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Thom Powers
Q&A  Bio 

doc mav


Hometown:
Detroit, Michigan (birthplace); Montclair, New Jersey (current)

Programming for the Festival since:
2006

Desert-island films:
Gimme Shelter
Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
Undefeated

Your favourite Festival programmer who is not you:
Rasha Salti. We were first introduced by Christopher Hitchens in 1999 and years later I recruited her for the Festival. Her humour and insight make her a first-rate dinner companion.

The strangest place you’ve ever watched a film:
Phil Donahue invited me to his Fifth Avenue penthouse to watch Body of War. I was wary because I’d sat with him the previous year watching a cut of the film that wasn’t ready and I had to turn it down. Now he was having trouble getting the DVD player to work and had to call Marlo Thomas into the room for help. Once the film got going, I was mightily impressed and it ultimately made for a memorable screening in 2007. In fact, it ranked in second place for the Festival’s audience award and led to the Festival creating a unique People’s Choice Documentary Award.

What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren’t programming for the Festival?
I’m a glutton for festival programming. I also do it for DOC NYC in November, Miami in March, and Montclair in May. In addition, I co-run the weekly Stranger Than Fiction series in Manhattan, and the monthly Doc Club on SundanceNOW.com.

Twitter?
@thompowers