Thom Powers

Festival Director

Thom Powers, Festival Director


www.purenonfiction.net

Classes taught:
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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Fall 2019 info sessions
October 24, 2018

Fall 2019 info sessions

Interested in human stories?  Connected to social justice issues?  Explore the potential of a career in documentary storytelling at SVA’s MFA Social Documentary Read More
Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC
October 17, 2018

Wisdom, Grit, Elephants & more SocDoc titles at Doc NYC

Fall begins and we’re excited to find some of our alumni and faculty’s new films at Doc NYC this year! Come and join us to watch some amazing films - grab some friends!Read More
Fall Weekend Workshops
October 02, 2018

Fall Weekend Workshops

We've got three weekend workshops coming up in the Fall to help you brush up on your camera & sound skills and perfect your budget. Maybe you're just starting out and need the basics, or you are more experienced and want a refresher - the Read More
8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!
September 12, 2018

8th Thesis Showcase Films Announced!

Join us to celebrate the graduates of School of VISUAL ARTS MFA Social Documentary Film with the 8th Annual Thesis Showcase. We are proud to celebrate GROUP 8, the class of 2018! Here we share their work-in-progress thesis films, which inspir Read More