By Sahil Patel
PBS is working with Independent Lens and POV (Point-of-View) to release a collection of 26 digital short films over the coming months.
Commissioned by PBS, the short films focus on upbeat stories that appeal to young and socially-savvy viewers. Varying in length (anywhere from three to 20 minutes), the short films seek to highlight indie filmmaking talent across the country.
Six of the 26 shorts are available online today, across all PBS digital platforms, including the network’s mobile app, apps for Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox, and YouTube channels. Going forward, the plan is to release four new films each month. In addition, POV will premiere a series of interactive documentaries later this summer.
This all leads up to PBS’ annual Online Film Festival, which will be held from June 16-July 31. The festival will screen more than 25 short films from PBS partners including Independent Lens and POV, as well as various public-TV producers and PBS local member stations.
Here’s some more info on the six films which debuted today:
“Mr. Smith’s Peach Seeds” (POV) — Meet the retired meter reader and cattle rancher who has carved hundreds of peach seeds into hummingbirds, stingrays, gospel choirs, entire villages, and even a baseball stadium. The film is available here:http://www.pbs.org/indiefilms/shorts/mr-smiths-peach-seeds
“Wood” (POV) — Follow the journey of timber from the forest to the sawmill, and meet the working men who guide it along the way. The film is available here: http://www.pbs.org/indiefilms/shorts/wood
“Paraíso” (POV) — Experience the danger that immigrant window cleaners face each day as they risk their lives rappelling down Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. The film is available here: http://www.pbs.org/indiefilms/shorts/paraiso
“Lucky Dip” (INDEPENDENT LENS) — Meet a little girl in a stormy seaside town who encounters a magical amusement arcade rabbit and the foreboding Pin Man. The film is available here: http://www.pbs.org/indiefilms/shorts/lucky-dip
“Here and Away” (INDEPENDENT LENS) — Two people — an old man living on a small island and a young woman living in one of the world’s biggest cities — describe why no other place on earth could ever be home. The film is available here:http://www.pbs.org/indiefilms/shorts/here-and-away
“Home” (INDEPENDENT LENS) — Take a bittersweet, evocative journey through the filmmaker’s childhood home, which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina and mistakenly torn down a year later. The film is available here:http://www.pbs.org/indiefilms/shorts/home