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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Application Info Session Jan 22
January 11, 2018

Application Info Session Jan 22

SocDoc is hosting an online info session ahead of our application deadline. Drop in to this online info session anytime from 3-6pm EST to have your questions answered – whether you have a query about the application process, or want more details on the program and department itself. Read More
Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman
January 11, 2018

Masterclass with Frederick Wiseman

We are thrilled to announce that we are hosting one of America’s best known documentary filmmakers, Frederick Wiseman, to give a masterclass for SVA students following the recent release of his 41st documentary Ex Libris – The New Yor Read More
Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings
December 20, 2017

Prospective Students: Attend Spring Process & Style Screenings

If you're considering joining SVA's MFA Social Documentary Film program, we encourage you to come by for a tour of the department, and to sit in on our weekly screening series that comprise our Process & Style class on Thursday evenings. Read More
NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives
December 06, 2017

NEW! Two-Day Documentary Intensives

We are excited to announce that new this year, SocDoc is expanding our class offerings to include a couple of weekend-long workshops as well as a two-week summer session. These classes are all open to the public.

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