POV Executive Director Simon Kilmurry talks with Marcia Franklin about how he selects the films for this longest-running showcase of independent non-fiction films on television. POV, which airs on PBS, recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Kilmurry joined the organization in 1999 and became the executive director in 2006.
He talks about what draws him to documentaries and the power they can have, as well as the system he and his staff have built to screen nearly 1,000 submissions to pick only 16 films per season. He and Franklin also discuss the changing nature of independent non-fiction film, including the rise of documentaries produced in foreign countries.
POV films have received many honors, including three Academy Awards, 32 Emmys, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards and 10 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards.