We support bold documentaries & documentarians for the public good.

A national non-profit media arts organization, American Documentary (AmDoc) strives to make essential documentaries accessible as a catalyst for public discourse. We collaborate with passionate filmmakers to amplify their voices, and to nurture the nonfiction community.

Documentaries with a Point of View

POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent nonfiction films. POV premieres 14–16 of the best, boldest, and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling, and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

Case Studies

Get an in-depth look at the results of our engagement work through these case studies of some of our past campaigns.

American Graduate: Brooklyn Castle and American Promise

American Graduate: Brooklyn Castle and American Promise

Impact highlights: 66% of students were compelled to take more responsibility for their education.

All the Difference

All the Difference

Impact highlights: 88% of participants reported that they are now considering trying or doing something different to impact youths.

Made in LA

Made in LA

We presented the film as arts programming during California's Labor Week initiative in partnership with the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles.

Where Soldiers Come From

Where Soldiers Come From

"It deepened my understanding of why vets have such a hard time coming home." -Audience Member, American Red Cross of West Michigan

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America ReFramed

America ReFramed is a year-round documentary series that illuminates the changing contours of our ever-evolving nation. A co-production with the WORLD Channel, the series launched in 2012 to respond to the growing need for intimate and diverse stories that are domestically based. Viewers are immersed in personal stories that span the spectrum of American life, and are invited to reflect on topics as varied as healthcare, politics, gun violence, religion, and more. America ReFramed has won GRACIE, Christopher, Telly, and Cine Golden Eagle Awards, and received nominations for an EMMY, Independent Documentary Association, and Imagen Awards.

Fall 2017 highlights

Season 5 trailer

Check out America Reframed

POV Digital

POV Digital brings documentary to the digital public. We produce original interactive projects, reimagine documentaries for emerging platforms, and host Digital Labs where artists and technologists can experiment together. POV Digital's work has received numerous awards, including a News and Documentary Emmy, a Webby Award, the Online Journalism Award, and several W3 Awards.

Interactive projects about race and ethnicity

We worked with the New York Times and three mediamakers to create interactive projects about race and ethnicity.

First-ever documentaries for Snapchat

We produced the first-ever documentaries for Snapchat, working with award-winning filmmakers and reaching a new, younger audience.

Whiteness Project

Whiteness Project began as a prototype at POV Digital Lab and has grown into a multi-platform investigation of race, privilege and identity.


POV Community Engagement & Education

For over 20 years, POV has pioneered models for civic engagement using independent documentary films by some of the most acclaimed storytellers of our time. POV's Community Engagement and Education team partners with community-based organizations, educators, librarians, and other engaged community members to spark conversation about the issues presented in our films and digital productions. Free screenings, panel discussions and public events are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback, to educational opportunities and community participation.

POV Community Network

The POV Community Network makes more than 90 POV feature films, shorts and digital initiatives available for free to over 10,000 local and national partners. Join the Network to discover films by title or topic, plus accompanying materials such as discussion guides, promotional tools and other resources to help shape the conversation and inspire action.

For Educators

POV collaborates with media educators to produce lesson plans for teachers interested in using our films as a teaching tool. We offer free resources for educators, including 200+ online film clips connected to 100+ standards-aligned lesson plans, discussion guides and reading lists.

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Who We Are

For the past three decades, American Documentary (AmDoc) has presented more than 500 nonfiction and interactive projects through its award-winning programs reaching millions of viewers around the country, for free. AmDoc believes in the power of documentary film to challenge, inform, and inspire viewers by presenting personal stories and perspectives different than their own.

Major Awards

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AmDoc films have won: 39 Emmy® Awards

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AmDoc films have won: 3 Academy Awards

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AmDoc films have won: 20 George Foster Peabody Awards

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AmDoc films have won: 12 DuPont Columbia Awards

Award Highlights

MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions

The Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism (2016)

International Documentary Association Best Curated Series Award (2015)

International Documentary Association Best Continuing Series Award (2011)

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Award for Corporate Commitment to Diversity (2011)

International Documentary Association Best Continuing Series Award (2009)

Industry Award from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (2007)

Special Emmy Award for Excellence in Television Documentary Filmmaking (2007)


People

Board of Directors, American Documentary, Inc.

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain
Chair
Former VP of National Programming — WGBH

Michael Issip

Michael Isip
Vice Chair
VP, Television KQED

Henry P. Becton, Jr.

Henry P. Becton, Jr.
Treasurer
Vice Chair, WGBH — Boston WGBH Educational Foundation

John Bredar

John Bredar
Secretary
VP, National Programming WGBH — Boston

Jon Abbott

Jon Abbott
Director
President WGBH —Boston

John L. Boland

John L. Boland
Director
President/CEO KQED

Chris Plaut

Chris Plaut
Director
Partner - Latham & Watkins, LLP

Tammy Robinson

Tammy Robinson
Director
Former VP WNET/ Thirteen

Stephen Segaller

Stephen Segaller
Director
VP, Programming Thirteen/WNET — New York

Neal Shapiro

Neal Shapiro
Director
President/CEO Thirteen/WNET — New York

Beth Viner

Beth Viner
Director
General Manager - Kickstarter

Ann Tenenbaum

Ann Tenenbaum
Emeritus
Civic Leader New York

Staff

Justine Nagan

Justine Nagan
Executive Director, AMDOC
Executive Producer, POV & America ReFramed

Chris White

Chris White
Executive Producer, POV & America ReFramed

Eliza Licht

Eliza Licht
VP, Content Strategy & Engagement, POV & American Documentary

Opeyemi Olukemi

Opeyemi Olukemi
VP, Digital Production & Innovation

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Ione Barrows

Ione Barrows
Community Engagement & Education Associate, POV

Lucas Carlisle

Lucas Carlisle
Designer

Betty Cordero

Robert Y. Chang
Associate Producer, America ReFramed

Betty Cordero

Betty Cordero
Director Of Finance & Operations

Nikki Heyman

Nikki Heyman
Coordinating Producer, POV

Erika Howard

Erika Howard
Director Of Audience Engagement & Special Projects, POV

Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo

Yvonne Ashley Kouadjo
Digital Producer & Content Coordinator, POV Digital

John Macfarlane​

John Macfarlane​
Special Projects Producer, POV Digital

David Nanasi

David Nanasi
Consultant, Operations

Theresa Navarro

Theresa Navarro
Program & Development Manager

Isaac Park

Isaac Park
Communications Associate, POV

Sunil Patel

Sunil Patel
Full-Stack Developer, POV Digital

Alice Quinlan

Alice Quinlan
Community Engagement & Education Manager, POV

Keisha Salmon

Keisha Salmon
Director, Audience Development & Communications, POV

Nicole Tsien

Nicole Tsien
Associate Producer, POV

Carmen L. Vicencio

Carmen L. Vicencio
Series Producer, America ReFramed


Our Partners

Macarthur Fundation
Corporation of Public Broadcasting
PBS
The Fledgling Fund
iTVS
Art Works and National Endowment for the Arts
Open Society Fundations
The Reva & David Logan Foundation
WNYC
Bertha Foundation
Wyncote Foundation
New York State of opportunity and Council on the Arts
Pacific Islanders In Communications
Vision Maker Media
Center for Asian American Media
Latino Public Broadcasting
National Black Programming Consortium
World Channel