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. He is the co-founder and artistic director of America's largest documentary festival DOC NYC. He hosts the podcast Pure Nonfiction, interviewing documentary makers; and the weekly radio spot “Documentary of the Week” for New York's public radio station, WNYC. He programs for the Miami International Film Festival 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 Cannes, Sundance and other festivals in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. Before working as a festival programmer, Powers spent a decade directing and producing documentaries for HBO and PBS.

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SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020
February 13, 2020

SocDoc at SXSW Festival 2020

 
 
Winter is nearly behind us which means its time to kick off the 2020 festival season! 

SocDoc has a strong showing at South By Southwest this year. So if you' Read More
Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops
January 15, 2020

Camera, Sound & Budgeting Winter Weekend Workshops

Interested in improving your documentary skills? Here are five workshops which can give you a whole range of skills to explore the wonderland of documentary. Whatever your professional background, these small classes will provide targeted and hands-o Read More
Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!
January 14, 2020

Sundance 2020: Alumni films at the festival!

The SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2020 has announced their line up, which includes seven SocDoc titles!

In the US Documentary Competition, three of the sixteen selected features have SocDoc Alumni and Faculty on crew:
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DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!
October 21, 2019

DOC NYC 2019 - SocDoc in Abundance!

We are thrilled to see so many SocDoc filmmakers a part of this year’s DOC NYC line-up! DOC NYC, America's largeset documentary festival, is entering it's tenth year, November 6-15, 2019. We are proud long-time supporters of the festiva Read More