POV, the award-winning documentary series of PBS, takes on the world of interactive media with the launch of POV Spark. Making emerging technologies and interactive projects accessible to audiences beyond expensive headsets and exclusive festivals, POV Spark will produce and fund interactive projects for public media, kicking off its inaugural year with three interactive productions and two field-building initiatives.
POV’s first three interactive productions which will feature a wide range of storytelling utilizing cutting-edge technologies. These projects include Changing Same, created by Michèle Stephenson, Joe Brewster, and Yasmin Elayat; Queen vs. Godfred, created by Marc Serpa Francoeur, Robinder Uppal; and Atomu, created by Shariffa Ali, Yetunde Dada. (More information on the POV Spark productions below; content will be distributed on multiple platforms):
Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage is an immersive, room-scale virtual reality experience where the participant travels through time and space to witness the connected historical experiences of racial injustice in the United States. A haunting story infused with magical realism and afrofuturism, Changing Same: An American Pilgrimage examines the uninterrupted cycle of the history of racial oppression, past and present. A co-production of Rada Film Group and Scatter.
The Queen Versus Godfred is an interactive visual podcast taking a deep dive into incidents that occurred one night in 2013, when 26-year-old West African immigrant Godfred Addai-Nyamekye was the victim of horrific police brutality in Calgary, Canada. Using dynamic visuals, audio storytelling, and exclusive investigative materials, The Queen Versus Godfred will be available online in mobile, tablet, and desktop formats. A co-production with Lost Time Media, Big Cedar Films, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Atomu places the viewer at the cyclical center of a Kikuyu tribal myth. Circle the Mugumo tree seven times and transform from masculine to feminine or feminine to masculine; and live in your new identity forever. This is the ritual of the Kikuyu ancestors that no contemporary person has experienced until now, in virtual reality. Atlas V is a co-executive producer of Atomu.
PBS Series Launches POV Spark This Spring