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Tools to Help First-Generation College-Bound Students Achieve Their Goals

The documentary All The Difference, a part of American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, traces the paths of two teens from the South Side of Chicago who dared to dream a seemingly impossible dream: to graduate from college. POV's resources challenge students, families and educators with real-life situations that Robert and Krishaun from All The Difference experienced themselves.

For Students: An online, interactive College Bound Students Handbook introduced by Executive Producer Wes Moore and intended for first-generation students to use in their college prep and through their college careers. The handbook covers such topics as college selection, financial aid packages, time management, networking, academic majors and stumbling blocks.

For Educators: An online, interactive Facilitators Guide offers strategies and activities to use the film to start conversations with students and help them prepare for their college careers.

PBS will broadcast All The Difference on Monday, Sept. 12 to kick off "Spotlight Education," a special week of programming examining the challenges facing today’s students and America’s education system.


AMERICAN HEART centers on a remarkable health clinic tucked away in St. Paul, Minn., which serves as a crossroads for chronically ill refugees and their devoted doctors.

AMERICA REFRAMED documentaries put a human face on the headlines that inform #YourVote2016—from healthcare to immigration. Tune in every Tuesday, 8 p.m. on WORLD Channel (check local listings), with next-day streaming at Share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter @AmericaReFramed and Youtube.

Filmmaker Resources

A still from Pedro Kos' documentary about Partners in Health, in development with Kief Davidson.

The last weeks of summer are here, but our resources for filmmakers last forever! Know emerging editors? Let them know that the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is accepting applications for a 2017 fellow. We've been entering the edit with 2016 Eileen Meyer, exploring the under-appreciated craft of documentary editing. For more resources and filmmaking insights, visit our For Filmmakers page for our newly expanded list of documentary funding resources, film festivals and more.

Visit POV's "For Filmmakers" Page

Doc Talk

Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding comes from Nancy Blachman and David desJardins, Bertha Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, The Fledgling Fund, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ettinger Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, 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.

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