Doc U: The Future of Docs on PBS

Thursday, May 10, 2012 7:00 pm

The Cinefamily
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

On Thursday, May 10, 2012, the International Documentary Association (IDA) invites you to join Simon Kilmurry, Executive Producer of American Documentary | POV; Lyn Goldfarb, award-winning documentary director and producer; Gordon Quinn, Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films; Lois Vossen, founding and Senior Series Producer of Independent Lens; and Brenda Brkusic, Executive Producer of Program Development and National Productions at PBS SoCaL, to discuss these issues and contribute to the conversation about independent documentary programming on PBS.

For IDA regular members, the price to attend the event is $15; for IDA student members, $5; and for non-members, $20. More information, along with tickets, can be found online.


PBS has long been an important outlet for independent documentary programming. Through POV and Independent Lens, millions of households gain free access to documentary programming addressing the most important issues of our time. But the landscape is changing for these programs. PBS announced a change in schedule for Independent Lens and POV, resulting in less favorable and inconsistent time slots. The documentary community responded with the public advocacy campaign PBS Needs Indies, and it received such support from independent producers that PBS announced it would reconsider the schedule move for both series. 


With these shifting realities, as well as significant cuts to funding to PBS' nonfiction programming from the National Endowment for the Arts, what does the future hold for independent documentary films and public broadcasting? What can you do to impact the decisions and changes being made right now?