American Documentary (AmDoc) was established to provide a venue for presenting the work of visionary independent filmmakers in the nonfiction genre. AmDoc's signature series, P.O.V. ("point of view"), combines provocative, real-life storytelling with innovative models that experiment with the role that media arts can play in public life.
This award-winning PBS series premiered in 1988 and quickly became a haven for independent producers. Since that time, the series has consistently brought diverse, often marginalized perspectives to the general public. Through its media lab projects, P.O.V. also explores ways to maximize the artists' work as a springboard to fostering public dialogue and civic engagement at the national, regional and community levels. The series regularly showcases the work of both emerging and accomplished New York-based filmmakers.