Press Release

January 2 2024

American Documentary’s Between Earth & Sky Among the Year’s Stand Outs in 96th Academy Awards® Documentary Shortlist


Brooklyn, N.Y. – December 22, 2023 – American Documentary celebrates the news of POV Shorts’ Between Earth & Sky being shortlisted in the 96th Academy Awards'® Documentary Short Film category. The announcement was made December 21, 2023 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and follows a season marked by industry and media recognition for the organization. The film, directed by Andrew Nadkarni and produced by Nadkarni, Swetha Regunathan and Katie Schiller

is available for broadcast and streaming as part of POV Shorts landmark 6th season.

“What a wonderful honor for Andrew Nadkarni, and for his aunt and participant, Nalini Nadkarni," said Opal H. Bennett, Executive Producer, POV Shorts and Senior Producer, POV. "Between Earth & Sky is an exemplary part of the tapestry of stories and perspectives so necessary for a healthy public media landscape. We’re so proud to see this film acknowledged by the Academy.”

POV Shorts’ Between Earth & Sky was shortlisted from among 114 qualified films in the Documentary Short Film category.

Read more about the film below.

Between Earth and Sky

Director/Producer: Andrew Nadkarni

Producers: Swetha Regunathan and Katie Schiller

25 MIN | USA | 2023

Renowned ecologist Nalini Nadkarni studies "what grows back” after a disturbance in the rainforest canopy. After surviving a life-threatening fall from a tree, she must turn her research question onto herself to explore the effects of disturbance and recovery throughout her own life.

2023 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival - World Premiere, Winner Best Short; 2023 Hot Docs - International Premiere; 2023 Sheffield International Documentary

Nominations voting begins at 9 a.m. PT, Thursday, January 11, 2024, and concludes at 5 p.m. PT, Tuesday, January 16, 2024. The nominations for the 96th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, while the Oscars ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


About POV Shorts

POV Shorts launched in 2018 as one of the first PBS series dedicated to bold and timely short-form documentaries. The series is known for its curation, and for broadcasting award-winning titles, including: Emmy® winner The Love Bugs, Emmy® nominated Earthrise, Water Warriors, The Changing Same, Oscar® nominated Joe’s Violin and A Night at the Garden and the Oscar® shortlisted Stay Close, A Broken House and Águilas. POV Shorts won Best Short Form Series at the IDA Documentary Awards in 2023, 2022, and 2020.

About American Documentary, Inc.

American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc is a catalyst for public culture, developing collaborative strategic engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. These activities are designed to trigger action, from dialogue and feedback to educational opportunities and community participation.

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, the Open Society Foundations, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, Reva & David Logan Foundation, Park Foundation, and Perspective Fund. Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Sage Foundation, Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Chris and Nancy Plaut, Abby Pucker, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee and public television viewers. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.