging that emerging documenta Read More
March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops
February 12, 2019

March Weekend Camera & Sound Workshops

We've got two weekend workshops coming up in March to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills. Read More