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 DOC NYC 2020
October 16, 2020

SocDoc at DOC NYC 2020

SocDoc has a strong showing with several films from our clever faculty and alumni, as well as our annual student showcase. Read More
Alumni New Films News Round-Up
October 15, 2020

Alumni New Films News Round-Up

A lot of our smart & talented alumni are out in the world with their films at pitch markets, festivals, and streaming - take a look! Read More

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're in Austin in March, check out these alumni-directed films 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