Press Release

November 25 2019

Opal H. Bennett to Join as POV Shorts Producer

Veteran Programmer Most Recently Worked on Montclair and Nantucket Film Festivals

New York, N.Y.November 25, 2019 — American Documentary (AmDoc), the parent organization of the PBS documentary series POV, announced the addition of Opal H. Bennett as producer for POV Shorts, the public television series dedicated to short-form nonfiction films.

Bennett comes with extensive programming experience, and was most recently shorts programmer for the Montclair and Nantucket Film Festivals. She is also a programmer for Aspen ShortsFest, Athena Film Festival and DOC NYC, and consults for the March on Washington Film Festival.

"POV has been the leading showcase of American nonfiction for decades and with last year’s launch of POV Shorts, POV has expanded its already rich platform of the best, boldest, and most innovative programming to include shorts,” said Bennett. “I’m thrilled to join the team to work on this most exciting and impactful short form curation.”

In addition to Bennett’s hiring, POV has promoted several staff members on its programming and production teams: Sophie Harari to associate producer for POV, Nicky Cook to media coordinator and Robert Chang to coordinating producer for America ReFramed.

More about Opal H. Bennett is in her bio below:

Opal H. Bennett, POV Shorts Producer

Opal H. Bennett has been a curator since 2014 when she joined the programming team at Montclair Film Festival as shorts programmer. She is on the programming teams for Aspen ShortsFest, Athena Film Festival and DOC NYC, and is a programming consultant for the March on Washington Film Festival. She is also on the selection committee for shorts at Cinema Eye Honors and the International Documentary Association. Opal has served on juries for SXSW, IndieMemphis, NewFest, Leuven ShortsFest, New Orleans, Cleveland and Seattle International Film Festivals among others. She has also participated on selection committees for documentary programming and grants. A Columbia Law grad, Opal holds a masters in media studies from the London School of Economics, and received her B.A. from New York University.