About Us

A national nonprofit 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.

Broadcast Series

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is American 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.

America ReFramed

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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.

Interactive

The series' interactive arm, POV Spark, creates and advances experiential forms of storytelling and programming, redefining U.S. public media to be more inclusive of emerging technologies and interactive makers.

Engagement

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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. The POV Engage 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.

The POV Community Network makes more than 200 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.

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.

Major Awards

42 Emmy Awards

3 Academy Awards

26 George Foster Peabody Awards

15 duPont-Columbia University Awards

Who We Are

Board of Directors

Margaret Drain

Margaret Drain

Chair

Former VP of National Programming, WGBH
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Michael Isip

Vice Chair

President & Chief Operating Officer, KQED
John Bredar

John Bredar

Secretary

VP, National Programming WGBH — Boston
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Zain Habboo

Director

Chief Digital and Creative Officer, Fenton
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Jane Hirt

Director

Former Chicago Tribune Managing Editor and Co-Founder of RedEye
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Maori Holmes

Director

Founder of BlackStar Film Festival
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Anjali Kumar

Director

Author, Idea Acupuncturist and Co-Founder of the Justice Dept.
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Danielle Lee

Director

President, Warner Music Artist and Fan Experiences
Chris Plaut

Chris Plaut

Treasurer

Partner, Latham & Watkins, LLP
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Kellie Castruita Specter

Director

Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer, WNET
Carolyn Strauss

Carolyn Strauss

Director

Production Executive, HBO
Joi Thomas

Joi Thomas

Director

Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, Kids & Family, Netflix
Beth Viner

Beth Viner

Director

Partner, BCG Digital Ventures
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Ann Tenenbaum

Emeritus

Civic Leader New York

Leadership

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Kristal Choy

Vice President, Finance & Business Affairs

Finance & Operations
Erika Dilday

Erika Dilday

Executive Director, American Documentary

Executive Producer, POV & American ReFramed
Asadullah Muhammad

Asadullah Muhammad

Vice President, Impact and Engagement Strategy

Engagement
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Theresa Navarro

Vice President, Development, Communications & Government Affairs

External Affairs
Chris White

Chris White

Vice President, Programming and Production

Executive Producer, POV & America ReFramed

Staff

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Mahboob Alam

Marketing Associate

External Affairs
Opal H. Bennett

Opal H. Bennett

Shorts Producer

Production & Programming
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Alexa Bowers

Development Operations Associate

External Affairs
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Matisse Bustos

Marketing & Communications Consultant

External Affairs
Robert Y. Chang

Robert Y. Chang, PhD

Coordinating Producer

America ReFramed
CourtneyCook

Courtney B. Cook, PhD

Education Manager

Engagement
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Nicky Cook

Associate Producer

Production & Programming
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Betty Cordero

Senior Director

Finance & Operations
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Rachel Friedland

Senior Associate, Programs & Engagement

Engagement
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Livia Huang

Programming & Engagement Associate

America ReFramed
Annick Laurent

Annick Laurent

Media Coordinator

Production & Programming
Kerry LeVielle

Kerry LeVielle

Media Coordinator

Production & Programming
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David Nanasi

Consultant

Finance & Operations
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Bree Nieves

Digital Production Coordinator

External Affairs
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Andy Reischling

Digital Content Associate

External Affairs
Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers

Communications Associate

America ReFramed
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Robert Salyer

Outreach Specialist

Engagement
AqilahThomas

Aqiyla M. Thomas

Manager of Community Engagement

Engagement
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Will Tolliver, Jr.

Education Assistant

Engagement
Nicole Tsien

Nicole Tsien

Co-Producer

Production & Programming
Carmen Vicencio

Carmen L. Vicencio

Supervising Producer

America ReFramed

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