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Thom Powers

Thom Powers is the documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival and artistic director of America's largest documentary festival DOC NYC, he hosts the podcasts Pure Nonfiction for the TIFF podcast network and Documentary of the Week for New York's public radio station WNYC.

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110: Joshua Wong on Hong Kong
Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film
“Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower” on Netflix follows the Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong who started leading protests at the age of 14. His actions helped give rise to a democracy movement that brought over a million people to the streets this summer. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Joshua and the film’s director Joe Piscatella at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017 when the documentary made its debut and Joshua was 19. Since then, Joshua served time in prison for charges related to organizing a demonstration. He was released from prison after two months in June 2019.On Twitter: @joshuawongcf @PureNonfiction @thompowers The post 110: Joshua Wong on Hong Kong appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.
109: Running with Beto
Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film
Beto O’Rourke rose from obscurity to political stardom in 2018 when he ran for the Texas Senate seat against incumbent Ted Cruz. Filmmaker David Modigliani follows that journey in “Running with Beto,” now playing on HBO. On this podcast, Modigliani is joined by three Beto volunteers who are prominently featured in the film: Shannon Gay, Marcel McClinton and Amanda Salas. Their discussion was moderated by DOC NYC senior programmer Karen McMullen in front of a live audience at New York’s Metrograph theater. On Twitter: @PureNonfiction @thompowers The post 109: Running with Beto appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.
108: Asif Kapadia on Ayrton Senna, Amy Winehouse & Diego Maradona
Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film
“Diego Maradona”, making its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, is the latest from director Asif Kapadia. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Asif about that film along with his previous documentaries “Senna” (about Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna) and the Oscar-winning “Amy” (about singer Amy Winehouse). Their conversation took place in March at the CPH:DOX festival in Copenhagen. On Twitter: @asifkapadia @PureNonfiction @thompowers The post 108: Asif Kapadia on Ayrton Senna, Amy Winehouse & Diego Maradona appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.
107: Rachel Lears on filming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film
“Knock Down the House” captures four working class candidates running for Congress in West Virginia, Nevada, Missouri and New York City. That last one is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who overcame enormous odds to become the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 29. Director/producer/cinematographer Rachel Lears and her husband producer/editor Robin Blotnick follow AOC early on from her days as a bartender. Their previous film “The Hand that Feeds,” about immigrants forming a union in a Manhattan deli, won the 2014 DOC NYC Audience Award. “Knock Down the House” is now playing on Netflix. This interview, moderated by DOC NYC senior programmer Karen McMullen, was recorded with a live audience for the screening series Pure Nonfiction at IFC Center. On Twitter: @jubileefilms @PureNonfiction @thompowers The post 107: Rachel Lears on filming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.
106: Werner Herzog on “Meeting Gorbachev”
Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film
Werner Herzog talks about the history of Germany, the Soviet Union and dispenses marital advice on this episode. His latest film “Meeting Gorbachev” is based on interviews he conducted with the former Soviet leader over 2017-18. The film was co-directed by his longtime producer André Singer.Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Herzog at TIFF Doc Conference in September 2018. Hear their previous interview about “Into the Inferno” on episode 29.On Twitter: @PureNonfiction @thompowers The post 106: Werner Herzog on “Meeting Gorbachev” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.
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Location
Montclair, NJ, USA
Episode Count
139
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
3 days, 4 hours