The PBS Online Film Festival announced two winners today. “My Dear Americans,” submitted by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), and “Digging for Water,” from KLRU Austin, a PBS member station, will both be screened online tomorrow, August 6, at 2pm ET.
“My Dear Americans,” directed by Arpita Kumar, focuses on an Indian-American couple in a US suburb. Created with support from the Center for Asian American Media and as a result of the Film Independent’s Project Involve for diverse filmmakers, it won the “People’s Choice” award at the third annual digital film fest.
Recognized for its superior view count (compared to the other 25 short films screened for PBS’s festival), “Digging for Water” follows a Hatian community’s difficulty in obtaining a clean water source. Its director, investigative journalist Joshua Riehl, filmed the documentary during three trips to Haiti that took place over 18 months.
Voting for the PBS Online Film Festival recently closed on July 31, after having opened on June 16. Kumar’s winning film garnered over 50,000 votes, dwarfing last year’s winner’s votes by about 29,000. Throughout the entire festival, digital film entries got upwards of 350,000 streams.
Other media partners and member stations involved in the PBS Online Film Festival include Alaska Public Media, Independent Lens, KQED, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and Pacific Islanders in Communications, among others.
Tomorrow’s screening of “My Dear Americans” and “Digging for Water” will take place here.