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.